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Oregon pastors to again make an impact at the Capitol


SALEM — The Bible exhorts believers in I Timothy 2:1-3 to “Pray for all kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

During the past two legislative sessions in Oregon, more than 900 pastors from across the state have taken this admonishment seriously by participating in the bi-annual Pastors’ Day at the Capitol event sponsored by the Oregon Family Council. This event is hosted by the council free of charge for pastors as a service to Oregon’s Christian community, and will happen again Monday, April 8.

The response to the Pastors’ Day at the Capitol event from both legislators and Christian leaders has been overwhelmingly positive, according to council leaders. In fact, the say this gathering of pastors has been a key component over the years of protecting Biblical family values and religious freedoms in the state.

Because religious freedoms are under direct assault on many fronts today, this year’s event is a must for every pastor and church leader from around the state, according to the council.

Local and national experts on religious liberty will be in attendance to address where things stand in regards to religious freedoms and how Christians can preserve these freedoms for future generations.

On this day, senior and staff pastors, elders, board members, youth pastors, church leaders, and spouses are invited to join for a free catered lunch at 11 a.m., at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. S.E., and hear from experts about how to protect religious freedom now and safeguard these freedoms for generations to come.

Keynote speaker will be Joseph Infranco, senior counsel and senior vice president with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.. His duties include working with nearly 2,200 attorneys across the nation, including more than 1,500 attorneys trained through the Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy, and overseeing the development of strategic projects.

Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2003, Infranco has worked with hundreds of allies and allied organizations across the nation to defend religious liberty. He was a member of the executive committee that coordinated the successful California Marriage Amendment effort. Infranco has also participated as counsel or local counsel on many important First Amendment cases.

Infranco earned his law degre. in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire Law School in Concord, N.H. Before coming to Alliance Defending Freedom, he served as a partner in a New York law firm, where he was an experienced litigator for more than 25 years.

Infranco was counsel for hundreds of churches and ministries in New York, including the New York American Family Association, Teen Challenge, Youth with a Mission, and Youth for Christ. He has tried more than 100 cases to successful conclusions and has testified before a Congressional sub-committee, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and state legislatures on religious freedom issues.

After the luncheon. participating pastors and leaders will take the short walk or ride the provided shuttle to the Capitol to meet with Legislators from their district.

To register, phone 503-257-0444 or go to www.oregonfamilycouncil.org.