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Call to Action: Signatures needed to help publish Oregon voter’s pamphlet statement

8/8/2018

Call to Action: Signatures needed to help publish Oregon voter’s pamphlet statement

The Immigration Task Force of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has been working to include a statement in opposition to Measure 105 in the Oregon Voters Pamphlet for November’s General Election. Measure 105 (Previously known as IP22), seeks to repeal Oregon’s 30 year old “sanctuary” law (ORS 181A.820). This statement will join similar ones from faith communities who support the existing legislation which defends against the racial profiling of immigrants. This ...

Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

8/8/2018

Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

Corvallis First United Methodist Church pastor Barbara Nixon was one of three clergy from different faiths arrested outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office building in Portland during a peaceful protest on Tuesday. Nixon was detained by officers with Homeland Security and charged with two crimes, disobeying a federal officer and disrupting the peace on federal property. She was cited and released Tuesday afternoon. The arrests came as a result of clergy and other people of ...

Wallowa Lake ceremony honors return of land to Nez Perce

8/2/2018

Wallowa Lake ceremony honors return of land to Nez Perce

Arthur Broncheau holds the ceremonial stone before it is returned to the Wallowa River. In a moving ceremony filled with song, word and action under the shadow of Chief Joseph Mountain, The United Methodist Church took a small step toward righting an historic wrong on Wednesday. As 115 people gathered from the Nez Perce Tribe, United Methodist Church, camp supporters, and community, The Oregon-Idaho Conference returned a 1.5 acre parcel of land in Oregon to the Nez Perce nation. “I never ...

Global Youth Convocation a ‘life-changing experience’ for local delegates

8/1/2018

Global Youth Convocation a ‘life-changing experience’ for local delegates

More than 10,000 miles from their homes, Global Youth Convocation participants from the Oregon-Idaho Conference said they found family and new purpose in Johannesburg, South Africa. “It’s hard to put into words,” said 18-year-old Caelyn Wooldridge. “They feel like family.” Wooldridge and recent Portland State University graduate Kylie Nelson represented the Oregon-Idaho Conference at the quadrennial United Methodist global youth gathering, travelling with several other delegates from the ...

Hillsboro First UMC brings "Common Good" to kids this summer

8/1/2018

Hillsboro First UMC brings

At Hillsboro First United Methodist Church they decided to do something “good” for a change with vacation bible school and youth in their community this summer. Instead of a week-long, Bible-lead, craft and song fest, church members decided it was time to fill a void in their community and opted to create a four-week “Camp Common Good” this summer. The camp is providing much-needed no cost childcare and learning opportunities to kids in their community – along with a little singing, crafting, ...

New intern to assist Conference in immigration ministry, hospitality

8/1/2018

New intern to assist Conference in immigration ministry, hospitality

When Natalia Olivares and her family moved from Mexico to the United States when she was 5 years old, it was the United Methodist Church who showed them the greatest hospitality. Raised in Phoenix as her parents ministered to parishioners in the area as United Methodist pastors, the now 21-year-old music education student at Portland State University is excited to be giving back to the church by helping other immigrant and migrant families. She will serve as an intern for the Oregon-Idaho ...

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

7/11/2018

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

A new spiritual community for young adults – along with some much-need affordable housing – is currently under construction in Portland. House Adamah is set to open later this summer, offering housing for five individuals looking for intentional Christian community, in what was once the parsonage for Lincoln Street United Methodist Church. Adam Jenkins, a leader at Gresham United Methodist Church, has been working with the Missional Wisdom Foundation and Lincoln Street UMC to get this project ...

Greater NW Ordinary Revival brings diverse voices to church

7/5/2018

Greater NW Ordinary Revival brings diverse voices to church

When Rev. Jon Umbdenstock walked into Sunnyside United Methodist Church in Portland last weekend, he saw a lot of people he didn’t recognize and a lot of people who he didn’t look like. He knew he was in the right place for a revival – an Ordinary Revival put on by the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area in collaboration with the Parish Collective. “I enjoyed connecting with people from different walks of life and different ethnic backgrounds,” said Umbdenstock, leader of the aCrossCulture new ...

New Abundant Health coordinator aims to aid Conference efforts

7/5/2018

New Abundant Health coordinator aims to aid Conference efforts

When the Oregon-Idaho Conference decided to become involved in the Abundant Health initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Marshall Wattman-Turner was eager to get involved. On July 1, he began his job as the Conference’s Abundant Health Coordinator and will be working part-time to focus on improved spiritual, mental, physical and emotional health throughout the Conference. “It represents a confluence of my call to ministry and my experiences ...

Conference adopts budget to continue moving ministries forward

6/28/2018

Conference adopts budget to continue moving ministries forward

During Annual Conference in Boise, members of the Oregon-Idaho Conference voted to increase the budget for 2019 by 3 percent in order to continue supporting existing and new ministries throughout the Conference. The adopted budget for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference is approximately $7.6 million for the 2019 fiscal year, up from $7.4 million in 2018. While Council on Finance and Administration Chairman Rick Beadnell and Conference Treasurer Dan Wilson-Fey said there were no new sources of ...

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