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Your Portal to the World: Now is the time to update your online presence

3/13/2019

Your Portal to the World: Now is the time to update your online presence

I know that in the wake of the outcome of General Conference last month many of you are hurting, wondering, questioning, and that the folks in your churches are doing the same thing. I know that people are leaving or thinking of leaving from both ends of the theological spectrum. A major disruption has occurred, the results will not be fully known for a while. If possible, encourage folks to remain calm and remain with you for now. Don’t promise anything except that things will become clearer as...

Greater NW churches respond to GC2019 with messages of frustration, apology and love

3/6/2019

Greater NW churches respond to GC2019 with messages of frustration, apology and love

As soon as Rev. Barbara Nixon saw the votes tallied at General Conference that would ensure that The United Methodist Church would re-affirm and double-down on the unequal treatment of LGBTQ people within the church, she was on the phone ordering a banner for Corvallis First UMC. The sign, which was posted in the church’s front yard later that evening, reads: “We denounce the immoral decision of the global United Methodist Church. We stand with LGBTQ persons unconditionally.” Corvallis has ...

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

2/27/2019

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

Written in dry erase marker on the window of Leroy Barber’s office of innovation and vitality at the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center is the phrase: “Innovation happens at the intersection of difference.” It’s a heady charge – getting United Methodists in the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond to consider a church that doesn’t just revolve around traditional worship spaces. This is why, after one year in his position with the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Barber has added a team of ...

Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

2/27/2019

Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

Some people try giving up chocolate for Lent. Some people try letting go of anger or fears after their foreheads are dotted with Ashes at the beginning of the six-week holy season. But several Portland churches, spurred on by First United Methodist Church, will be attempting to care more for their planet by reducing their use of plastics during the season of Lent. “It’s a theological issue,” said Rev. Josh Kingsley, minister of discipleship from First UMC PDX. “We are in relationship with ...

MFSA spring event looks at law and justice

2/26/2019

MFSA spring event looks at law and justice

Rev. Neal Christie, from the General Board of Church and Society, and Portland Attorney Elden Rosenthal will be the speakers for the Oregon-Idaho Methodist Federation for Social Action’s spring event.   Rule of Law as a Tool of Christian Justice: the intersection of civil law and social principles will be their topic for the gather on Friday evening, March 22.   Rosenthal is a retired Portland attorney who was part of the team from the Southern Poverty Law Center that secured a $12.5 million ...

Conference holding April summit to keep moving immigration issues forward

2/19/2019

Conference holding April summit to keep moving immigration issues forward

Photo by Paul Jeffrey. The Rev. Jorge Rodriguez, a United Methodist pastor, leads participants in song at a rally outside a federal detention center in Sheridan, Oregon. Participants protested the Trump administration's policy of separating parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. While some churches and faith communities in the Oregon-Idaho Conference are deeply embedded in immigration and migrant family support, others are just starting to dip their congregation’s toes ...

GC2020 Delegation Nominating Deadline Extended

2/18/2019

GC2020 Delegation Nominating Deadline Extended

Due to the timing of the 2019 Special Called General Conference, the deadline for submitting clergy or laity nominations for the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences has been extended until March 15. Those who wish to self-nominate simply need to send an email to the conference secretary (laura@umoi.org) before March 15. Clergy and laity are also invited to nominate up to five others; those who receive at least 10 nominations (along with those who self-nominate) will receive an invitation...

Special conference delegates want inclusive, unified denomination from GC2019

2/12/2019

Special conference delegates want inclusive, unified denomination from GC2019

The two women representing the Oregon-Idaho Conference at the special called General Conference session of The United Methodist Church later this month are no strangers to most in Oregon and Idaho. But Rev. Donna Pritchard, clergy delegate, and Jan Nelson, lay delegate, are feeling incredibly grateful, humbled and honored to represent the Conference and vote on the future of the denomination as it relates to human sexuality and inclusivity in the UMC. “This is a watershed moment for the ...

UMW takes on 150 book reading challenge

2/12/2019

UMW takes on 150 book reading challenge

The United Methodist Women of the Oregon-Idaho Conference are engaging their mind in abundant health efforts as they celebrate 150 years of  ministry to women  by reading 150 books by the end of March. Since January 1, the group has been aiming to read 150 books, collectively, until March 23 when the global United Methodist Women’s group celebrates 150 years. “With such reading and the understanding and mission, it leads to contribute to the well-being of our members and the mission fields ...

Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

2/5/2019

Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

Photos provided by Angie Kiblinger, Hillsboro UMC In the kitchen at Hillsboro United Methodist Church the week before the Super Bowl, things were humming along as volunteer after volunteer worked to make 3,000 tamales to be delivered to two churches in support of one mission: assisting local farmers. The tamale fundraiser is part of the WFWA winter survival campaign. The tamale-making takes a month to pull off with all WFWA members being volunteers, according to coordinator Leecia Anderson. ...

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