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Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

2/27/2019

Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

Some people try giving up chocolate for Lent. Some people try letting go of anger or fears after their foreheads are dotted with Ashes at the beginning of the six-week holy season. But several Portland churches, spurred on by First United Methodist Church, will be attempting to care more for their planet by reducing their use of plastics during the season of Lent. “It’s a theological issue,” said Rev. Josh Kingsley, minister of discipleship from First UMC PDX. “We are in relationship with ...

Conference holding April summit to keep moving immigration issues forward

2/19/2019

Conference holding April summit to keep moving immigration issues forward

Photo by Paul Jeffrey. The Rev. Jorge Rodriguez, a United Methodist pastor, leads participants in song at a rally outside a federal detention center in Sheridan, Oregon. Participants protested the Trump administration's policy of separating parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. While some churches and faith communities in the Oregon-Idaho Conference are deeply embedded in immigration and migrant family support, others are just starting to dip their congregation’s toes ...

GC2020 Delegation Nominating Deadline Extended

2/18/2019

GC2020 Delegation Nominating Deadline Extended

Due to the timing of the 2019 Special Called General Conference, the deadline for submitting clergy or laity nominations for the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences has been extended until March 15. Those who wish to self-nominate simply need to send an email to the conference secretary (laura@umoi.org) before March 15. Clergy and laity are also invited to nominate up to five others; those who receive at least 10 nominations (along with those who self-nominate) will receive an invitation...

Special conference delegates want inclusive, unified denomination from GC2019

2/12/2019

Special conference delegates want inclusive, unified denomination from GC2019

The two women representing the Oregon-Idaho Conference at the special called General Conference session of The United Methodist Church later this month are no strangers to most in Oregon and Idaho. But Rev. Donna Pritchard, clergy delegate, and Jan Nelson, lay delegate, are feeling incredibly grateful, humbled and honored to represent the Conference and vote on the future of the denomination as it relates to human sexuality and inclusivity in the UMC. “This is a watershed moment for the ...

UMW takes on 150 book reading challenge

2/12/2019

UMW takes on 150 book reading challenge

The United Methodist Women of the Oregon-Idaho Conference are engaging their mind in abundant health efforts as they celebrate 150 years of  ministry to women  by reading 150 books by the end of March. Since January 1, the group has been aiming to read 150 books, collectively, until March 23 when the global United Methodist Women’s group celebrates 150 years. “With such reading and the understanding and mission, it leads to contribute to the well-being of our members and the mission fields ...

Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

2/5/2019

Holy Tamales: Churches' fundraiser aids local farm workers

Photos provided by Angie Kiblinger, Hillsboro UMC In the kitchen at Hillsboro United Methodist Church the week before the Super Bowl, things were humming along as volunteer after volunteer worked to make 3,000 tamales to be delivered to two churches in support of one mission: assisting local farmers. The tamale fundraiser is part of the WFWA winter survival campaign. The tamale-making takes a month to pull off with all WFWA members being volunteers, according to coordinator Leecia Anderson. ...

Interfaith advocacy day in Salem March 4

2/5/2019

Interfaith advocacy day in Salem March 4

Together with other faith-based organizations, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is inviting people of faith to participate in the Interfaith Advocacy Day 2019 on March 4 in Salem. Participants will be able to attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation regarding climate justice, criminal justice reform, gun violence prevent, health care, immigration and income inequality. After the workshops, participants will then march to the State Capitol where they will ...

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

2/5/2019

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

Meg Kau really loves working in human resources – just look at the coffee mug sitting on her desk. “I can’t keep calm, I’m in HR” it reads. Dig a little deeper when you talk to the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s newest human resources/benefits specialist and she’ll tell you one of her favorite, nerdy things about working in this field. “I love benefits,” she said. Kau comes to the Oregon-Idaho Conference after years spent as the human resources manager at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, ...

Churches across Conference supporting furloughed federal workers

1/23/2019

Churches across Conference supporting furloughed federal workers

When it comes to helping those in need, churches are quick to respond. So, when it came to federal workers being furloughed in several communities – living without a paycheck while the U.S. government remains shut down – churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference were already set up to help. “It was a really easy yes,” said Rev. Adam Briddell of First United Methodist Church Eugene. Briddell said the church was contacted by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association about ...

Training opportunity for churches on addressing mentally ill

1/23/2019

Training opportunity for churches on addressing mentally ill

Community resources are often scarce for people facing acute mental illnesses – and more frequently churches are becoming first responders in this crisis.   According to a survey recently conducted by the Oregon-Idaho Conference Abundant Health team, most clergy from the Conference indicated that while the interactions with the mentally ill have increased, but they don’t always know how to respond appropriately.   Pastor Tim Winslea of Montavilla UMC, also a registered nurse, is inviting clergy ...

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