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Greater NW Pride: Building a Better World, for God's Sake

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/14/2019

Building a Better World, for God’s Sake   I write this blog post in the middle of the third day of the Annual Conference of the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Church Conference (OR-ID UMC AC) in Eugene, Oregon.  It has been exciting to listen and watch to the changes afoot in this Conference as more out-LGBTQ+ people and people of color and allies are voicing their concerns while celebrating life. People are wearing their self-identity with rainbow buttons and t-shirts, “He/Him/His,” “...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

6/12/2019

4 Tips for Telling Your Annual Conference Story


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

6/5/2019

Is Your Newsletter Junk Mail?


Greater NW Pride: Happy Pride and Happy Pentecost!

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/4/2019

Happy Pride and Happy Pentecost!   This coming Sunday is Pentecost, the day the Church celebrates the descending of the Spirit upon the earth. This was no ordinary event, by any stretch of the imagination! With Jesus having ascended into the heavens, there came not a quiet breeze, but the sound like the “rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where (the disciples_ were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them ...


Greater NW Pride: Preferred Gender Pronouns and LGBTQ+ People in the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/30/2019

Preferred Gender Pronouns and LGBTQ+ People in the Church   When growing up in modern American society, I remember as a young adult—who was identifying as white, cisgender, straight, male at the time—I would get letters addressed and sent to me as “Mr. Brett Mitchell.” The young woman I was engaged to at the time would get letters addressed to her with “Miss.” When we got married in 1978, soon letters were sent and addressed to us as “Mr. and Mrs. Brett Mitchell.” As she pointed out to me that...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

5/29/2019

6 Steps to an Inspiring Budget – Part 3


Greater NW Pride: Pride Parades and Your Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/22/2019

Pride Parades and Your Church   This last weekend I was blessed and happy to be working with the great folks at First United Methodist Church, Ashland. On Sunday morning, as I was entering the church to preach, I spied a beautiful, big rainbow flag fluttering in the breeze attached to their front sign! The flag reminded me that the time is coming up for LGBTQ+ Pride Parades, often held in June, which is LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the USA.  And if you and your individual United Methodist Church want...


Children’s Literature, LGBTQ+, and Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/14/2019

Children’s Literature, LGBTQ+, and Church               I am preparing for a trip to visit my granddaughter on the east coast in the coming weeks and started to shop around and see what I might bring with me in my new role as the grandfather who spoils his grandchildren. On one of the websites I scan daily, mombian.com, there was a new book that made me smile: A Plan for Pops! by Heather Smith and Brooke Kerrigan. It is one of the first gay grandparent books that I’ve seen publicized, and also...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

5/10/2019

Building a Budget: Abundance or Scarcity? Part 2


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