By JOHN FORTMEYER
Two separate series of meetings this fall in two neighboring states aim to help pastors, as well as ministry leaders, business owners and the public, better understand the impacts of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling authorizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Coincidentally, in both Oregon and Washington, the meeting series are titled Protect Your Ministry, even though sponsored by different organizations between the two states. The common title reflects deep concern over the legal ramifications now facing churches and ministries.
In Oregon, seven free-admission meetings will feature Randy Wilson, national field director for Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC). He will be joined by “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” bakery owner Melissa Klein of Sandy, Canby attorney Tyler Smith of Alliance Defending Freedom, and Denny Stahl, pastor of Calvary Chapel Grants Pass and Oregon representative to FRC. Schedule includes:
•12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 at the Serving Our Neighbors office, 5200 S.W. Meadows Road in Lake Oswego.
•an evening meeting on the 26th, at a Portland site to be announced.
•a Bend event that week, to be announced.
•two sessions, one at noon and another at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Crossfire World Outreach Ministries, 942 28th St., in Springfield.
•two sessions, one at noon and another at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at Calvary Chapel Grants Pass, 269 W. Harbeck Road.
Stahl said final schedule details will be available in the calendar section at www.christianchambernorthwest.com. For more information, phone 541-476-6827.
In Washington, meetings are sponsored by the Olympia-based Family Policy Institute of Washington and led by its director, Joseph Backholm. It includes one southwest Washington event, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Vancouver on Nov. 3 at a site made known to those registering at www.fpiw.org
By JOHN FORTMEYER