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Praying Our Way Forward

11/15/2017

Praying Our Way Forward

 In prayer, we can be one in Christ. The people of The United Methodist Church are joining together in prayer. Praying Our Way Forward is an initiative of the Council of Bishops to hold The United Methodist Church in prayer while the work of the Commission on a Way Forward does it's work. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of ...

Claremont explores move to Oregon

7/13/2017

Claremont explores move to Oregon

In a July 6 letter to the Claremont School of Theology community, and subsequent press releases from Claremont School of Theology (CST) and Willamette University, it was announced the schools have entered preliminary conversations on the possibility of housing Claremont School of Theology, one of 13 United Methodist Seminaries, within the campus of United Methodist-related, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In June, Claremont President Jeffery Kuan announced the school was facing ...

Bishop Oliveto inspires justice event

2/22/2017

Bishop Oliveto inspires justice event

Bishop Karen Oliveto, recently elected bishop of the Western Jurisdiction and presiding bishop of the Mountain Sky Area, was the opening keynote speaker for the Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM) conference meeting in Portland, Oregon February 17-20. Bishop Karen Oliveto (Robin Ridenour photos) Oliveto’s keynote inspired the 150 in attendance as she explored the nature of the divide that currently exists in society and in churches. She described one symptom of the divide ...

Oregon-Idaho among 27 that pay 100%

1/26/2017

Oregon-Idaho among 27 that pay 100%

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), working with the 56 annual conferences in the United States, reports that twenty-seven annual conferences have paid 100% of their 2016 apportionments to the seven general Church funds.  This is a slight increase over the previous year during which 26 annual conferences reached this milestone.  The 2016 payout rate of 91.8% is the highest it has been. The 27 annual conferences are: Alaska, Baltimore-Washington, Central ...

The Collins Foundation grant supports leadership and inclusion

2/2/2016

The Collins Foundation grant supports leadership and inclusion

The connection with The United Methodist Church and The Collins Foundation goes back to the 1950s. That’s when the foundation began providing grants for ministry and programs in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Bishop Grant Hagiya has recently received word that the 2015 grant proposal (for the 2016 budget year) has been accepted and funded.   Building on foundational work from previous years, the 2016 grant will focus on developing strong clergy and lay leadership. Focuses will include ...

Salem-Keizer Churches Join Forces, Expand Outreach

8/13/2015

Salem-Keizer Churches Join Forces, Expand Outreach

Salem First Church is one of the six churches joining forces. Photo courtesy of the church.   By Mahalia Smith Aug. 11, 2015 | UMNS Six United Methodist churches in the Salem-Keizer area of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church plan to invest time and resources into a new, collaborative outreach. Mark Bateman, chair of the United Methodist Ministries of Salem-Keizer, says the ministry is considering many new approaches. “We understand that we need to be finding new ways ...

What is a Lay Servant?

4/13/2015

What is a Lay Servant?

A Lay Servant is, first of all, a lay person – a lay person who feels a calling to be a leader in their home congregation and sometimes in the wider church community. A Lay Servant is trained in leadership skills through classes offered at different times and places throughout the conference. Everyone who wishes to explore becoming a Lay Servant must take the Basic Lay Servant Class to begin.  After that, he or she may choose from many different advanced classes to continue that training. ...

Joining in Ministry Brings New Life

3/9/2015

Joining in Ministry Brings New Life

When neighboring churches struggle to maintain membership and financial viability, an obvious suggestion from the outside view is that they merge into one congregation. While the numbers may make that an obvious conclusion, the realities of joining two into one are much more complicated. In the last year, two pairs of churches in the Crater Lake District have used merger as a tool to move forward in ministry.  Fire consumes the North Bend Church For the United Methodist Churches in Coos Bay...

Signs of life: FOUND!

2/22/2015

Signs of life: FOUND!

Superintendent Lowell Greathouse welcomes attendees to the Signs of life training.(Greg Nelson Photos) District training committees from the Columbia District of the Oregon-Idaho Conference and the Vancouver District of the Pacific Northwest Conference went looking for signs of life. And they found them at a Saturday training with over 200 participants from those two districts and others. Signs of Life: Re-imagining the Church in the Pacific Northwest drew teams from at least four districts ...

Amity Campus Celebrates New Chapel and New Life!

2/9/2015

Amity Campus Celebrates New Chapel and New Life!

“On this day we get a complete do-over. Everything begins again.”  On December 14, 2014 the Amity Campus celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Heaton Chapel. Nine months after the first shovel of dirt was tossed into the air, the Amity Campus was born anew. Pam McDonald, one of the long-time members of Amity United Methodist Church in Boise, Idaho, now Amity Campus of The Cathedral of the Rockies, said “On this day we get a complete do-over. Everything begins again.”   Take a video tour of ...

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