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Interfaith Earth Community Celebration
by the Rev. Grace A. Young

What is the Interfaith Earth Community Celebration?

This Celebration provides an opportunity for people of all races, culture, ages, and religions to show their support for the healing of our planet. It is a rich tapestry of spiritual ceremony ­ many different religious and cultural traditions come together to express in dance, song, and prayer the connection of our hears, minds, and souls to each other and to the Earth.

When and where is this year's Celebration?

This year's celebration will be held on Sunday, May 7th, 2000, from 2 to 4pm at Cleveland High School Gym in Portland.

Who sponsors this Celebration?

Over 40 different organizations and faith communities co-sponsor this Interfaith Earth Community Celebration, including The Earth & Spirit Council, the Association of Downtown Churches, The Dharma Rain Zen Center, Muslim Education Trust, Institute of World Healing, P'nai Or, Temple Beth Israel, Ananda Marga Yoga Center, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Brahma Prema Ananda Ashram/ Temple, First Christian Church, Spiritual Assembly of the Baha`'`is of Portland, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Network for Earth concerns. Portland Church of Scientology, and many more.

What is the goal of the Celebration?

The goal for this multi-cultural/Interfaith Celebration is enhancing connections between religious, cultural, and environmental groups in order to facilitate cooperative efforts to build community and restore the earth.

How can I or my organization get involved?

If you are a member of a church, environmental group, or community organization, you are invited to the Multi-Cultural Interfaith Coordination Committee meetings on the second Thursday of each month. Or call 503-452-4483 to volunteer or become a sponsor of this unique Celebration, and for more information on the monthly Coordinating Committee meetings.

The Earth & Spirit Council is a non-profit, non-sectarian membership organization of environmental and spiritual leaders, activists and concerned members of our community whose mission is to re-awaken our spiritual connection with the Earth and to engage ourselves and others in Earth-conscious living. It was formed in 1991 from the energy coming out of two national conferences in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. The Earth & Spirit Council emphasizes a multi-cultural, interfaith, educational approach to healing the Earth.

The Earth & Spirit Council
PO Box 230411
Portland, OR 97281


Linda Neale, Executive Director