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Bishop Stanovsky to consolidate Episcopal Office

10/20/2016

Bishop Stanovsky to consolidate Episcopal Office

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced that the episcopal office in Portland will close at the end of the calendar year and all the functions supporting the bishop currently occurring out of this office will transfer to the Greater Northwest Area office in Des Moines, Washington. The administrative assistant position in Portland will end at the same time. Other Oregon-Idaho Conference functions will remain in Portland. In 2008 the General Conference instructed each jurisdiction to reduce by one ...

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

9/19/2016

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

Note: As of late November, an injunction has halted implementation of this change. However IRS changes regarding what type of workers should be classified as "exempt" are still in force and should be reviewed. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemption rules. The final rule strengthens protection for workers by increasing the standard salary level for qualification for overtime exemption from $455 per ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

CCEF Disbands, Distributes Cash Balance of $13,000

1/7/2016
The Conference Clergy Emergency Fund Committee has released this statement about their vote to disband the fund and distribute remaining balances. For more information, contact committee chair Rev. Michael Powell at michaelanni@hotmail.com. The Conference Clergy Emergency Fund, which was established during the depths of the Great Depression, has been a practical expression of collegiality and benevolent ministry during time of need for over 80 years. The operating procedures of the CCEF date ...

Legislative Assembly starts legislative process

4/14/2015

Legislative Assembly starts legislative process

The Legislative Assembly of the 2015 Annual Conference met in Portland, Oregon, April 12 and 13. Legislative Assembly acts as a sub-committee of the upcoming Annual Conference Session, taking a first look at petitions submitted by conference agencies, groups, churches, or individual United Methodists. (Go to the petitions)   The 2015 Legislative Assembly (Greg Nelson photos) This year, the Legislative Assembly reviewed eight requests for the conference to take action by sending letters to ...

Bishop Hagiya Announces Changes to Conference Leadership

12/8/2014

Bishop Hagiya Announces Changes to Conference Leadership

In a recent announcement, Bishop Grant Hagiya announced two changes to conference staffing. In the first, he shared his intention to appoint the Rev. Lowell Greathouse to a new position of Conference Coordinator for Mission and Ministry. Greathouse currently serves as the Superintendent of the Columbia District. In the second announcement, Hagiya shared that Rev. Stephan Ross will take on the Superintending role for the churches of the Gorge area of the Columbia District. Greathouse to lead ...

Council on Native American Ministries report on workshop at Annual Conference

7/2/2014

Council on Native American Ministries report on workshop at Annual Conference

Eva Johnson, Chair of the Oregon-Idaho Council on Native American Ministries (CONAM), invited a room full of the Conference laity to join her in a morning prayer song.  After completing this spiritual opening, she asked everyone to use their imagination as she opened her workshop at Annual Conference. Based on an exercise found in the book, “On This Spirit Walk,” Eva asked everyone in the room to think about their culture: what customs they grew up with as a child; what their family and ...

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