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New HR specialist joins Conference staff

9/12/2018

New HR specialist joins Conference staff

Joshua Alexander started this week as the Conference’s new human resources and benefits specialist after 15 years spent working in the non-profit and faith-based organizations. “I’m excited to be working somewhere that is heavily focused on community and has a purpose and wants to help others,” he said. The 36-year-old holds degrees in biblical studies and communications. Raised in Eastern and Central Oregon, Alexander moved to Portland in 2003. He started working for the non-profit Because ...

An Open Letter to Rev. Tom Lambrecht, member of the Commission on a Way Forward

3/21/2018

An Open Letter to Rev. Tom Lambrecht, member of the Commission on a Way Forward

An Open Letter To: Rev. Tom Lambrecht, member of the Commission on a Way Forward From: Elaine Stanovsky, bishop of the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church My heart is not at war. I am not using clergy and staff appointments to undermine the unity of the Church or the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. My heart was at peace when I appointed Rev. Kathleen Weber to my cabinet. It was at peace when I approved hiring Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell by the Oregon-Idaho Annual ...

Greater Northwest Area invited to Table Talks to discuss a Way Forward for the UMC

3/6/2018

Greater Northwest Area invited to Table Talks to discuss a Way Forward for the UMC

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky leads communion for Table Talk Facilitators Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is inviting United Methodists in the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences to participate in Table Talk conversations on human sexuality, the upcoming report of the Commission on a Way Forward and special called session of the General Conference in February 2019. The conversations will be held in various settings across the Greater Northwest Area.   Early in March, 47 leaders from ...

Praying Our Way Forward

11/15/2017

Praying Our Way Forward

 In prayer, we can be one in Christ. The people of The United Methodist Church are joining together in prayer. Praying Our Way Forward is an initiative of the Council of Bishops to hold The United Methodist Church in prayer while the work of the Commission on a Way Forward does it's work. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of ...

Information sessions give update on health insurance

4/27/2017

Information sessions give update on health insurance

The Oregon-Idaho Board of Pensions, which is responsible for overseeing conference health insurance plans, is moving forward on a revised set of health insurance offerings for clergy and lay employees in the conference. In 2016, they surveyed church leaders and plan participants about levels of service and controlling costs. At the 2016 Annual Conference the board shared a proposal for revising insurance coverage through an option of choices known as HealthFlex Exchange. Insurance costs for the ...

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