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Conference Report to the UMC

6/17/2019

Conference Report to the UMC

As each annual conference meets, a report is filed with Unied Methodist Communications on key events and actions of the conference. You can read all the reports on the UMNews.org website. Below is the Oregon-Idaho wrap-up report: The Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference celebrated 50 years of gathering since the merger of the Oregon and Idaho Conferences. With a history reaching back to the 1849 organization of the Oregon-California mission conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the conference...

Oregon-Idaho Conference commissions queer clergy candidate

6/17/2019

Oregon-Idaho Conference commissions queer clergy candidate

In some ways Taylor Gould’s commissioning as a provisional elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference is a big deal; but in others it’s not. Gould, 26, identifies as bisexual/queer, and was one of six individuals commissioned and ordained Friday night in Eugene, Oregon. She’s will be the first queer person in the Conference to be a candidate for ministry under the new, more punitive rules for LGBTQ+ persons adopted at General Conference that will take effect in 2020. But she’s not the first openly ...

Six new leaders ordained and commissioned on Friday

6/14/2019

Six new leaders ordained and commissioned on Friday

The six candidates for ordination and commissioning in the Oregon-Idaho Conference did not walk into Friday night’s worship service as individuals. Instead, this tight-knit group of clergy candidates have been meeting via Zoom calls and in person since February’s Special Called General Conference to discern their path, even as they answered the historic questions of faith and promised to uphold the Book of Discipline. “Initially, right after General Conference, I was questioning everything,” ...

Bishop's address calls for more love, blessing, salvation

6/13/2019

Bishop's address calls for more love, blessing, salvation

In this CrossOver year where the United Methodist Church has been discerning whether to stay together or split apart, Greater Northwest Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky knows the church isn’t going to be the same. “General Conference (2019) sought to chart this new way forward,” she said in her opening episcopal address. “But it may turn out to be a tipping point that tears us in two.” Since that gathering in February, she said she’s heard from people at every point along the spectrum who feel ...

Lay delegate candidates introduce themselves at AC

6/13/2019

Lay delegate candidates introduce themselves at AC

Laity session included hearing from nominees who have already put their name forward as a General Conference 2020 delegate candidates. Voting will begin during plenary sessions and nominations can be taken from the floor. Here are the lay delegate candidates so far: Mark Bateman, Salem FUMC; Estaban Galan, Boise FUMC; Lydia Henry, Gresham FUMC; Jesse Kiboko, Pocatello; Jan Nelson, Salem Morningside UMC; Kylie Nelson, Wesley UMC; Paul Nickell, Portland FUMC; Aaron Pazan, Portsmouth Union; David...

Medicine Crow, Newman UMC highlighted at awards banquet

6/13/2019

Medicine Crow, Newman UMC highlighted at awards banquet

Because of his clear demonstration to everyone on repentance, and his many years of service to Native American Ministries, Duane Medicine Crow earned the Bishop’s Award for 2019, which was presented during Thursday night’s awards banquet. "I did not see this coming. I am really overwhelmed," Medicine Crow said. "I didn't realize what a marvelous fellow I am." Medicine Crow, who has been active in the Conference since moving to Salem to be with his daughter in 2006 and joining Morningside ...

Town Hall tackles tough topic of church future

6/13/2019

Town Hall tackles tough topic of church future

Annual Conference members got the sense that something new is being birthed from the brokenness caused by General Conference 2019, but what that baby will look like remains to be seen. At least, that’s how Rev. Jeannine Knepper phrased it during Thursday’s town hall discussion when different representatives gathered at the front of the plenary room to answer questions formed by different Table Talk groups and also included questions from the crowd. Panelists were asked to tell the truth about ...

Conference kicks off with a call to reaffirm baptism

6/12/2019

Conference kicks off with a call to reaffirm baptism

  Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference’s annual gathering kicked off with a question. “What was the last time you touched the baptismal waters?” Rev. Kathleen Weber, Crest to Coast District Superintendent for the Pacific Northwest Conference, asked the crowd gathered at First United Methodist Church Eugene on Wednesday night. Scripture for the service came from Luke Chapter 3, the story of Jesus’ baptism, which happened during challenging socio-economic-political times, much like the times...

Caldwell named Interim Director of Communications for Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference

6/10/2019

Caldwell named Interim Director of Communications for Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference

Kristen Caldwell has been named the Interim Director of Communications for the United Methodist Church in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, beginning July 1. During this time, the Greater Northwest Area will be reviewing its current communications approach and explore how to be more collaborative in developing an area-wide communications strategy.   Caldwell’s writing will be recognizable to people as she has served as the Conference’s Communications Associate for the past 18 months, writing ...

Hope UMC remembered

6/6/2019

Hope UMC remembered

The following profile of the history of Hope United Methodist Church was written by pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen and shared as they celebrated a “history of love” with the closure of their beloved church in Drain, Oregon. It has been edited for presentation here.   In the mid-1800s dedicated Methodist circuit riders covered hundreds of miles on horseback and brought the good news of Jesus Christ to the pioneer families in the Yoncalla and Drain area. They held religious services and worked to serve...

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