Religion briefs for Aug. 27


Faith service set for Sept. 11

An interfaith service commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland.

The service will include reflections from interfaith leaders, music and the lighting of peace candles.

Sponsors include Bilal Mosque, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, First United Methodist Church of Portland, Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, Islamic Society of Greater Portland, Oregon Area Jewish Committee and Portland Campus Christian Ministry.

For more information, call Jenny Pratt at 503-221-1054, or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Good Shepherd offers Grief Share program

Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring, will offer a Grief Share program at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in room S106.

Signs will lead the way if you're not familiar with the location.

Grief Share consists of 13 two-hour weekly sessions designed to help those who are grieving over the death of a loved one, be it family or friend.

To register, call 503-663-5050. Cost is $30, and scholarships are available.

St. Luke sets divorce support sessions

St Luke Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave., is offering classes on rebuilding your life after divorce or the end of any committed relationship.

Some of the topics addressed include denial, letting go, self-worth, transition, openness, trust and relatedness.

Sessions take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 16. Cost is $200 for the series, and payment may be broken into two installments.

For more information, call Debbie Kohler, pastoral counselor and spiritual director, at 503-558-9400, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Methodist Church holds CROP Walk

Registration for the Gresham CROP Hunger Walk for Church World Service will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, rain or shine, at Gresham United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Eighth Ave.

Every walker must register, and there is no fee. The walk starts at 1:30 p.m., and the route through downtown Gresham is approximately 3.3 miles. (Shorter routes are also available.)

Organizers hope to raise $5,000, which will go to Zarephath's Ministries in Gresham as well as Church World Service's anti-hunger efforts.

For more information, call Dr. Robert L. Potter at 503-408-6865, or you can make a donation at

St. George to host festival Sept. 18

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2101 N.E. 162nd Ave., Portland, will hold its 34th annual Middle East Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

The church will offer barbecued chicken kebabs, gyros, felafel, spinach and meat pies, salads, Arabic sweets, Arabic bread and Arabic coffee. Entertainment includes Middle East folk dancing, music and a children's tent with games and activities, including a bouncy house. Icons, jewelry, books and CDs, as well as baked goods, will be sold. Church tours will be offered throughout the afternoon.

Admission is free. Tokens for food items will be available at the door (cash or check only). For more information, visit or call 503-255-6055.