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For 25 years Oregon-Idaho deacons have taken their own paths to service

5/27/2021

For 25 years Oregon-Idaho deacons have taken their own paths to service

For Rev. Julia “Jules” Nielsen she sees her gift as a deacon in ministry to be an interpreter of the church language. She said she always knew her leadership qualities would be most effective as a deacon where she could “shake the sandbox” when she sees a need for systemic change. Being a deacon, rather than an elder she said, allows her to “focus on people outside of the church and on the margins.” A deacon in the United Methodist church goes through the same or similar seminary education and ...

Visit a Sacred Treasure of Oregon - Wallowa Lake Camp

5/27/2021

Visit a Sacred Treasure of Oregon - Wallowa Lake Camp

Wallowa Lake United Methodist Camp is located in Northeast Oregon at the base of the majestic Wallowa mountains. It has access via tram or hiking and horseback trails to the famed Eagle Cap Wilderness. Wallowa Lake Camp Director Peggy Lovegren invites individuals, families, and groups to come make memories while relaxing and rejuvenating.   This camp is for all ages. It was designed with both deluxe cabins (with private baths and linens) and more rustic accommodations to include families and ...

GNW Area creates Circle of Indigenous Ministries

5/17/2021

GNW Area creates Circle of Indigenous Ministries

           As friendships and ministries with Native American and Indigenous peoples grow, the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church is creating the Circle of Indigenous Ministries. Developing mutual, healing, and life-affirming relationships with Native Americans and Indigenous peoples in and outside the church is part of the GNW Area’s ongoing efforts to heal historic trauma and dismantle racism. Rev. Dr. Allen Buck, pastor of Great Spirit United Methodist ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference Commission on Religion and Race accepting grant applications, seeking new members

5/13/2021

Oregon-Idaho Conference Commission on Religion and Race accepting grant applications, seeking new members

As Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has outlined dismantling racism as one of the top missional priorities for the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, the Oregon-Idaho Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) is eager to help churches in those efforts. The grant application process is now open through Aug. 31 and churches that are working to dismantling racism through various efforts can apply. Commission co-chair, Rev. June Fothergill, is looking forward to churches telling their stories of ...

Our Annual Conference Theme & Logo for 2021

5/12/2021

Our Annual Conference Theme & Logo for 2021

This year’s theme for annual conference sessions across the Greater Northwest Area is “Love Never Ends,” a short line from I Corinthians 13 that captures the essence of that beloved text. While this chapter of I Corinthians is familiar to many because of its usage at wedding ceremonies, it speaks more broadly than this practice might suggest. As he writes to a community in conflict, the Apostle Paul casts a vision of love that selflessly seeks the good of others, resists arrogance as it aims to...

Wallowa UMC returned to the Nez Perce Tribe

4/30/2021

Wallowa UMC returned to the Nez Perce Tribe

WALLOWA, OR – Sitting on the ancestral grounds of the Nez Perce Tribe and after 144 years of faithful ministry to its community, Wallowa United Methodist Church was returned to the Nimiipuu in a ceremony of friendship, celebration and repentance on Thursday. The Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church handed over the keys to the church building and deed to the property in a ceremony that honored the friendship that exists between the church and Nez Perce community, while the ...

Abundant Health: Appreciating the healing balm of simple outdoor recreation

4/22/2021

Abundant Health: Appreciating the healing balm of simple outdoor recreation

By Rebecca Warren “I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel” – Rachel Carson, author of “The Sense of Wonder” Exploring nature soothes our spirits, stimulates our minds, and even heals our bodies. Nature is not confined to national parks or vast landscapes but thrives outside our doorways. Face the wind, feel the warmth of the sun, bend to smell a flower, finger the soil, pluck and taste a homegrown ...

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

4/16/2021

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

Sometimes being a misfit in the church makes all the difference. For Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, director of innovation for an engaged church in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, being an innovator, entrepreneur and leader of color in an institution that needs disrupting, has earned him national recognition. He has been named one of five Tom Locke Innovative Leaders for 2021 by Wesleyan Investive (formerly the United Methodist Development Fund). The award recognizes five individuals who are ...

Tigard UMC creates digital hub for students

4/15/2021

Tigard UMC creates digital hub for students

It seems almost too easy to be a mission project amid a pandemic. But when it came to setting up a digital learning hub for students in the neighborhood, everyone at Tigard UMC can’t believe how easy it was to say “yes” to re-imagining how to use their church space and respond to a need in the community by supporting middle school students with online learning. “It’s one of the fastest-moving ideas we’ve had in our church,” said Samantha Harmon, chairperson of the Tigard UMC church council. Rev....

Nelson stepping down as Oregon-Idaho lay leader, nominations sought

4/7/2021

Nelson stepping down as Oregon-Idaho lay leader, nominations sought

After serving a quadrennium plus pandemic year, Oregon-Idaho Conference Lay Leader Jan Nelson is stepping down from her post, which will prompt the election of a new lay leader during Annual Conference in June. “I’ve gotten to work with a bunch of really talented, dedicated people,” said Nelson, who was also elected in 2019 as the primary lay delegate to General Conference, which has now been delayed until 2022. Nelson will step down after Annual Conference wraps up at the end of June. She ...

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