Cascadia District Colloquy


"Colloquy," from the Latin for "speak together," simply means "conversation" or "to confer together."

The clergy and other folks in ministerial leadership in the Cascadia District gather in geographically arranged sub-groups several times during the year to be in conversation together about ministry, administrative details, what's new and what never changes, and to be in supportive relationship with one another.

The Colloquy groupings in 2018-19 are arranged geographically.  There are 8 groups.  Contact the convener of each group for scheduling and meeting preparation information:

Molalla & Pudding River Circuit Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Karen Shimer

Suburban Ring Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Kathy Boyes

Wine Country Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Brennen Guillory

Washington County Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Dan Thompson-Aue

Salem-Keizer Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Dan Pitney

Heart of the Valley Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Laura Beville

North Coast Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Steven Wolff

High Desert Colloquy - Convener: Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart

 To see the membership of each colloquy group, click here: Cascadia District Colloquy Groupings 2018-2019

District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris hopes that by organizing those serving churches in Cascadia District into these colloquy groupings new ways of collaborating and partnering will emerge. Each month each group will be asked to come to colloquy prepared to discuss an article, TEDTalk, blog, or other resource, as well as discuss a chapter from We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren. DS Overton-Harris says,  "Ultimately, I want each colloquy to find areas of commonality and opportunity to break down the silos we often find ourselves in and to engage in parish ministry together in some form. I know this is unlikely to be fully realized in nine months, but I do think some significant steps can be taken toward this goal."

 Please contact the Cascadia District office for more information: cascadia@umoi.org

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