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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 ...

Abundant Health Focus: March is Disability Awareness month

3/18/2021

Abundant Health Focus: March is Disability Awareness month

Did you know The United Methodist Church has a nationwide Disability Ministries Committee? Their ministry website has a wealth of information and resources for learning about ways to include everyone in worship and activities, and useful articles for those just learning about “ableism.” As churches prepare to move toward more in-person gatherings, now is a good time to give some thought to how welcoming and accessible your planned events are for people of all abilities.  A great place to start ...

UMCOR Sunday 2021 holds special meaning for the GNW Area

3/18/2021

UMCOR Sunday 2021 holds special meaning for the GNW Area

Photo provided by Dana & Kathy Bryson. .   In the last year, disaster response coordinators from the Greater Northwest Area have had to call on the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for a wide range of support after devastating floods, then wildfires ravaged communities across conference boundaries – on top of a global pandemic.  “UMCOR has always been our strongest partners in response to natural disasters in the Greater Northwest Area,” said GNW Area Disaster Response ...

Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries offering “Trauma-Informed Care” class for GNW

3/11/2021

Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries offering “Trauma-Informed Care” class for GNW

Shauna Signorini, resilience and trauma educator. .     After the first year of dealing with COVID-19, many are eyeing the opportunity to climb out from under this cloud. As that happens, there is a growing awareness that the impact this pandemic has had on our lives – individually and collectively – is going to be with us for much longer than is currently known. To address the needs of staff who have suffered varying degrees of trauma, and to prepare us all for working with others, ...

Lay Servant Ministries course begins in April

2/26/2021

Lay Servant Ministries course begins in April

“Lay Servant Ministries: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs” will start April 13 and run through May 11 for anyone interested in participating from the Greater Northwest Area. The class will be taught by Rev. Dr. Scott Allen of Kuna UMC in Idaho and Oregon-Idaho Conference Sage District LSM Coordinator Carole Sullivan. The four-week course will be held via Zoom every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost of participation is simply the purchase of the book “The United Methodist Way, Living ...

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