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Wallowa Lake ceremony honors return of land to Nez Perce

8/2/2018

Wallowa Lake ceremony honors return of land to Nez Perce

Arthur Broncheau holds the ceremonial stone before it is returned to the Wallowa River. In a moving ceremony filled with song, word and action under the shadow of Chief Joseph Mountain, The United Methodist Church took a small step toward righting an historic wrong on Wednesday. As 115 people gathered from the Nez Perce Tribe, United Methodist Church, camp supporters, and community, The Oregon-Idaho Conference returned a 1.5 acre parcel of land in Oregon to the Nez Perce nation. “I never ...

Global Youth Convocation a ‘life-changing experience’ for local delegates

8/1/2018

Global Youth Convocation a ‘life-changing experience’ for local delegates

More than 10,000 miles from their homes, Global Youth Convocation participants from the Oregon-Idaho Conference said they found family and new purpose in Johannesburg, South Africa. “It’s hard to put into words,” said 18-year-old Caelyn Wooldridge. “They feel like family.” Wooldridge and recent Portland State University graduate Kylie Nelson represented the Oregon-Idaho Conference at the quadrennial United Methodist global youth gathering, travelling with several other delegates from the ...

New intern to assist Conference in immigration ministry, hospitality

8/1/2018

New intern to assist Conference in immigration ministry, hospitality

When Natalia Olivares and her family moved from Mexico to the United States when she was 5 years old, it was the United Methodist Church who showed them the greatest hospitality. Raised in Phoenix as her parents ministered to parishioners in the area as United Methodist pastors, the now 21-year-old music education student at Portland State University is excited to be giving back to the church by helping other immigrant and migrant families. She will serve as an intern for the Oregon-Idaho ...

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

7/11/2018

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

A new spiritual community for young adults – along with some much-need affordable housing – is currently under construction in Portland. House Adamah is set to open later this summer, offering housing for five individuals looking for intentional Christian community, in what was once the parsonage for Lincoln Street United Methodist Church. Adam Jenkins, a leader at Gresham United Methodist Church, has been working with the Missional Wisdom Foundation and Lincoln Street UMC to get this project ...

Greater NW Ordinary Revival brings diverse voices to church

7/5/2018

Greater NW Ordinary Revival brings diverse voices to church

When Rev. Jon Umbdenstock walked into Sunnyside United Methodist Church in Portland last weekend, he saw a lot of people he didn’t recognize and a lot of people who he didn’t look like. He knew he was in the right place for a revival – an Ordinary Revival put on by the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area in collaboration with the Parish Collective. “I enjoyed connecting with people from different walks of life and different ethnic backgrounds,” said Umbdenstock, leader of the aCrossCulture new ...

New Abundant Health coordinator aims to aid Conference efforts

7/5/2018

New Abundant Health coordinator aims to aid Conference efforts

When the Oregon-Idaho Conference decided to become involved in the Abundant Health initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Marshall Wattman-Turner was eager to get involved. On July 1, he began his job as the Conference’s Abundant Health Coordinator and will be working part-time to focus on improved spiritual, mental, physical and emotional health throughout the Conference. “It represents a confluence of my call to ministry and my experiences ...

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 ...

Internships aim to bring leaders of color into church

6/26/2018

Internships aim to bring leaders of color into church

Young leaders of color will be working with the Oregon-Idaho Conference this summer to develop leadership skills while exploring the intersection of faith and social justice. The nine young leaders and two mentors are working with Leroy Barber, director for congregational vitality for the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area Innovation and Vitality Team, over the next seven weeks to develop their leadership skills while working with United Methodist Churches to deepen their understanding of the ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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