EMERGING LEADER GRANTS
Leading a new health or human care focused program (less than 3 years old) Formerly known as Burst Grants, the Wheat Ridge Emerging Leader Grants provide up to $5,000 for one year or up to $10,000 for two years to inspired leaders. These grants are awarded to change-makers who are:
Questions in developing a proposal should be directed to the Programs staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30pm PT/6:30pm MT/7:30pm CT/8:30pm ET.
During this month’s webinar we will look ahead together to the 2017 year:
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, of which the Oregon Synod is a member, has issued the following statement:
As faith leaders, we call on Governor Kate Brown to commute all death sentences in Oregon to life without the possibility of parole. We base this request on shared values, rooted in our religious traditions: compassion, the affirmation of human dignity and respect for all life.
Currently, 35 individuals sit on Oregon’s death row, where the state holds the legal authority to take the life of its prisoners. DNA testing has already exonerated 156 people from death rows across the country, and a motion for DNA testing was filed this month in the case of one death row inmate in our own state.
There is also the matter of fiscal responsibility. In our state, keeping a person on death row costs as much as a million dollars more than life imprisonment without parole, according to an academic study released by Lewis & Clark Law School and Seattle University. These limited funds could be shifted towards more noble purposes rooted in our religious traditions such as providing shelter to the houseless or hot meals for hungry children.
We believe that those who break the law must be held accountable for their actions. At the same time, as faith leaders we believe in the sanctity of human life and the potential for redemption in our state’s justice system. A penalty which cannot be shown to be applied fairly and denies the sanctity of human life while removing the possibility of redemption is fundamentally at odds with our religious teachings. We petition Governor Brown to commute all death sentences as an act of grace, clemency and leadership on this morally critical issue.
The Rev. Paul Belz-Templeman
Stated Clerk, Presbytery of the Cascades
The Rev. Steve Bils
Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast
The Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris
Conference Minister, Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ
The Rev. Dave Brauer-Rieke
Bishop, Oregon Synod – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rabbi Michael Cahana
Jan Musgrove Elfers
Executive Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
The Rev. Dr. Lowell Greathouse
Mission and Ministry Coordinator, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph
Rabbi David Kosak
Imam Muhammad Najieb
Muslim Community Center of Portland
Imam Abdulah Polovina
Bosniaks Educational Center of Oregon
President and Cofounder, Muslim Educational Trust
The Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
Dr. Joe Snyder
Representative, Willamette Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Rabbi Ariel Stone
President, Oregon Board of Rabbis; Rabbi, Congregation Shir Tikvath