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Conference members begin dissecting ‘Anatomy of Peace’

6/14/2018

Conference members begin dissecting ‘Anatomy of Peace’

Before having a heart at peace, it’s important to understand what it means to have a heart at war – so began Rev. Dr. Brian Brown’s three-part workshop and discussion on “Anatomy of Peace.” Brown’s first session Thursday morning focused on behavior and mindset. Changing a person’s mindset helps to change behavior. The two mindsets up for discussion were an inward (inside the box) and outward (outside the box) mindset. How do we turn from an inward mindset – a heart at war – to an outward ...

Laity workshops offer learning experiences

6/14/2018

Laity workshops offer learning experiences

On Thursday afternoon, laity were able to attend a plethora of workshops at Annual Conference to help them discern new and fruitful ways in which to support ministries in their local churches. Folks had the chance to learn about how to make their churches more disaster resilient, incorporate more social media into their church life, build a community garden, making disciples and ways in which churches can be partnering with their local communities. Sarah Richard attended the workshop on ...

Three generations enjoy voting - and coloring - together at Annual Conference

6/14/2018

Three generations enjoy voting - and coloring - together at Annual Conference

Paige Lowery is excited to be at the table this year – both literally and figuratively – as she joins her mom Eilidh Lowery and grandma Jane Shaffer as a voting member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. “When I was little I always had to sit in the back,” said the 13-year-old. It’s a little surreal for Shaffer, a retired clergy now who has been attending Annual Conference for 38 years, to share a table with her granddaughter and daughter. “Here’s this tradition of church family ...

Bishop’s address: In the midst of turmoil, run toward love

6/13/2018

Bishop’s address: In the midst of turmoil, run toward love

Even in the midst of uncertainty about the future of the United Methodist Church; even as we sometimes feel like things are crumbling and we can’t all agree on recognizing our differences there is still opportunity to live and love boldly, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky proclaimed during her Episcopal address to open the 50th session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. She reminded laity and clergy sitting inside Boise First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, Wednesday night of the ...

Ebbert Memorial celebrates 150 years of ministry

6/6/2018

Ebbert Memorial celebrates 150 years of ministry

  by June Fothergill In 1868, the first pastor came to serve the Methodists in Springfield, Oregon.  So there has been a ministry of the United Methodist Church in Springfield for 150 years.  This congregation today known as Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church has been celebrating this anniversary in a variety of ways.  One of the ways the church will continue this celebration is with a Music Sunday this week (June 10) featuring the Ebbert Choir, Brass Ensemble and a featured soloist.  ...

Opportunities to support Native, Hispanic ministries at Annual Conference

6/6/2018

Opportunities to support Native, Hispanic ministries at Annual Conference

   At Annual Conference, members and guests will have the opportunity to support ministries making a difference locally and globally. In addition to a special offering on Thursday of Annual Conference for the Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya special offerings will be taken for the Wilshire/Native American Fellowship in Portland and the Wilder Hispanic Ministry in Idaho. The Wilshire offering will take place during opening worship service on Wednesday evening at Boise First UMC, the Cathedral ...

'Anatomy of Peace' speaker to address Annual Conference

5/30/2018

'Anatomy of Peace' speaker to address Annual Conference

In addition to the business of Annual Conference, members and guests will participate in a discussion on peace when they gather in Boise June 13-16. Rev. Dr. Brian Brown will be a guest speaker during Annual Conference, leading large group discussions based off of the book “Anatomy of Peace” by the Arbinger Institute. “Anatomy of Peace” is recommended reading from the Council of Bishops, Commission on a Way Forward and other groups as the United Methodist Church is poised to vote on the issue ...

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

5/30/2018

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

Today, few would probably bat an eye at a young widow going to work in a local tavern to support her child. But in 1951 Elnora Baker had little education, was new to Weston, Oregon, and in need of a job. Her husband had died during World War II, and although she moved in with her sister, Baker had a seven-year-old son to think about, so she took that job. She tried finding a church home, too, but found a couple of congregations had no interest in a bar maiden worshipping with them. That is, of...

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

5/30/2018

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

During Thursday’s commissioning service at Boise First UMC during Annual Conference, a special offering will be taken to support the work the Oregon-Idaho Conference has engaged in with partners in health in Kenya. This offering will go to the Maua Methodist Hospital, where a number of Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams have visited in there past. The specific program being supporting through this special offering for Maua is a new program called Surgical Access ...

Author Alex Awad signing books at Annual Conference

5/24/2018

Author Alex Awad signing books at Annual Conference

In addition to his Saturday presentation on, “How Christians Can Respond to the Palestine/Israel Conflict, Rev. Alex Awad will also be signing his most recent book, “Palestinian Memories; the Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People” on Friday afternoon (June 15) starting at 4:45 p.m. at the Holy Land Task Force Ministry Marketplace table.  Awad, a Palestinian Christian, became a refugee when his family was evicted from the Jerusalem home that had been theirs for generations in the 1948 ...

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