Saturday, January 18, 2014
Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will host its annual celebration on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.
The event will begin with a potluck dinner and will take place at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road.
The keynote speaker will be Rev. Mark Knutson, senior pastor at Portland’s Augustana Lutheran Church and a passionate advocate for those who are vulnerable and marginalized. Knutson has built a strong multicultural ministry and is widely recognized for his leadership in building and leading interfaith partnerships.
At the event, GEM will present the Inspired Service and Action Award to DeLona Campos-Davis in celebration of her many years of service to the Gorge community.
Campos-Davis has positively impacted the lives of many, particularly children and youth, through her leadership at Peace Village and her many contributions to environmental and social justice concerns and service activities throughout the area.
GEM, which supports and oversees the operation of the Hood River Warming Shelter, FISH food bank and the Emergency Voucher Program, will also honor volunteers who have served at these programs during the past year.
GEM is an interfaith association of churches and other communities of faith that works to build to a just and compassionate world through advocacy, education and service in the Columbia Gorge.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge