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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.  ...

'Anatomy of Peace' speaker to address Annual Conference

5/30/2018

'Anatomy of Peace' speaker to address Annual Conference

In addition to the business of Annual Conference, members and guests will participate in a discussion on peace when they gather in Boise June 13-16. Rev. Dr. Brian Brown will be a guest speaker during Annual Conference, leading large group discussions based off of the book “Anatomy of Peace” by the Arbinger Institute. “Anatomy of Peace” is recommended reading from the Council of Bishops, Commission on a Way Forward and other groups as the United Methodist Church is poised to vote on the issue ...

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

5/30/2018

After 140 years of faithful service, Weston UMC closes its doors

Today, few would probably bat an eye at a young widow going to work in a local tavern to support her child. But in 1951 Elnora Baker had little education, was new to Weston, Oregon, and in need of a job. Her husband had died during World War II, and although she moved in with her sister, Baker had a seven-year-old son to think about, so she took that job. She tried finding a church home, too, but found a couple of congregations had no interest in a bar maiden worshipping with them. That is, of...

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

5/30/2018

Special offering on Thursday of AC for Kenya

During Thursday’s commissioning service at Boise First UMC during Annual Conference, a special offering will be taken to support the work the Oregon-Idaho Conference has engaged in with partners in health in Kenya. This offering will go to the Maua Methodist Hospital, where a number of Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) teams have visited in there past. The specific program being supporting through this special offering for Maua is a new program called Surgical Access ...

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

5/23/2018

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

Claudia Roberts would love for people to ask her for money – Peace with Justice money, that is. As the Peace with Justice coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, she said she’d like to see more people accessing this important resource when it comes to funding projects in churches and local communities that are working to bring about positive change and social justice. “We’re trying to help people,” Roberts said. “It seems like one of the best-kept secrets not just in Oregon-Idaho, but the...

Ontario FUMC to close its doors, remain a family

5/23/2018

Ontario FUMC to close its doors, remain a family

What would be considered unconventional evangelism techniques today somehow worked in 1963 to get Don and Jo Hicks in the door of Ontario First United Methodist Church. Jo Hicks said the couple was “called on” by Rev. Tom Foster not long after they arrived in Ontario. They were somewhat-surprised by the quick reach of the pastor, until they learned every month he would call the power company to find out who was new in town. “They probably don’t do that anymore,” Hicks said, but they’ve stuck ...

Many churches already practice 'abundant health' ministry

5/2/2018

Many churches already practice 'abundant health' ministry

Though the term “abundant health” might be new to churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, survey results show the work being put into abundant health ministries is well understood. Abundant Health is an initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, working to bring better health to people in every place. The four focus areas are: active living, healthy eating/nutrition, mental health and drug and tobacco prevention. The Oregon-Idaho Conference is taking ...

Greater NW Table Talks bring curiosity, hope to human sexuality discussion

4/18/2018

Greater NW Table Talks bring curiosity, hope to human sexuality discussion

Some came curious. Some came concerned. Some were embarrassed. But they came and sat around tables on Saturday and Sunday in churches in Portland; Lewiston, Idaho; and Anchorage and began to talk. And listen. “I really didn’t know what to expect. It was kind of a last-minute thing that I decided to go along with my wife,” said David Rudawitz. He came on Sunday to Portland First United Methodist Church from Lake Oswego United Methodist Church to participate in the first round of Table Talks ...

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