Community Organizations

Ainsworth United Church of Christ is affiliated with and/or supports the below listed organizations. Visit our Community Events page for a list of current events for some of these organizations.

Ceasefire Oregon

Ainsworth is a member of Ceasefire Oregon. Ceasefire Oregon is dedicated to enacting laws in Oregon that will ensure the safe and responsible use of firearms.

Read their latest newsletter.

Community of Welcoming Congregations

The Community of Welcoming Congregations (CWC) is an Oregon and SW Washington interfaith ministry and advocacy organization working toward full inclusion and equality for transgender, lesbian, bisexual, gay and questioning persons. Their work brings together people of faith who believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every person.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is a statewide association of Christian denominations —including Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox bodies—congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry and public policy advocacy. Learn more about EMO by visiting their website. Visit our Community Events page for a listing of upcoming EMO events.

EMO Congregational Wellness Project

Ainsworth is a participating congregation in Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Congregational Wellness Project, a program designed to help congregations promote children’s health – both within their congregations and outside of their walls. EMO was one of 21 faith-based coalitions across the country to receive a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for this program. The initiative creates an interfaith coalition to guide the project and spearhead broader community advocacy work, helps congregations assess their opportunities and challenges around promoting young congregants’ health (e.g., looking at quality of food served during congregational activities), develops a model Congregational Wellness Policy to help congregations make healthy changes, and supports partners in advocating for wellness in the community.

As part of this program, Ainsworth has a Congregational Wellness Committee that is hard at work developing healthy lifestyle guidelines. Information about their work can be found on the Health Matters blog.

Interfaith Council of Greater Portland

The Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, are impelled by the ground of all being to restore wholeness to the one human family and all of creation. The council is organized for the affirmation, education, and mutual protection of religion and religious freedom. ICGP was first organized in the aftermath of September 11 by leaders in the local religious community who wanted to make permanent connections between believers of many faiths. ICGP sponsors events and presents opportunities for people who are interested in interfaith dialogue to gather with other believers from a wide variety of faith communities.

Jobs with Justice

Ainsworth is an affiliate member of Jobs with Justice is a national campaign for workers’ rights. Working through coalitions of labor, community, religious and constituency organizations, Jobs with Justice is fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice.

Jubilee Oregon

Jubilee Oregon is an international effort to achieve debt cancellation for the world’s poorest countries. Begun in the early 1990’s, the Cancel the Debt campaign is based on the Biblical concept of the Year of Jubilee, a time when debts are canceled, slaves set free and right relationship is restored among peoples.

Jubilee Oregon is a local chapter of the Jubilee USA Network and is a coalition of churches, groups, and individuals.Together we keep updated on debt and debt related issues, and plan events to raise awareness about the impacts of debt on the world’s poor.

Ainsworth is a Jubilee Congregation and as such, pledges to support the Jubilee movement with one dollar and one letter of advocacy per member each year.

Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice

Ainsworth is a member of the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) is an interfaith coalition of over 20 different faith communities, called by our faith to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the United States. IMIrJ committed to lifting up the voices of our immigrant brothers and sisters, working for just and humane immigration reform, and the transformation of the social and economic systems that perpetuate the poverty in immigrants’ home countries that drives much of the migration to the United States. The IMIrJ provides prophetic hospitality to families who are in the deportation process and assists these families with spiritual, material and legal support.

SweatFree Oregon

SweatFree Communities assists sweatshop workers globally in their struggles to improve working conditions and form strong, independent unions.