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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 ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

2/20/2019

Will the Good Samaritan Show Up at General Conference?


Greater NW Pride: Who's Going to Get It Right?

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/18/2019

Who’s Going to Get This Right?   Something amazing is going on concurrently involving the LGBTQ community and the Church. More specifically, something is going on this week in both the Roman Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church and their respective relationship with LGBTQ people, having to do with the matter of including and integrating us into their largely cisgender and straight faith communities. In the Roman Catholic Church, columnist Frank Bruni of the New York Times focused on...


Greater NW Pride: Valentine’s Day in the LGBTQ+ Community

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/14/2019

Valentine’s Day in the LGBTQ Community   My partner Christian and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early this year because he was going to be in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Valentine’s Day, and I was going to be in Portland. It was also our first Valentine’s Day as a couple! I surprised him with chocolate, red wine, a card, and an orchid, and he gave me a card last week, along with numerous gifts of shirts, meals out, and love! The card was huge, as he said to me after I opened his card to me, “I usually ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

2/13/2019

The Power of Y.O.U.


Spirit Alive: Where Is Your Church's Heartbeat?

Lowell Greathouse

2/9/2019

Without a Heartbeat, There Is No Pulse....


Greater NW Pride: Inclusion, or Who is Including Whom into Which Community?

Brett Webb-Mitchell

2/6/2019

Inclusion, or Who is Including Whom into Which Community?   “Inclusion.” Noun. Mirriam-Webster on-line dictionary defines inclusion as the act or state of being included.  “Include” is a transitive verb. It means to enclose; to shut up; to take in or comprise as a part of a whole or group; to contain between or within.   In the previous blog, I focused on the act and art of hospitality, of welcome. To act hospitable, or to welcome is the first move towards inclusion and, finally, integration. ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

2/6/2019

The Church is ALWAYS Asking for Money - You Respond


Spirit Alive: The Things We Do Together

Lowell Greathouse

2/2/2019

Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog that looks at different aspects of mission and ministry throughout the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and beyond. February 5, 2019 With Heart, Soul, and Mind: Out of Many, One.... "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3 "Live in harmony with one another." Romans 12: 16 Unity, harmony, and love toward each other are at the heart of Paul's letters. In fact, he addresses the subject of unity of spirit in a ...


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