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Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

8/1/2019

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

Already in her work as the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, Laurie Day has learned what “other duties as assigned” really means in her job description. In just her second week in the office, Day found herself putting garbage bags over her legs and wading into a plumbing and sewer situation that temporarily shut down the office. “When you jump in with both feet you never know what you’re going to get into,” Day said with a laugh. “I appreciate the great team of ...

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

7/18/2019

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

I have been trapped in the clichéd, superficial, proposition based form of Christian religious life in North America for some time. I have also been familiar with Joseph Heller’s Catch­­­–22 for many years but it was not until a recent reading that I had an insight that provided me with a way out of this propositional, religious trap. The insight was that religious claims, as opposed to scientific or ethical claims, should be expressed only as Catch–22s because these paradoxes do not make ...

Help Needed with Friend Making

6/18/2019

Help Needed with Friend Making

A part of my work as a member of the Oregon-Idaho Cabinet is to work with the Common Table Project through Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. I want to share with you some of that work, and to ask your help with it. On Sunday June 2nd I co-authored an Op-Ed in The Oregonian titled “An antidote to hate crimes is deliberate ‘friend-making.’”  You can read it here.  As you will see, this is a faith-based movement to bridge the increasingly toxic political divide of our times by finding common ground...

Hope UMC remembered

6/6/2019

Hope UMC remembered

The following profile of the history of Hope United Methodist Church was written by pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen and shared as they celebrated a “history of love” with the closure of their beloved church in Drain, Oregon. It has been edited for presentation here.   In the mid-1800s dedicated Methodist circuit riders covered hundreds of miles on horseback and brought the good news of Jesus Christ to the pioneer families in the Yoncalla and Drain area. They held religious services and worked to serve...

Covenant UMC leaves Reedsport better after years of service

4/23/2019

Covenant UMC leaves Reedsport better after years of service

For more than 150 years the people of Covenant United Methodist Church in Reedsport have understood what it means to survive and thrive. According to longtime member Leo Naapi, Methodist Missionary Jason Lee made his first trip to the mouth of the Umpqua River and this patch of land touching the southeast corner of Oregon in 1838 and it wasn’t easy. “Jason Lee must have really liked the scenery,” said Naapi, who helped gather the church history. “He had to have a rowboat to get to the mouth of ...

Crater Lake assistant retiring after 17 years

12/13/2017

Crater Lake assistant retiring after 17 years

When Kay Burdick stepped into her position as administrative assistant for the Crater Lake District of the Oregon-Idaho Conference several years ago, she was hoping for a less stressful job. She had been working in a local attorney’s office and she was looking for a new environment. Note that she didn’t say working on behalf of the 43 churches that make up the Crater Lake District was less challenging than her previous job. “It’s a whole different atmosphere working together in this office ...

Bishop Crosses Threshold in Eugene

1/26/2017

Bishop Crosses Threshold in Eugene

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky spent Saturday, January 21 in Eugene, Oregon learning and connecting with people of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. This is the fifth of eight Threshold Events she is holding across the Greater Northwest Area. Stanovsky started her day by connecting with students and Wesley Foundation Board members from the University of Oregon. She was able to hear from students about their experiences in college and with the Wesley Foundation as well as express her support for this...

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