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Abundant Health: Appreciating the healing balm of simple outdoor recreation

4/22/2021

Abundant Health: Appreciating the healing balm of simple outdoor recreation

By Rebecca Warren “I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel” – Rachel Carson, author of “The Sense of Wonder” Exploring nature soothes our spirits, stimulates our minds, and even heals our bodies. Nature is not confined to national parks or vast landscapes but thrives outside our doorways. Face the wind, feel the warmth of the sun, bend to smell a flower, finger the soil, pluck and taste a homegrown ...

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

4/16/2021

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

Sometimes being a misfit in the church makes all the difference. For Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, director of innovation for an engaged church in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, being an innovator, entrepreneur and leader of color in an institution that needs disrupting, has earned him national recognition. He has been named one of five Tom Locke Innovative Leaders for 2021 by Wesleyan Investive (formerly the United Methodist Development Fund). The award recognizes five individuals who are ...

Tigard UMC creates digital hub for students

4/15/2021

Tigard UMC creates digital hub for students

It seems almost too easy to be a mission project amid a pandemic. But when it came to setting up a digital learning hub for students in the neighborhood, everyone at Tigard UMC can’t believe how easy it was to say “yes” to re-imagining how to use their church space and respond to a need in the community by supporting middle school students with online learning. “It’s one of the fastest-moving ideas we’ve had in our church,” said Samantha Harmon, chairperson of the Tigard UMC church council. Rev....

Abundant Health Focus: March is Disability Awareness month

3/18/2021

Abundant Health Focus: March is Disability Awareness month

Did you know The United Methodist Church has a nationwide Disability Ministries Committee? Their ministry website has a wealth of information and resources for learning about ways to include everyone in worship and activities, and useful articles for those just learning about “ableism.” As churches prepare to move toward more in-person gatherings, now is a good time to give some thought to how welcoming and accessible your planned events are for people of all abilities.  A great place to start ...

UMCOR Sunday 2021 holds special meaning for the GNW Area

3/18/2021

UMCOR Sunday 2021 holds special meaning for the GNW Area

Photo provided by Dana & Kathy Bryson. .   In the last year, disaster response coordinators from the Greater Northwest Area have had to call on the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for a wide range of support after devastating floods, then wildfires ravaged communities across conference boundaries – on top of a global pandemic.  “UMCOR has always been our strongest partners in response to natural disasters in the Greater Northwest Area,” said GNW Area Disaster Response ...

Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries offering “Trauma-Informed Care” class for GNW

3/11/2021

Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries offering “Trauma-Informed Care” class for GNW

Shauna Signorini, resilience and trauma educator. .     After the first year of dealing with COVID-19, many are eyeing the opportunity to climb out from under this cloud. As that happens, there is a growing awareness that the impact this pandemic has had on our lives – individually and collectively – is going to be with us for much longer than is currently known. To address the needs of staff who have suffered varying degrees of trauma, and to prepare us all for working with others, ...

Lay Servant Ministries course begins in April

2/26/2021

Lay Servant Ministries course begins in April

“Lay Servant Ministries: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs” will start April 13 and run through May 11 for anyone interested in participating from the Greater Northwest Area. The class will be taught by Rev. Dr. Scott Allen of Kuna UMC in Idaho and Oregon-Idaho Conference Sage District LSM Coordinator Carole Sullivan. The four-week course will be held via Zoom every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost of participation is simply the purchase of the book “The United Methodist Way, Living ...

Hunger Crop Walks adapt well during pandemic

2/25/2021

Hunger Crop Walks adapt well during pandemic

Judy Halverson and Debbie Mallis participated in the Boise Crop Walk during the pandemic/Photo provided by Debbie Mallis   Judy Halverson, a member of Hillview United Methodist Church in Boise has coordinated Hunger Crop Walks since 1987. In October of 2020, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic concerns, and realizing the growing strain on food pantries, she needed to reimagine the annual event to be safe for all participants.   What is a Hunger Crop Walk? Church World Service, an ...

Collister UMC’s “Turning Pages” lifts BIPOC voices in Boise

2/18/2021

Collister UMC’s “Turning Pages” lifts BIPOC voices in Boise

Videographers for the Turning Pages project in Boise record Fowzia Adan reading "The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family." Inspired by a Netflix series “Bookmarks” with famous celebrities of color reading books about people of color for children, Rev. Jenny Hirst – with the support of the ministry team at Collister United Methodist Church – set out to do something similar in Boise, Idaho. “It started with just me and my iPhone,” said Hirst, who is also a ...

Webb-Mitchell spends 3 years building LGBTQ+ advocacy in Oregon-Idaho Conference

2/15/2021

Webb-Mitchell spends 3 years building LGBTQ+ advocacy in Oregon-Idaho Conference

For three years, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell has been a dedicated, passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church. As funding for his position runs out, February marks his last month on the staff of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. “Brett has expanded our advocacy with LGBTQ+ siblings in the life of the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond,” said Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky. “He has led us forward on a path to becoming a more loving, more ...

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