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Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

8/13/2019

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

As more and more churches around Portland and in the Oregon-Idaho Conference seek ways to create affordable housing for their communities, a how-to guide has surfaced from two of Portland’s pastors leading the way. Revs. Julia Nielsen and Andy Goebel of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland have created a process guide for churches to use if they’re considering building affordable housing on church property. Portsmouth Union – formerly University Park UMC and St. Johns Community Church – ...

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

8/7/2019

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

The United Methodist Church has been “on a mission” for more than 200 years and plans are underway in the Oregon-Idaho Conference to celebrate and reflect on where the church has been and where it’s headed this fall. In October, people in the Oregon-Idaho Conference will have the opportunity to participate in any one of the three special celebrations and workshops in the area to honor the 200th anniversary of the Global Missions program of The United Methodist Church, the 150th anniversary of ...

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

8/1/2019

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

Already in her work as the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, Laurie Day has learned what “other duties as assigned” really means in her job description. In just her second week in the office, Day found herself putting garbage bags over her legs and wading into a plumbing and sewer situation that temporarily shut down the office. “When you jump in with both feet you never know what you’re going to get into,” Day said with a laugh. “I appreciate the great team of ...

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

7/18/2019

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

I have been trapped in the clichéd, superficial, proposition based form of Christian religious life in North America for some time. I have also been familiar with Joseph Heller’s Catch­­­–22 for many years but it was not until a recent reading that I had an insight that provided me with a way out of this propositional, religious trap. The insight was that religious claims, as opposed to scientific or ethical claims, should be expressed only as Catch–22s because these paradoxes do not make ...

Registration still open for UMW's summer Mission u

7/10/2019

Registration still open for UMW's summer Mission u

It’s not too late to get signed up for a Mission u event in the Oregon-Idaho Conference this summer.   United Methodist Women have put together the classes and seminars on a wide range of issues in wide-ranging places for participants to learn, grow in their faith and increase fellowship. These classes are not just geared for UMW, either. Men are encouraged to attend.   “In attending Mission u people study difficult issues through faith lenses,” said Becky Warren, president of Oregon-Idaho UMW. ...

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

6/26/2019

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

This year the Greater NW Area Innovation Vitality team has expanded its summer internship program to different cities throughout the region. Young leaders of color are getting the chance to develop leadership skills while exploring the intersection of faith and social justice in various community settings. This summer, instead of being based in the Portland area, the group will expand to Boise, Salem, Tacoma and Seattle. Read the profiles written by the individuals chosen to be leaders and ...

Conference approves post-GC2019 fallout legislation

6/19/2019

Conference approves post-GC2019 fallout legislation

As the Oregon-Idaho Conference and the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church continue to proclaim they are a “home for all” post-General Conference 2019, there were a few legislative items passed during the annual conference session in Eugene that are reactions and calls for action from churches and leadership in the local Conference. Approved on the Consent agenda was Action Request no. 4, which calls for structural change in the United Methodist Church. Be It Resolved That the...

Conference sending diverse delegation to GC 2020

6/18/2019

Conference sending diverse delegation to GC 2020

The Oregon-Idaho Conference has voted to send a diverse group of clergy and lay delegates to General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis. Head of the delegation will be Rev. Wendy Woodworth, who is an openly lesbian clergywoman serving Salem’s Morningside UMC a part of Open Door Ministries of Salem-Keizer. Back for another turn as lay delegate will be Jan Nelson, an openly lesbian member of Salem Morningside UMC and lay leader for the Conference. Additionally, the Conference selected  Mark Bateman...

Help Needed with Friend Making

6/18/2019

Help Needed with Friend Making

A part of my work as a member of the Oregon-Idaho Cabinet is to work with the Common Table Project through Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. I want to share with you some of that work, and to ask your help with it. On Sunday June 2nd I co-authored an Op-Ed in The Oregonian titled “An antidote to hate crimes is deliberate ‘friend-making.’”  You can read it here.  As you will see, this is a faith-based movement to bridge the increasingly toxic political divide of our times by finding common ground...

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...

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