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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 ...

Responding to suicide prevention in faith-based communities

9/12/2018

Responding to suicide prevention in faith-based communities

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-15. The Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has assembled an array of resources to help celebrate Faith.Hope.Life. Faith.Hope.Life is an opportunity for every faith community in the United States, regardless of creed, to focus on one Sabbath each year on the characteristics common to most faiths that also help prevent suicides. These characteristics are at ...

7 United Methodist clergy, faith leaders arrested in peaceful ICE protest in Portland

9/5/2018

7 United Methodist clergy, faith leaders arrested in peaceful ICE protest in Portland

Among the 22 people arrested during a peaceful protest on Thursday outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in downtown Portland were 7 faith leaders from the Oregon-Idaho Conference. In its last August of Action events, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) of Oregon held one last rally and sit-in at ICE offices to protest the continued detention of asylum-seekers at the Sheridan Federal Corrections Institution. IMIrJ worked with clergy leaders from various faith...

Progress made, but pressure still needed, on releasing detained asylum seekers in Oregon

8/29/2018

Progress made, but pressure still needed, on releasing detained asylum seekers in Oregon

 Since Oregon’s Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice’s (IMIrJ) began its August call-to-action protesting the continued detention of asylum-seekers in federal prison here, some positive steps have been made, but organizers say there’s still more work to be done. In weekly vigils/rallies/protests outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Portland in August, nine faith leaders from different denominations – including United Methodists – have been arrested so far ...

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

8/22/2018

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

A group of United Methodists from around the globe will take time to listen to one another for the next week.   “Listening with Open Hearts: Building Bridges and Deepening Relationships” will be held in Portland August 24 to 29. It will include representatives from Africa, the Philippines and Europe, and the United States in a time designed to engage participants in a global conversation to: provide an opportunity to share issues and concerns related to our various contexts, especially those ...

Wilder girl creates animated video to help friends understand DACA

8/22/2018

Wilder girl creates animated video to help friends understand DACA

At just 13 years old, Sherlyn Rueda is doing her part to help her friends and classmates understand immigration issues. After her school in Wilder, Idaho, started an animation class, with urging from school officials, she got to work creating a short, child-friendly animated video to explain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which supports children who were brought to the U.S. illegally. Sherlyn and her siblings are all DACA recipients. “I wanted to help little kids of ...

Portsmouth Union gets to work on affordable housing project

8/15/2018

Portsmouth Union gets to work on affordable housing project

Portsmouth Union Church in the north Portland neighborhood looks right now – from the outside – like it’s in chaos. Last week, rubble from one-third of the building was strewn across the west side of the lot, there was some issue with the water, and two outhouses are now sitting on the east side parking lot. While it may look a mess, things are very much on the move for this church which has combined two separate denominations into one church family while also readying itself to tackle ...

Call to Action: Signatures needed to help publish Oregon voter’s pamphlet statement

8/8/2018

Call to Action: Signatures needed to help publish Oregon voter’s pamphlet statement

The Immigration Task Force of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has been working to include a statement in opposition to Measure 105 in the Oregon Voters Pamphlet for November’s General Election. Measure 105 (Previously known as IP22), seeks to repeal Oregon’s 30 year old “sanctuary” law (ORS 181A.820). This statement will join similar ones from faith communities who support the existing legislation which defends against the racial profiling of immigrants. This ...

Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

8/8/2018

Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

Corvallis First United Methodist Church pastor Barbara Nixon was one of three clergy from different faiths arrested outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office building in Portland during a peaceful protest on Tuesday. Nixon was detained by officers with Homeland Security and charged with two crimes, disobeying a federal officer and disrupting the peace on federal property. She was cited and released Tuesday afternoon. The arrests came as a result of clergy and other people of ...

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 ...

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