News


Methodists join rally to support imprisoned asylum seekers in Sheridan

6/21/2018

Methodists join rally to support imprisoned asylum seekers in Sheridan

Story by Kristen Caldwell/Photos by Paul Jeffrey Feeling increasingly frustrated with President Trump and his administration’s decision to separate asylum-seeking families from their children, several United Methodists joined a large crowd at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, to demand better treatment of immigrants and their families. “I felt some internal longing at Annual Conference for a call to action,” said Karlene Clark, pastor at Wesley UMC in Eugene. “I saw an opportunity to ...

AC Wrap-up report

6/19/2018

AC Wrap-up report

Each annual conference files a wrap-up report with the United Methodist New Service. Here's the Oregon-Idaho report: In the second year of a quadrennial theme of Do this and you shall live!,  based on Luke 10:26-28, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky lead the 50th Session of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. The conference gathered in Boise, Idaho, June 13-16, 2018 as it does at least once each quadrennium to honor the merger of the Oregon and Idaho Conferences in 1968. Building on a series of Table Talk ...

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

6/15/2018

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

The spirit and vitality of the Oregon-Idaho Conference is alive and well, with several people earning special recognition for their ministerial efforts during Friday night’s awards ceremony. For her fearlessness in addressing the issue of immigration and speaking out on her own personal story as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, Yuni Rueda earned the Bishop’s Award from Bishop Elaine Stanovsky. Rueda reminds us why we are United Methodists, Stanovsky said as she took the ...

Ceremony honors returning Wallowa Lake land to Nez Perce

6/15/2018

Ceremony honors returning Wallowa Lake land to Nez Perce

With one small rock, a monumental moment was honored at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference gathering, when it was noted 1.5 acres of land at Wallowa Lake Camp will soon be returned to its rightful owners – the Nez Perce Tribe. During a ceremony on Friday a rock from Wallowa Lake Camp was symbolically passed to representatives from the Nez Perce Tribe to honor and represent the vote taken on Thursday to return a parcel of land, river bottom land detached from the camp, that is ideal Sockeye ...

Women give voice to #MeToo movement at Annual Conference

6/15/2018

Women give voice to #MeToo movement at Annual Conference

With a “wailing wall” set up outside the general conference board room in Boise, women – and men – have been giving the opportunity during the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference gathering to lament their own #MeToo stories. On Friday, female leaders gave voice to this lament with a special moment of worship, through prayer, calling on us to know God’s love and listen intently to the voices of people who have been harmed by sexual abuse, assault and harassment. Men and women attending Conference ...

Commissioning worship calls for service, love and 'disruption'

6/14/2018

Commissioning worship calls for service, love and 'disruption'

The emotions of what she was about to embark on hit Jessie Cummins a whole 24 hours before she was commissioned as a provisional elder of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. On Wednesday night, she was sitting in the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise with Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, rehearsing the words she would utter the next night that would set her on this journey in ministry. Just an hour before this, she witnessed 17 candles being lit to honor the memory of 17 good and faithful ...

Conference members begin dissecting ‘Anatomy of Peace’

6/14/2018

Conference members begin dissecting ‘Anatomy of Peace’

Before having a heart at peace, it’s important to understand what it means to have a heart at war – so began Rev. Dr. Brian Brown’s three-part workshop and discussion on “Anatomy of Peace.” Brown’s first session Thursday morning focused on behavior and mindset. Changing a person’s mindset helps to change behavior. The two mindsets up for discussion were an inward (inside the box) and outward (outside the box) mindset. How do we turn from an inward mindset – a heart at war – to an outward ...

Laity workshops offer learning experiences

6/14/2018

Laity workshops offer learning experiences

On Thursday afternoon, laity were able to attend a plethora of workshops at Annual Conference to help them discern new and fruitful ways in which to support ministries in their local churches. Folks had the chance to learn about how to make their churches more disaster resilient, incorporate more social media into their church life, build a community garden, making disciples and ways in which churches can be partnering with their local communities. Sarah Richard attended the workshop on ...

Three generations enjoy voting - and coloring - together at Annual Conference

6/14/2018

Three generations enjoy voting - and coloring - together at Annual Conference

Paige Lowery is excited to be at the table this year – both literally and figuratively – as she joins her mom Eilidh Lowery and grandma Jane Shaffer as a voting member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. “When I was little I always had to sit in the back,” said the 13-year-old. It’s a little surreal for Shaffer, a retired clergy now who has been attending Annual Conference for 38 years, to share a table with her granddaughter and daughter. “Here’s this tradition of church family ...

Bishop’s address: In the midst of turmoil, run toward love

6/13/2018

Bishop’s address: In the midst of turmoil, run toward love

Even in the midst of uncertainty about the future of the United Methodist Church; even as we sometimes feel like things are crumbling and we can’t all agree on recognizing our differences there is still opportunity to live and love boldly, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky proclaimed during her Episcopal address to open the 50th session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. She reminded laity and clergy sitting inside Boise First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, Wednesday night of the ...

Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4 5 ... 20 next
Boldly Making Disciples of Jesus Christ - Vitalizing the Church - Transforming the World