Events in Detail for Wholistic Peace Institute 2015 

WPI PEACE LUNCH; Noon TO 2:00 PM; FRIDAY, March 20th; Porto Terra Tuscan Grill & Bar; Hilton Portland Executive Tower, 830 SW 6th Avenue, Portland; David Leslie, Executive Director of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; RSVP Please; $35 Italian Lunch.

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Mr. David Leslie, Executive Director of the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) will be our March speaker. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and Interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry and public policy advocacy.

Join us to celebrate David’s 17 years of peace work at the helm of EMO and to hear his views on ISIS; the importance of inter-faith dialogue; peace and how to achieve it; and to wish him all the best as he returns to Houston this summer to help that city with its peace and ecumenical needs. David has been a trusted friend of the Wholistic Peace Institute and our efforts to bring Nobel Peace Laureates to Oregon to inspire and teach our communities, churches, schools, universities – he is a truly remarkable man and an inspired speaker. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him speak of peace and how to achieve it and share good wishes with him for his next chapter. 

David Leslie as Executive Director of one of the nation’s largest and oldest ecumenical associations in the U.S.A., Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); A statewide association of denominations, congregations and faith-based community ministries, EMO’s program and organizational focus is concentrated on Interreligious dialogue and education, environmental stewardship and justice, state and national public policy advocacy on human rights, church-state and poverty related issues, and the development of community-based ministries that serve people and communities in need.  His professional ecumenical and interfaith leadership include Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Ohio Council of Churches and World Council of Churches, and Habitat for Humanity. 

Leslie is a member of the National Religious Campaign against Torture Board of Directors, Nonprofit Association of Oregon Board of Directors, and the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project Advisory Board. Leslie chaired the national Ecumenical Task Force on Immigration convened by the National Council of Churches U.S.A. (NCC) and Church World Service. He has also served on the NCC Human Genetics Policy Task Force, NCC Interfaith Relations Commission, Oregon Department of Human Services Faith and Community-based Advisory Group, Oregon Senate Interim Committee on Farm worker Issues, the Oregon Governor’s Global Warming Advisory Group, and State of Oregon Ending Homelessness Advisory Council.

In 2009, Leslie received the “Eugene Carson Blake Award for Ecumenism,” presented by the National Council of Churches and Church World Service. Dr. Blake, a Presbyterian, was a leading ecumenist who served as President of the NCC, founder of the Consultation of Church Union and former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.

Leslie is a consultant, speaker and writer on a wide range of topics related to peacemaking, interfaith relations, social justice, and religion and society; He was a delegate at the World Parliament of Religions in Cape Town, South Africa, presented at the Global Congress of Religions in Montreal, Canada, was a member of the NCC delegation for the dedication of the first Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Havana, Cuba, in 2004, and was the guest preacher at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is a lay member in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and he and his wife, Leigh, have three sons. 



Thank you so much for supporting our GALA: Education for Peace; the DVD is ready and a free copy will be sent to everyone who renews their WPI membership or joins this year; go to our web page to join. Also thanks so much for supporting our January peace lunch with Arun Gandhi and our three Heart of Gold winners for 2014: Kathy Larson; Lee Larson; Ray Jubitz!! Peace, Gary.

Gary Alan Spanovich, Executive Director

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