Activist Alert

Sept. 11 prayer service, adoptable animals and more

• There will be an interfaith prayer service with the theme “Seeing Light in Darkness,” 6:45 pm, Monday, Sept. 11 at the First Christian Church (1160 Oak Street in downtown Eugene). The gathering will “celebrate the oneness in our diversity through prayers, chants, readings from sacred texts and many other forms that come from the teachings and traditions of our participating presenters.” Those presenters include people of Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Jewish faiths, as well as an African-American storyteller, a Buddhist and the former mayor. For more info go to

• Lane Rescues is spotlighting the Oregon Coast Humane Society in Florence. The rescue group says animals from this small retirement town have a “harder time finding a home and can end up in the shelter for years.” Go to or their ad in EWs pages to see photos of and read about adoptable animals. Email for more info.

• Heather Sielicki of Southwest Neighbors will discuss “Finding Homes for the Homeless,” 9:15 am, Friday Sept. 8 at the Unitarian Church, 13th and Chambers with Church Women United — “men have special invite!” Ruth Duemler tells us, and remember, “Winter will soon be here!” For more info call Duemler at 541-484-6145.

• There will be a “direct action opportunity for kids and their guardians at Rep. Peter DeFazio’s office on Sept. 20, to urge him to be a better advocate for women and children by being a stronger voice against Trump’s budget proposal, which puts 80 safety net programs at risk,” according to organizer Rowan Mason. Mason says the “final demonstration will be determined by who participates but may include a group singing adapted sing-alongs, statements made by school age kids, and gifting of protesting teddy bears.” All kids welcome. Practice meeting is 17. Contact for more info.

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