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Nelson to retire as Oregon-Idaho Communications Director

4/16/2019

Nelson to retire as Oregon-Idaho Communications Director

After 11 years as Director of Communications for the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference, Greg Nelson has announced his intention to retire July 11. Nelson came to this post with the Conference after having spent 25 years serving with Chemeketa Community College and the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library System. But he has dedicated his life to serving the Oregon-Idaho Conference as a volunteer, then a staff member, in numerous capacities. “It was a chance to connect what I was ...

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

4/4/2019

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

We the, Oregon-Idaho Board of Ordained Ministry, believe that in light of the decisions of the 2019 General Conference this is a crucial time to declare how we operate in our work with those called by God into ordained ministry. Because we have been a Reconciling Conference since 1996, because we have seen the gifts and graces for ministry in LGBTQ persons and have seen these same gifts too often denied, and because we hope to help lead change in our denomination’s policy regarding LGBTQ ...

Rupert food pantry offers community meals; second chances

4/3/2019

Rupert food pantry offers community meals; second chances

For nearly two years, Edwina “Wendy” Kent came to the Open Hearts Food Pantry at Rupert United Methodist Church to keep her own pantry stocked and her stomach full. Having called this small town in Idaho’s Magic Valley home for nearly 14 years, Kent found herself needing more support in September when she found herself in a little bit of trouble with the law. Little did she know the Rupert Food Pantry would be her saving grace. “I liked the people at the church, and I like to see the families ...

Agencies affiliated with UMC begin responding to GC2019 fallout

3/13/2019

Agencies affiliated with UMC begin responding to GC2019 fallout

Before and after the votes were tallied at the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, agencies and organizations affiliated with the church were quick to share their opinion and desire to distance themselves from the damage they think the Traditional Plan will inflict on the future of United Methodism, while others are still pondering. “My heart grieves for my Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) siblings who experienced ...

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

2/27/2019

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

Written in dry erase marker on the window of Leroy Barber’s office of innovation and vitality at the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center is the phrase: “Innovation happens at the intersection of difference.” It’s a heady charge – getting United Methodists in the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond to consider a church that doesn’t just revolve around traditional worship spaces. This is why, after one year in his position with the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Barber has added a team of ...

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 ...

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