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Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

9/18/2019

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

 What Matters Most?   Jesus proclaimed: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 How can we as United Methodists in Oregon and Idaho continue growing together toward the mission Jesus set out for himself and for us?   Abundant Health is the mission priority of United Methodist Global Ministries for 2017 – 2020.  The global goal is to reach at least one million children with health promoting measures by 2020.   In response to Jesus’ invitation to love our neighbor ...

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

8/7/2019

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

The United Methodist Church has been “on a mission” for more than 200 years and plans are underway in the Oregon-Idaho Conference to celebrate and reflect on where the church has been and where it’s headed this fall. In October, people in the Oregon-Idaho Conference will have the opportunity to participate in any one of the three special celebrations and workshops in the area to honor the 200th anniversary of the Global Missions program of The United Methodist Church, the 150th anniversary of ...

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

7/18/2019

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

I have been trapped in the clichéd, superficial, proposition based form of Christian religious life in North America for some time. I have also been familiar with Joseph Heller’s Catch­­­–22 for many years but it was not until a recent reading that I had an insight that provided me with a way out of this propositional, religious trap. The insight was that religious claims, as opposed to scientific or ethical claims, should be expressed only as Catch–22s because these paradoxes do not make ...

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

6/26/2019

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

This year the Greater NW Area Innovation Vitality team has expanded its summer internship program to different cities throughout the region. Young leaders of color are getting the chance to develop leadership skills while exploring the intersection of faith and social justice in various community settings. This summer, instead of being based in the Portland area, the group will expand to Boise, Salem, Tacoma and Seattle. Read the profiles written by the individuals chosen to be leaders and ...

Conference approves post-GC2019 fallout legislation

6/19/2019

Conference approves post-GC2019 fallout legislation

As the Oregon-Idaho Conference and the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church continue to proclaim they are a “home for all” post-General Conference 2019, there were a few legislative items passed during the annual conference session in Eugene that are reactions and calls for action from churches and leadership in the local Conference. Approved on the Consent agenda was Action Request no. 4, which calls for structural change in the United Methodist Church. Be It Resolved That the...

Conference sending diverse delegation to GC 2020

6/18/2019

Conference sending diverse delegation to GC 2020

The Oregon-Idaho Conference has voted to send a diverse group of clergy and lay delegates to General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis. Head of the delegation will be Rev. Wendy Woodworth, who is an openly lesbian clergywoman serving Salem’s Morningside UMC a part of Open Door Ministries of Salem-Keizer. Back for another turn as lay delegate will be Jan Nelson, an openly lesbian member of Salem Morningside UMC and lay leader for the Conference. Additionally, the Conference selected  Mark Bateman...

Conference Report to the UMC

6/17/2019

Conference Report to the UMC

As each annual conference meets, a report is filed with Unied Methodist Communications on key events and actions of the conference. You can read all the reports on the UMNews.org website. Below is the Oregon-Idaho wrap-up report: The Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference celebrated 50 years of gathering since the merger of the Oregon and Idaho Conferences. With a history reaching back to the 1849 organization of the Oregon-California mission conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the conference...

Oregon-Idaho Conference commissions queer clergy candidate

6/17/2019

Oregon-Idaho Conference commissions queer clergy candidate

In some ways Taylor Gould’s commissioning as a provisional elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference is a big deal; but in others it’s not. Gould, 26, identifies as bisexual/queer, and was one of six individuals commissioned and ordained Friday night in Eugene, Oregon. She’s will be the first queer person in the Conference to be a candidate for ministry under the new, more punitive rules for LGBTQ+ persons adopted at General Conference that will take effect in 2020. But she’s not the first openly ...

Six new leaders ordained and commissioned on Friday

6/14/2019

Six new leaders ordained and commissioned on Friday

The six candidates for ordination and commissioning in the Oregon-Idaho Conference did not walk into Friday night’s worship service as individuals. Instead, this tight-knit group of clergy candidates have been meeting via Zoom calls and in person since February’s Special Called General Conference to discern their path, even as they answered the historic questions of faith and promised to uphold the Book of Discipline. “Initially, right after General Conference, I was questioning everything,” ...

Bishop's address calls for more love, blessing, salvation

6/13/2019

Bishop's address calls for more love, blessing, salvation

In this CrossOver year where the United Methodist Church has been discerning whether to stay together or split apart, Greater Northwest Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky knows the church isn’t going to be the same. “General Conference (2019) sought to chart this new way forward,” she said in her opening episcopal address. “But it may turn out to be a tipping point that tears us in two.” Since that gathering in February, she said she’s heard from people at every point along the spectrum who feel ...

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