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Spirit Alive: What's Next?

Lowell Greathouse

3/19/2019

Spring...A Time to Become Fully Alive in an Ever-Changing Context


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

3/13/2019

4 Ways to Surprise and Delight


Greater NW Pride: Beyond the Rainbow Flag

Brett Webb-Mitchell

3/12/2019

Beyond the Rainbow Flag (Or “Once the Rainbow Flags Are Down, Then What?”)   Since the vote taken by the delegates at the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) specially called General Conference, my Facebook page with other UMC contacts exploded with images of rainbow flags, banners, bunting, pics of whirligigs, candles, hats, pins, ribbons, hair bows, and tassels. Everywhere I looked on various UMC websites, there were more rainbow memorabilia, with banners draping church signs, rainbows flags ...


Greater NW Pride: What St. Harvey Milk Has to Say to Queer UMC Folk

Brett Webb-Mitchell

3/7/2019

What St. Harvey Milk Has to Say to Queer UMC Folk   Above my desk in my office space in the OR-ID United Methodist Church Conference Center is a modern-day icon of St. Harvey Milk, one of my heroes in the LGBTQ movement, painted by the local artist Chris Haberman. In this moment of change within the United Methodist Church, I’ve asked myself, “What would Harvey do?” After all, he was in the nexus of change in modern American society, and his story, like many other stories of LGBTQ people in ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

3/6/2019

Social Media Makes Sense, Donut?


Observations from St. Louis

Jan Nelson

3/6/2019

Your Oregon-Idaho delegates were deeply disappointed in the outcome, a step toward punitive legalism and away from inclusion of all God’s people. As your lay delegate, I’d like to share some observations


Spirit Alive: It's Time to Get Real

Lowell Greathouse

3/3/2019

St. Louis 2019-- What Just Happened?


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

2/27/2019

Post-St. Louis, the Good Samaritan Still Inspires


Greater NW Pride: Solidarity in Love for and with LGBTQ+ United Methodist Clergy and Members

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/26/2019

Solidarity in Love for LGBTQ+ United Methodist Clergy and Members   In Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church, the pastoral part of Paul talks about the incredible nature of the body of Christ in terms of the interconnectedness and solidarity we are to practice with one another. What came to mind as I watched the decisions being made by the delegates of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference (UMC-GC), are these verses: “But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to ...


Greater NW Pride: Prayer, Patience, and Perseverance

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/21/2019

Prayer, Patience, and Perseverance In the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), the lead up to our amending our Constitution (Book of Order) in 2011 to welcoming and affirming LGBTQ people as out and ordained as Ministers of the Word and Sacraments, Ruling Elders, and Deacons, was dramatic, long in coming, and drawn out. Our process of amending the Book of Order begins with an amendment beginning from a church’s session, followed by its approval by a Presbytery Committee (Conference), followed by ...


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