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Religion briefs for May 4

Fairview seminar discusses 'Law of Attraction'

With the recent publication of books and articles touting the power of the Law of Attraction, many have come to believe that by just thinking a good thought or two, all the successes of life will drop into their laps. Not so, says New Thought teacher, speaker, and minister the Rev. Richard Kent Matthews of Christ Light Unity (New Thought) Church in Fairview.

'The Law of Attraction writers give the impression that it takes no actual work - just a thought - and your success is guaranteed,' he said in a press release. 'But it doesn't work that way. It's important to discover the truth as well as the misunderstandings about this so-called 'law.' Your success is not in the hands of some outside force but in your own resources. Bring those forth, and you can create almost anything.'

Matthews will present a free seminar entitled 'How to Create the Life You Want' from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Fairview Community Center, 300 Harrison St.

'The real 'secret' is developing a True Vision. Most people never do that and then wonder why they aren't manifesting their dreams,' Matthews said. 'This seminar will show you how to develop that Vision. It's a simple process. There's nothing supernatural about it. You already have all the abilities you need.'

Matthews was ordained to the ministry in 1993 after completing three years' ministerial training at Living Enrichment Institute in Wilsonville and New Possibilities Center/Lifesight Ministries in Portland. He was certified as pastoral counselor in 1995.

He has been on the speakers' bureaus of Cascade AIDS Project and the Oregon Food Bank, presenting to schools, businesses, churches and other community organizations.

For more information, call 503-618-0134, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.ChristLightUnity.org

Service to address pagan holiday

Beltane, an ancient Gaelic holiday also known as May Day, will be celebrated during the 10:30 a.m. May 4 service at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave.

The service will include drumming and chanting, 'as well as appearances by fairies and sprites, who will work their nature magic,' a press release states, adding: 'Guests are invited to wear something that shouts 'Summer is coming.' '

For more information, call 503-665-2628 or visit www.eastrose.org

Corrections chaplain named Ecumenist of Year

Tom O'Connor, administrator of Religious Services for the Oregon Department of Corrections, will be named Ecumenist of the Year on Tuesday, May 6, at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon annual Community Awards and Celebration Dinner.

The award is presented in recognition of O'Connor's leadership and commitment to 'fostering the love of Christ through ecumenical dialogue, witness and ministry,' according to a press statement.

O'Connor and a team of 30 chaplains, program staff and more than 1,400 volunteers work with the 13,300 men and women who are incarcerated in 14 state prisons throughout Oregon. O'Connor says he loves the fact that his job gives him 'a chance to work intimately with people from a wide variety of traditions,' including Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Wiccan, Catholic, Latter-day Saints, Seventh Day Adventist, Messianic Jews, Jehovah's Witness, Buddhist, Thelema, Hindu and Native American, as well as people who are 'no preference' - agnostic or atheistic.

'I find it very rewarding to be part of a state agency and a community that supports people as they grow in each of these traditions and in their individual spiritualities or understandings of life.'

O'Connor and a team of chaplains, led by the Rev. Tim Cayton, are creating the innovative 'Home for Good in Oregon' (HGO) program, which provides those getting released from prison with community and faith-based support.

O'Connor has worked for the last eight years in Oregon on religious, treatment, training, and evaluation issues in the social service and criminal justice systems. He has published several articles on the relationship and role of religion in regard to effective correctional programming. With Nathaniel Pallone, he co-edited 'Religion, the Community and the Rehabilitation of Criminal Offenders,' published in 2003.

The EMO Annual Community Awards and Celebration Dinner will be held at The Governor Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. A reception and silent auction to benefit EMO's ministries will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $60 per person and table sponsorships are available for $600. For more information, call Carla Starrett-Bigg at 503-221-1054 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Grotto to celebrate Mother's Day

The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland, will host its Eighth annual Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11, in the conference center.

There are two seating times: from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, and seating is limited.

The menu for the Mother's Day Brunch is listed on the Grotto's Web site: www.thegrotto.org/events/mothersdaybrunch

To register call 503-254-7371, visit the Mother's Day Brunch webpage or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Mother's Day Mass is at noon.

Methodist women to hold spring tea May 10

The Rockwood United Methodist Women is hosting its annual Spring Tea on Saturday, May 10, at the church, 17805 S.E. Stark St. Doors open at 1:15 p.m., and tea service begins at 2 p.m. The Marimba Ensemble from Tigard United Methodist Church will perform, and there will be a hanging basket and bake sale.

Admission is $8, and proceeds will benefit children's camp scholarships.

For information, call Joan Siel at 503-666-2139 or the church at 503-665-8764.

Minister speaks on parenthood 'no return' policy

A father once said of his newborn daughter: 'If she does not stop crying, she can go back.' During the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, May 11, the Rev. David Maynard will deliver a sermon on the 'No Exchange, No Return' policy of parenthood, at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave.

The Eastrose choir will sing. Program leader will be Donna Gutierrez. For more information, call 503-665-2628 or visit www.eastrose.org

Groundbreaking set for Filipino shrine

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Dambana, Filipino Faith Shrine, will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the upper level gardens at The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland.

The shrine will feature images of the Santo Nino (Infant Jesus), as well as Mary and San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint - symbols of the community's cultural affinity with these spiritual intercessors.

For more information, call Pia de Leon at 503-481-5228, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.dambana.org