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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...

Immigration summit brings people together to discuss justice

5/29/2019

Immigration summit brings people together to discuss justice

Last Christmas, Jennifer Hurtado Daniels’ family saw a news story where a church placed a nativity scene behind a wire fence to highlight Christians’ overwhelming disgrace in the United States’ new immigration enforcement plans. Plans that are separating families at the border. Without skipping a beat, Daniels’ 15-year-old son Theodore quipped that it would be more accurate for the Baby Jesus to be in a separate cage from Mary and Joseph. “That was a great parental moment for me; hearing that ...

Recommended candidates offer open letter to leaders and colleagues

5/23/2019

Recommended candidates offer open letter to leaders and colleagues

Six candidates for commissioning or ordination at the upcoming Annual Conference Session have offered a letter to church leaders and colleagues about their reaction to the decisions of the 2019 General Conference session and passage of the "Traditional Plan." They have asked their letter be shared as an open letter to the church at large: To Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, the Board of Ordained Ministries of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and clergy-colleagues of the Oregon-Idaho Annual ...

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

5/22/2019

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

Learn about Reconciling Ministries, Peace with Justice or "Go Nuts for Jesus" at the Ministry Marketplace being held during the Annual Conference session in Eugene. The Ministry Marketplace will be located in the convention center lobby of the Hotel Eugene, where the Annual Conference sessions will be held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday morning, June 15. There are more than 20 vendors available to provide participants and visitors with all sorts of interesting information. “The Ministry ...

Abundant Health ministry continues to expand across Conference

5/15/2019

Abundant Health ministry continues to expand across Conference

In its first year with an official staff person, the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s Abundant Health ministry has made a great deal of progress in getting people and churches connected to the concept of mental, physical and spiritual health – but more work lies ahead. More than 40 churches across the Conference have signed on as participants in the initiative, according to Abundant Health Coordinator Marshall Wattman-Turner. “Our goal is to create a network of United Methodist members and ...

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