Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will host its first “Clergy Wellness and Health Equity Breakfast” at Maranatha Church at 4222 N.E. 12th Ave. on Thursday, May 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The free event will provide inspiration and practical resources for faith leaders interested in health ministry, health equity issues and a faith-based approach to chronic disease prevention.
The Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel, senior pastor at Maranatha Church and president of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, will provide opening words for the gathering, followed by a speaker from the Multnomah County Health Department who will talk about health disparities, how environments impact our health, and effective ways to make healthy changes in the congregational setting.
EMO staff and other community partners will share faith-based resources to sustain healthy choices among churches, such as implementing nutrition guidelines for congregational meetings and fellowship time, displaying nutrition information next to food options, making physical activity a regular part of religious education or social time, creating raised-bed gardens on church properties, and installing bike racks.
There is no charge for the clergy breakfast, however pre-registration is requested by sending an RSVP to email@example.com or calling 503-221-1054.