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It is to say goodbye, and to sincerely thank you for being in ministry with me

7/18/2016

It is to say goodbye, and to sincerely thank you for being in ministry with me

By Bishop Grant Hagiya Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Without a doubt, this is the hardest letter that I have had to write as your Bishop of the Greater Northwest Area. As you have heard by now, the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy has assigned me to the Los Angeles Area, and I will be starting there on September 1, 2016. I have to be honest, this news caught me completely by surprise, and I have been reeling from it ever since. Although United Methodist bishops are subject to ...

Stanovsky Assigned to Greater Northwest Area

7/16/2016

Stanovsky Assigned to Greater Northwest Area

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Episcopacy, the Western Jurisdiction has assigned Bishop Elaine Stanovsky to Greater Northwest area for the 2016-2020 quadrennium. Elected in the episcopacy in 2008 by the Western Jurisdiction, she has served for eight years in the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church. While leading the church there she has made significant connections with the Native American community of the area and been a champion inside and outside the church for ...

Oliveto Elected Bishop

7/15/2016

Oliveto Elected Bishop

By Larry Hygh, California-Nevada Annual Conference The Rev. Dr. Karen P. Oliveto was elected to the episcopacy on the 17th ballot by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC). “Today we took a step closer into living into beloved community,” said Oliveto. Since 2008, Oliveto has served as the senior pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco. CA. Glide is the Western Jurisdiction’s largest membership congregation, and one of the top 100 largest membership congregations ...

Annual Conference Wrap-up Report

6/22/2016

Annual Conference Wrap-up Report

Below is the report shared on the umc.org website: Keeping Sabbath: Resting, Rejoicing, Returning was the theme of the 48th Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session – the 48th gathering since merger of the Oregon and Idaho Conferences in 1969. The conference met in Salem, Oregon, where the first Oregon district meeting of the Oregon and California Mission Conference was held 167 years ago in 1849. Conference was opened with a Native American welcome and drum circle. Bishop Grant J. Hagiya of the ...

Conference groups adopt statement of full inclusion

6/20/2016

Conference groups adopt statement of full inclusion

At the 2016 Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, two key groups issued statements regarding their intentions about involving lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) persons. Both the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Clergy Session of the conference issued statements indicating that sexual orientation or gender identity would not be a consideration in ordination or participation in ministry. The Board of Ordained Ministry’s open letter clarifies what had been ...

A Pastoral Response

5/17/2016

A Pastoral Response

Editors note: In response to a letter from 111 clergy and candidates for ministry published online, May 9 2016, 28 active and retired bishops of The United Methodist Church have written this letter of response. The five active bishops of the Western Jurisdiction are among those who signed this letter: A Pastoral Response to A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that ...

Health Insurance Update - Part 2

4/21/2016

Health Insurance Update - Part 2

Frequently Asked Questions Proposed Health Insurance Changes for 2017 Plan Year Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a series of information about upcoming changed to health insurance plans for conference clergy and staff. Part 1 dealt with the process of determining rates for individuals and local churches and ministry settings.   Download a printable version of this document   1.  Why can’t we send clergy and lay staff to the public exchanges to purchase health insurance in the public marketplace?...

Legislative Assembly preps petitions for Annual Conference

4/14/2016

Legislative Assembly preps petitions for Annual Conference

Rev. Peg Lofsfold opened the 2016 Legislative Assembly by asking the members to contemplate three aspects of Sabbath: Sabbath Rest, Sabbath Rejoicing, and Sabbath Return. She served as the host and coordinator for the assembly as it met at Tigard United Methodist Church on Friday, April 8.   Rev. Jeanne Knepper instructs the assembly Legislative Assembly serves as a sub-committee of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session. Rev. Jeanne Knepper, co-legislative coordinator, provided an update ...

Finance officer brings wealth of experiences

3/30/2016

Finance officer brings wealth of experiences

Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey When Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey takes over as the new Conference Treasurer and Pension and Health Benefits Officer in June, he will be able to say that he knows the Oregon-Idaho Conference.  He was born in Oregon and grew up in Beaverton, Tigard and Albany. Serving churches in all four conference districts, on the Board of Ordained Ministry, and as an international missionary have given him a wealth of experiences. Wilson-Fey has spent 24 years in service to Oregon and Idaho ...

Pension Board wrestles with health insurance costs

3/9/2016

Pension Board wrestles with health insurance costs

For the Oregon-Idaho Conference Board of Pensions, providing health insurance for clergy and lay employees is always a struggle of two competing needs. Their goal is to provide the best possible benefits to participants while controlling costs for churches. This is not an easy task in the changing health care environment of the 21st century. They work to balance the demands and requirements of state and federal law, the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, disciplinary rules, conference...

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