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Conference Hires LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator

2/22/2018

Conference Hires LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell has been hired as the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, beginning Feb. 23. Webb-Mitchell’s half-time position is fully funded by a grant from The Collins Foundation. “Having someone with Brett’s skills and experience gives our annual conference the opportunity to live into our vision of being a more fully inclusive community.Through the vision and generosity of The Collins Foundation, and their on-going commitment to the United Methodist ...

Oregon-Idaho churches celebrate UMCOR Sunday making kits

2/14/2018

Oregon-Idaho churches celebrate UMCOR Sunday making kits

Celebrating UMCOR Sunday has become a work of precision and coupon-clipping for the people of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. On March 11, church-goers in this community just south of Portland will create their own assembly line as they put together 300 health kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief depot in Salt Lake City. The church can make a record number of health kits this year because of local coordinator Laurie Yadon’s watchful eyes. The church raises money in August to ...

Barber ready for 'revival' as new congregational developer

2/7/2018

Barber ready for 'revival' as new congregational developer

Perhaps it’s time for a revival in the United Methodist Church. At least that’s the word that keeps popping into the brain of Leroy Barber, the new developer of congregational vitality for the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. “I’m getting this inkling about revival,” said Barber, who started his new position this week. “You have this hope and dream and you’re inviting everyone in.” It’s a new kind of revival path that he thinks the United Methodist Churches can head ...

Global missionary visiting various churches next week

2/7/2018

Global missionary visiting various churches next week

Janet Lahr Lewis, a General Board of Global Ministries missionary advocating for the Middle East in Washington D.C., will be visiting churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference next week (Feb. 16-26) to update them on her work and the church’s role in the Middle East. Her presentations are free and open to the public to attend. She will focus on the work that's been done, the involvement of the United Methodist Church in the region and why the church has a presence in the Holy Land.  She will ...

Mustard seed ministries across the conference moving mountains

2/1/2018

Mustard seed ministries across the conference moving mountains

If outreach ministry is akin to the gospel of Matthew – having faith the size of a mustard seed – then there are some mountains being moved in the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference. Whether it was handing out granola bars to kids, hosting an open mic night for people of color or making Christmas stockings for kids in need, several churches across the Oregon-Idaho Conference stepped up to try new ministries in 2017. It wasn’t challenging and didn’t break the bank to achieve, either. “It’...

Northwest UM Foundation growth spurt requires more help

2/1/2018

Northwest UM Foundation growth spurt requires more help

As the Northwest United Methodist Foundation has grown and changed shape over the years, so has the need for additional staff to support churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. The number of churches the Foundation is serving continues to grow as does the value of the investments it oversees. This has prompted the need for a new associate director who Executive Director Thomas Wilson hopes will be working in Oregon to better serve the churches in this region of the Greater Northwest Episcopal ...

Early bird registration for NLI ends Jan. 31

1/25/2018

Early bird registration for NLI ends Jan. 31

Church leaders have the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussion about ministry and more at Boise First United Methodist Church Cathedral of the Rockies’ annual Northwest Leadership Institute in March. The theme for this year’s two-day seminar March 8-9 is “Re-(form)ation.” Semper reformanda (always reforming) is one of the enduring slogans often associated with the Protestant reformation. The church is here, 500 years later, reforming again. The Rev. Duane Anders of Cathedral of the ...

Pension Board offers new funds honoring BDS requests

1/25/2018

Pension Board offers new funds honoring BDS requests

In 2015 the Oregon-Idaho Conference voted to divest its investment funds from three companies involved in supporting the Israel’s military occupation of Palestine: Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions. Despite opposing the vote for divestment, Wespath, the pension and health agency for The United Methodist Church, eventually made changes to allow for this choice. Wespath had various screening criteria to make investments conform to the values of the church but argued against this...

Deadline near for Boise refugee workshop Feb. 5-6

1/24/2018

Deadline near for Boise refugee workshop Feb. 5-6

Friday (Jan. 26) is the deadline for church leaders interested in addressing refugee issues to attend a conference in Boise and have it paid for by the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference. The Idaho Office of Refugees is putting on its annual conference of refugees in Boise Feb. 5-6. The cost to attend is $110; however, the Oregon-Idaho UMC Committee on Church and Society is using Peace with Justice funds to cover the cost of any clergy or laity in the Conference who wishes to attend. The...

Generosity workshop about more than paying bills

1/17/2018

Generosity workshop about more than paying bills

Stewardship isn’t about paying the bills. If there’s one thing the Rev. Charles “Chick” Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy hope pastors and lay leaders take away from their workshop on Feb. 10 in Tigard, it’s that stewardship is more than making sure the lights stay on and the church building stays heated. “I’m convinced paying the bills is not much fun," Lane said. "I think people want to hear what Jesus says about this.” Lane is a retired Lutheran pastor who has been working in the stewardship ...

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