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New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

10/2/2018

New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

Brandon Rhodes has long been interested in churches reaching outside of the traditional building space to create intentional community. “A lot of religious change is happening. Some people see it as a threat and I see it as a fantastic opportunity,” he said. Rhodes, who holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in religious and future studies, said he loves the idea of churches transforming unused space into affordable housing or renting old church space out to local nonprofits. He was also...

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

9/10/2018

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

On September 10 the Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet released the following message in support of the One Church Plan for The United Methodist Church. Here is their statement: Grace and peace in the name of Christ to the people called United Methodist of the Western Jurisdiction. We are the Mission Cabinet of the Western Jurisdiction, composed of your bishops, directors of connectional ministries, and leadership team chair. We speak to you out of a deep love for Christ and ...

Hillsboro First UMC brings "Common Good" to kids this summer

8/1/2018

Hillsboro First UMC brings

At Hillsboro First United Methodist Church they decided to do something “good” for a change with vacation bible school and youth in their community this summer. Instead of a week-long, Bible-lead, craft and song fest, church members decided it was time to fill a void in their community and opted to create a four-week “Camp Common Good” this summer. The camp is providing much-needed no cost childcare and learning opportunities to kids in their community – along with a little singing, crafting, ...

Conference adopts budget to continue moving ministries forward

6/28/2018

Conference adopts budget to continue moving ministries forward

During Annual Conference in Boise, members of the Oregon-Idaho Conference voted to increase the budget for 2019 by 3 percent in order to continue supporting existing and new ministries throughout the Conference. The adopted budget for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference is approximately $7.6 million for the 2019 fiscal year, up from $7.4 million in 2018. While Council on Finance and Administration Chairman Rick Beadnell and Conference Treasurer Dan Wilson-Fey said there were no new sources of ...

Methodists join rally to support imprisoned asylum seekers in Sheridan

6/21/2018

Methodists join rally to support imprisoned asylum seekers in Sheridan

Story by Kristen Caldwell/Photos by Paul Jeffrey Feeling increasingly frustrated with President Trump and his administration’s decision to separate asylum-seeking families from their children, several United Methodists joined a large crowd at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, to demand better treatment of immigrants and their families. “I felt some internal longing at Annual Conference for a call to action,” said Karlene Clark, pastor at Wesley UMC in Eugene. “I saw an opportunity to ...

AC Wrap-up report

6/19/2018

AC Wrap-up report

Each annual conference files a wrap-up report with the United Methodist New Service. Here's the Oregon-Idaho report: In the second year of a quadrennial theme of Do this and you shall live!,  based on Luke 10:26-28, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky lead the 50th Session of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. The conference gathered in Boise, Idaho, June 13-16, 2018 as it does at least once each quadrennium to honor the merger of the Oregon and Idaho Conferences in 1968. Building on a series of Table Talk ...

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

6/15/2018

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

The spirit and vitality of the Oregon-Idaho Conference is alive and well, with several people earning special recognition for their ministerial efforts during Friday night’s awards ceremony. For her fearlessness in addressing the issue of immigration and speaking out on her own personal story as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, Yuni Rueda earned the Bishop’s Award from Bishop Elaine Stanovsky. Rueda reminds us why we are United Methodists, Stanovsky said as she took the ...

Ceremony honors returning Wallowa Lake land to Nez Perce

6/15/2018

Ceremony honors returning Wallowa Lake land to Nez Perce

With one small rock, a monumental moment was honored at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference gathering, when it was noted 1.5 acres of land at Wallowa Lake Camp will soon be returned to its rightful owners – the Nez Perce Tribe. During a ceremony on Friday a rock from Wallowa Lake Camp was symbolically passed to representatives from the Nez Perce Tribe to honor and represent the vote taken on Thursday to return a parcel of land, river bottom land detached from the camp, that is ideal Sockeye ...

Women give voice to #MeToo movement at Annual Conference

6/15/2018

Women give voice to #MeToo movement at Annual Conference

With a “wailing wall” set up outside the general conference board room in Boise, women – and men – have been giving the opportunity during the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference gathering to lament their own #MeToo stories. On Friday, female leaders gave voice to this lament with a special moment of worship, through prayer, calling on us to know God’s love and listen intently to the voices of people who have been harmed by sexual abuse, assault and harassment. Men and women attending Conference ...

Commissioning worship calls for service, love and 'disruption'

6/14/2018

Commissioning worship calls for service, love and 'disruption'

The emotions of what she was about to embark on hit Jessie Cummins a whole 24 hours before she was commissioned as a provisional elder of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. On Wednesday night, she was sitting in the sanctuary at Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise with Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, rehearsing the words she would utter the next night that would set her on this journey in ministry. Just an hour before this, she witnessed 17 candles being lit to honor the memory of 17 good and faithful ...

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