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Laity retreat offers connection and inspiration

4/12/2018

Laity retreat offers connection and inspiration

In almost every conversation and survey with churches in the Columbia District and across the Oregon-Idaho Conference over the last two years it has become clear to district leaders that there needs to be more opportunities for spiritual growth of lay leaders in churches. After two years of dreaming and visioning, the “Light up the World” retreat is happening April 27-29 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Laity from across the Conference – not just the Columbia District – are encouraged to ...

Now hiring: Camps looking for summer staff

4/12/2018

Now hiring: Camps looking for summer staff

Imagine working next to pristine lakes, waking up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore, horses neighing in the field nearby and being surrounded by mountain trails and pine trees for a whole summer. It’s possible to experience all that, and more, working for Oregon-Idaho Camping and Retreat Ministries at one of the six camp and retreat centers in Oregon and Idaho this summer. With camping season a little over a month away, camp directors across the Oregon-Idaho Conference are still ...

Ministry discernment events offered across the Conference in May

4/5/2018

Ministry discernment events offered across the Conference in May

Have you been experiencing that slightly thrilling, somewhat uncomfortable feeling that just might be God nudging you to make a difference in the world? Do you know someone who you believe God is calling into some kind of ministry?  The opportunities to follow God’s call are many and varied, from lay preacher on Sunday morning to ordained addiction counselor on Saturday evening—and everything in between. A series of five events this spring will offer support and resources for persons who just ...

Public input needed on social principle revisions

4/2/2018

Public input needed on social principle revisions

The General Board of Church and Society is in the process of drafting a major revision of the social principles of the United Methodist Church and they are looking for review, comments and suggestions from every corner of Methodism – including the Oregon-Idaho Conference.  This is the first major revision since the 1968-1972 quadrennium which was necessitated by the merger of the Untied Brethren and the Methodist Episcopal churches. A draft of the proposed revisions for the social principles ...

Climate training happening in Ashland in May

3/28/2018

Climate training happening in Ashland in May

Time is short to apply for the upcoming Climate Training on May 1-3 at Ashland First United Methodist. Clergy and people of faith who are interested in climate issues and/or are active in their congregations are encouraged to apply by April 1st as space and reduced rate lodging is limited. The event brings together experts from across context spectrums from Alaska to California and includes Climate Speakers Network (a project of Climate Reality) staff, indigenous voices, hard science, grief ...

UMW starts 80-day Abundant Health journey around the world

3/28/2018

UMW starts 80-day Abundant Health journey around the world

 United Methodist Women are encouraging all in the Oregon-Idaho Conference to journey with them across the globe for the next 76 days. It’s only going to be a 24,000-mile journey. On Monday, UMW started its own fitness campaign for Abundant Health, encouraging folks to get miles and miles of exercise in each day over the following 80 days up until Annual Conference. Their fitness journey started in Astoria and will make its way across the globe to important and historic United Methodist Women ...

Embrace your voice: April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month

3/27/2018

Embrace your voice: April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month

The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: “See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.”  -- Micah 6:8    It seems that every week there is another story of sexual harassment, abuse, or assault at the top of the evening news or spreading across social media. We might feel like we are hearing too much, asked to feel more than we can handle, and process in the open what many have known for so long – sexual abuse and sexual harassment are ...

An Open Letter to Rev. Tom Lambrecht, member of the Commission on a Way Forward

3/21/2018

An Open Letter to Rev. Tom Lambrecht, member of the Commission on a Way Forward

An Open Letter To: Rev. Tom Lambrecht, member of the Commission on a Way Forward From: Elaine Stanovsky, bishop of the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church My heart is not at war. I am not using clergy and staff appointments to undermine the unity of the Church or the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. My heart was at peace when I appointed Rev. Kathleen Weber to my cabinet. It was at peace when I approved hiring Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell by the Oregon-Idaho Annual ...

New LGBTQ+ advocacy coordinator ready for spirits to be "stirred"

3/21/2018

New LGBTQ+ advocacy coordinator ready for spirits to be

There is no shortage of work for Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell, who just recently stepped into his part-time role as the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s LGBTQ+ advocacy coordinator for the next year. With the entire United Methodist Church on the precipice of change – or not – when it comes to the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals within the denomination, there’s plenty to accomplish in the next year. In addition to helping facilitate table talks on the Commission on a Way Forward discussions with ...

Greater Northwest Area invited to Table Talks to discuss a Way Forward for the UMC

3/6/2018

Greater Northwest Area invited to Table Talks to discuss a Way Forward for the UMC

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky leads communion for Table Talk Facilitators Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is inviting United Methodists in the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences to participate in Table Talk conversations on human sexuality, the upcoming report of the Commission on a Way Forward and special called session of the General Conference in February 2019. The conversations will be held in various settings across the Greater Northwest Area.   Early in March, 47 leaders from ...

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