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Oregon voters’ guide to include Methodists’ opposition to Measure 105

10/10/2018

Oregon voters’ guide to include Methodists’ opposition to Measure 105

If Oregon voters didn’t know it before, come Oct. 10, all 2.6 million active, registered voters here will know where The United Methodist Church stands on the issue of immigration and creating safe sanctuaries in this state. The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church successfully gathered 800 signatures – when only 500 were required – in less than 10 days to put a statement of opposition against Oregon Measure 105 into the voters’ guide pamphlet, which will be mailed out to ...

New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

10/2/2018

New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

Brandon Rhodes has long been interested in churches reaching outside of the traditional building space to create intentional community. “A lot of religious change is happening. Some people see it as a threat and I see it as a fantastic opportunity,” he said. Rhodes, who holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in religious and future studies, said he loves the idea of churches transforming unused space into affordable housing or renting old church space out to local nonprofits. He was also...

African Leaders Come to Connect

9/25/2018

African Leaders Come to Connect

Bishop Catherine Mutua and Stanley Gitari from the Kenyan Methodist Church and Maua Methodist Hospital will be in Oregon to participate in jurisdictional Volunteer in Mission (VIM) training and meet with past and future VIM team members. Teams from the Oregon-Idaho Conference have been partnering with the Kenya Methodist Church since 2006 to work with Maua Methodist Hospital, build homes for AIDS/HIV orphan families, build school classrooms, provide computers, and support other medical and ...

Items being collected for UMCOR West Depot starting Oct. 15

9/19/2018

Items being collected for UMCOR West Depot starting Oct. 15

Starting October 15, local volunteer Steve Matthews will be traveling through Oregon and Idaho to pick up supplies to deliver to the United Methodist Committee on Relief west depot in Salt Lake City. Matthews will pick up supplies from collection point churches (listed below).   Churches are encouraged to collect supplies for the sewing room at the West Depot.   UMCOR West Depot coordinator Brian Diggs said the sewing room continues to be a vital part of the United Methodist mission in Utah ...

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

9/12/2018

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

Montavilla United Methodist Church has decided to take church to the streets – well, the sidewalks at least – in its Portland neighborhood as a new way of reaching out to the community. The church recently installed 22 12-inch by 12-inch concrete pavers engraved with inspirational quotes that reflect how diversely the church defines Christianity. “We thought, ‘What would it look like to have 22 one-sentence sermons outside of the church?’” said Rev. Tim Winslea. Quotes such as: “Hope will ...

New HR specialist joins Conference staff

9/12/2018

New HR specialist joins Conference staff

Joshua Alexander started this week as the Conference’s new human resources and benefits specialist after 15 years spent working in the non-profit and faith-based organizations. “I’m excited to be working somewhere that is heavily focused on community and has a purpose and wants to help others,” he said. The 36-year-old holds degrees in biblical studies and communications. Raised in Eastern and Central Oregon, Alexander moved to Portland in 2003. He started working for the non-profit Because ...

Responding to suicide prevention in faith-based communities

9/12/2018

Responding to suicide prevention in faith-based communities

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-15. The Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has assembled an array of resources to help celebrate Faith.Hope.Life. Faith.Hope.Life is an opportunity for every faith community in the United States, regardless of creed, to focus on one Sabbath each year on the characteristics common to most faiths that also help prevent suicides. These characteristics are at ...

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

9/10/2018

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

On September 10 the Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet released the following message in support of the One Church Plan for The United Methodist Church. Here is their statement: Grace and peace in the name of Christ to the people called United Methodist of the Western Jurisdiction. We are the Mission Cabinet of the Western Jurisdiction, composed of your bishops, directors of connectional ministries, and leadership team chair. We speak to you out of a deep love for Christ and ...

7 United Methodist clergy, faith leaders arrested in peaceful ICE protest in Portland

9/5/2018

7 United Methodist clergy, faith leaders arrested in peaceful ICE protest in Portland

Among the 22 people arrested during a peaceful protest on Thursday outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in downtown Portland were 7 faith leaders from the Oregon-Idaho Conference. In its last August of Action events, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) of Oregon held one last rally and sit-in at ICE offices to protest the continued detention of asylum-seekers at the Sheridan Federal Corrections Institution. IMIrJ worked with clergy leaders from various faith...

Progress made, but pressure still needed, on releasing detained asylum seekers in Oregon

8/29/2018

Progress made, but pressure still needed, on releasing detained asylum seekers in Oregon

 Since Oregon’s Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice’s (IMIrJ) began its August call-to-action protesting the continued detention of asylum-seekers in federal prison here, some positive steps have been made, but organizers say there’s still more work to be done. In weekly vigils/rallies/protests outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Portland in August, nine faith leaders from different denominations – including United Methodists – have been arrested so far ...

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