Thursday, February 13, 2014

3/13--Salem area religious leaders speak out against the death penalty

Media Release Feb.13, 2014

Salem area religious leaders speak out against the death penalty

Seldom do so many religious leaders gather together to state their resolve against a criminal justice issue.  That will happen on March 13th, when leaders of prominent and important mid-Willamette Valley faith communities come together to denounce the death penalty. 
They will call for repeal of the current law, seeking better alternatives that keep the public save and hand out appropriate punishment.

         Sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), pastors, ministers, denominational leaders and church administers will be featured speakers at a banquet being held at  Salem's St. Mark Lutheran Church (Winter and Marion Sts).   A "simple soup supper" will be served, starting at 6PM and the program will begin at 7PM.

Rev. Karen Wood, Chaplain at Willamette University, will be the mistress of ceremonies. 
The faith communities involved as of this date are: Those faiths represented include:

American Baptist Church- American Baptist Oregon Exec. Minister Rev. Steve Bils 
Buddhist Community of Mid-Willamette Valley - Alice Phalan  
Catholic - Fr. Tim Mockaitis, Queen of Peace Parish 

Episcopal - Very Rev. Lin Knight , St. Paul's Episcopal                                                                                                              
ELCA Lutheran - Rev. Charles Mantey, St. Mark Lutheran                                                                                                               
Jewish  - Rabbi Gary Ellison                                                                                                                         
Mennonite  - Pastor Meghan Good, Albany Mennonite Church                                                                                                               
Presbyterian - Rev. John Moody, Westminster Presbyterian Church                                                                                                                                                                          
Sikh Community of Salem - Prof Sukh Singh                                                                                                            
Society of Friends / Quakers - Rose Lewis 

United Church of Christ - Rev. Janet Parker, First Congregational UCC       

United Methodist Church 
- Rev. Wendy Joy Woodworth , Morningside UMC      

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
Rev. Rick Davis

In addition to the statements by the faith leaders, OADP will be laying out their plans for moving toward repeal of the death penalty in Oregon. Tickets for this event are just $20 and reservations for tables of 8 are available.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, contact Ron Steiner, at (503) 990-7060 or
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Sat, 2/22, Salem Public Library Ask the Experts event spans all ages

Subject: Salem Public Library Ask the Experts event spans all ages
Date: February 13, 2014 at 4:17:47 PM PST

A lively array of activities and information will greet visitors as Salem Public Library hosts the second annual Ask the Experts event.
Visitors will have the chance to learn about everything from bike repair to nail care and from composting to tai chi in this one-of-a-kind gathering of area organizations, businesses, and community groups eager to share what they know.
Ask the Experts
1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22
20 activity and information tables on the main floor at Salem Public Library
Event is free and open to the public, with activities to appeal to all ages
Open house, drop-in style, so community members are welcome at any time 
This is a chance to try:

·    Easy bike repair tips from The Bike Peddler

·    Hand massage samples from local massage therapists Gary Hulet, Hope Wilds, and Center 50+

·    Knitting basics with the Mill Stream Knitting Guild

·    Decorative nail wraps from Jamberry Nails

·    Gardening tips from the Marion County Master Gardeners

·    Health and self-care tips from the CHEC Center at Salem Hospital

·    Animal care information from the Willamette Humane Society

·    Upcycled crafts with DIY Studios

·    Ceramic art with local artist Kristin Kuhns

·    Beekeeping basics with the Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association

·    Red worm composting with area expert Sally White

·    Beginning bonsai with the Willamette Valley Bonsai Society

·    Square dancing with the Salem Swingin' Stars Square Dance Club

·    Spanish 101 with the Spanish Conversation Group

·    Disaster preparedness with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

·    Tai chi with Center 50+

·    Ukulele and other instruments with ABC Music

·    Ecstatic Dance with Julie Masters

·    Irish dance with Ceili of the Valley Society

·    24 Math Challenge with students from McKay High School

In addition to the activity tables, there will be two performances in Loucks Auditorium and three interactive demonstrations in the Heritage Room during the event.

The schedule in Loucks Auditorium includes:

  • 1:30-2:00 p.m. – Irish Dance from the Ceili of the Valley Society
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m. – Square Dance from the Salem Swingin' Stars Square Dance Club

Planned Heritage Room demonstrations are:

  • 1:30-2:00 p.m. – Tai chi led by Center 50+
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m. – Group ukulele lesson taught by ABC Music
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. – Ecstatic dance taught by Julie Masters of Salem
More information is available at or from the library Information Desk at 503-588-6052.


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Salem Public Library
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