PEC 2017 Conference "BLESSING THE WATERS OF LIFE"

Starts: September 26 @ 6:00PM     Ends: September 29 @ 12:00PM

REGISTRATION is a two-step process: 1) Register for the conference, pre-conference immersion, transportation, hikes, and other programs on this page, AND 2) Register for meals and lodging with Menucha at www.menucha.org/programs/pec. Please refer to the conference schedule for details about keynote, speakers, workshops, and pre-conference and conference activities at www.presbyearthcare.org/events. Registration deadline is September 5th. Due to limited space, early registration is strongly recommended.

Immerse yourself in the culture of indigenous peoples and learn about water issues in the context of climate change.

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Pre-Conference "Spirit of the Salmon" Registration (for commuters) Sept 25-26

Available For 121 More Days!

Includes dinner on Sept 25 and lunches but not transportation. No other registration is required.

$55.00
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Guided Hike with Transportation, September 25

Available For 104 More Days!

Columbia Gorge hikes to Punch Bowl Falls and Sandy River Delta

$50.00
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Guided Outing with Transportation, September 26

Available For 104 More Days!

Afternoon in Cascade Locks with Prayerful Water Action (occurs at same time as Immersion)

$40.00

Conference Registration September 26-29

Available For 37 More Days!

Attend all plenaries, workshops, events and activities. $25 discount until June 30

$200.00

Young Adult (18-30 years old) Conference Registration September 26-29

Available For 104 More Days!

Attend all plenaries, workshops, events and activities. Discounted rate for 18-30 year olds.

$100.00
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Pre-Conference "Spirit of the Salmon" Registration September 25-26

Available For 104 More Days!

Attend all "Spirit of the Salmon" activities. Includes transportation and meals.

$150.00

Shuttle from Portland Airport to Menucha

Available For 121 More Days!

Please respond to your confirmation email with your flight # and arrival time.

$25.00

Shuttle from Menucha to Portland Airport

Available For 121 More Days!

Please respond to your confirmation email with your flight # and departure time.

$25.00
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Native Ways of Being and Knowing (for commuters) September 24 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Available For 121 More Days!

Attend presentation by Larry Merculieff, native Alaskan who is a passionate advocate for indigenous rights/wisdom.

$20.00

BLESSING THE WATERS OF LIFE: Justice and Healing for Our Watersheds, September 26-29, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing

Worship Leader: Dr. Paul Galbreath

Musicians: Jim and Jean Strathdee

Special Guest: Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff

Highlights of plenaries and workshops include members of Columbia River Tribes raising our understanding of the Doctrine of Discovery and General Assembly's 2016 overture to renounce it; Nora Lecesse, from the Office of Public Witness, leading us through a participatory exercise that will heighten our awareness of the continuity of indigenous peoples within the social political fabric; and a workshop about direct action that will give us a first-hand look at how to engage in civil disobedience and its value in our society.


SPIRIT OF THE SALMON: Water, Culture, and Justice in the Columbia Watershed, September 25-26, 2017

This two-day pre-conference Environmental Justice Immersion will provide excellent preparation for conversations that will take place at the conference, September 26-29.

Monday, September 25 begins at Menucha where we learn from tribal members about tribal sovereignty, treaties and how historic neglect and wrongs are being addressed. We then journey to Cascades Locks where we see tribal fishing platforms, view spawning salmon, and hear how tribal leaders have prevented the extinction of salmon runs. After a brief stop at the site of Oregon's first oil train spill, we visit Celilo Village near the now silenced Celilo Falls. We cap the day with storytelling and dancing.

Tuesday, September 26 starts with dialogue and an interfaith panel on the "Doctrine of Discovery" focused on what repudiating this 15th-century justification for the subjugation of non-Christian people has meant for current day relationships with Native Americans. Next, we learnabout hydropower at Bonneville Dam and then experience traditional dip-nets and fishing in Cascade locks. A prayer vigil or direct action will demonstrate solidarity with the Columbia River Tribes and their issues.



Event Location

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
38711 Historic Columbia River Highway
Corbett, Oregon 97019

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