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Open Hearts event now slated for Sunday

Jewish, Christian congregation's team up to raise awareness of marriage equality


Open Hearts = Open Minds will be held on Sunday in Lake Oswego from 1 to 5 p.m.

This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 9 but had to be rescheduled due to the snowstorm on that day.

Lake Oswego United Church of Christ is joining forces with Beit Haverim and Oregon United for Marriage, for a day of raising the issue of marriage equality for believers of all faiths. It is anticipated that the issue will be on the ballot as an initiative in November of this year. Should that happen, Oregon voters will be asked to reverse their decision of 10 years ago and vote to allow people of the same sex to marry.

“People of faith have such an important role to play in winning the freedom to marry here,” said the Rev. Jennie Ott, pastor of LOUCC. “At Lake Oswego United Church of Christ our faith mandates love and inclusion for all couples, regardless of gender.”

“Beit Haverim is committed to dignity for all people,” said Rabbi Alan Berg. “As we join hands and share our voices with our partners in support of marriage equality, we hope to be a source of strength to the larger community. Come and sing and learn with us.”

Keynote speakers will include Ott, Berg, Aubrey Thonvold, faith director of Oregon United for Marriage, and the Rev. Cecil Prescod, OCC, of the Ainsworth United Church of Christ. In addition, there will be performances by musicians and singers from both congregations.

A special feature of the event will be the OUM traveling photo exhibit, which features the experiences, stories and perspectives of clergy, parents of gay children and LGBT couples of faith who support the freedom to marry. People from a variety of Jewish and Christian traditions will tell their own stories.

The site for Open Hearts = Open Minds will be 1111 Country Club Road, the shared home of both LOUCC and Beit Haverim.

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