Author Karen Armstrong keynotes special event

As part of the ongoing celebration of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s 40th anniversary, a Collins Lecture will be delivered by internationally known author, comparative religion scholar and “Charter of Compassion” founder Karen Armstrong.

Armstrong first rose to prominence in 1993 with her book "A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam," tracing the evolution of the three major monotheistic traditions from their beginnings in the Middle East up to the present day.

In 2008, she called for the creation of a, highlighting the fundamental principle that compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions.

“Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity,” said Armstrong. “It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.”

Armstrong will speak about the transformative power of compassion on Thursday, March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 19th Ave., in Portland

The day after the lecture, a half-day forum will continue the conversation with “Interfaith Perspectives on Compassion and the Common Good,” featuring a panel of local interfaith leaders. on March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The registration fee for the lecture is $40 for preferred seating, $25 general,and $10 student. The seminar fee is $10. Register securely online at; the registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 27. Call 503-221-1054 for more information.

The event is presented by EMO and cosponsored by Oregon Episcopal School in Raleigh Hills.

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