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Safe Sanctuaries training available at Annual Conference

5/8/2019

Safe Sanctuaries training available at Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Safe Sanctuaries team, a half-day training is open to everyone attending Annual Conference and others interested in learning more about safe sanctuaries and abuse prevention. The training will be held Wednesday, June 12, from 9 am to noon at the Wesley Community Center on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. This training is an opportunity for individuals and churches to: Learn more about how Safe Sanctuaries is an important and integral part of your church’s ministry ...

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 ...

Greathouse to retire as Mission & Ministry Coordinator

1/28/2019

Greathouse to retire as Mission & Ministry Coordinator

Rev. Lowell Greathouse speaks to the 2017 Annual Conference session. (Patrick Scriven photo) Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference has announced his intention to retire at the end of the conference year, effective June 30, 2019. Greathouse has served in this role full-time since 2015. He has been a member of the cabinet since 2010 and was previously the Columbia District Superintendent.  In his 30-plus years of ministry service,...

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...

Finance officer brings wealth of experiences

3/30/2016

Finance officer brings wealth of experiences

Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey When Rev. Dan Wilson-Fey takes over as the new Conference Treasurer and Pension and Health Benefits Officer in June, he will be able to say that he knows the Oregon-Idaho Conference.  He was born in Oregon and grew up in Beaverton, Tigard and Albany. Serving churches in all four conference districts, on the Board of Ordained Ministry, and as an international missionary have given him a wealth of experiences. Wilson-Fey has spent 24 years in service to Oregon and Idaho ...

Lay Ministry Training offers skills and perspective

9/23/2015

Lay Ministry Training offers skills and perspective

Forty lay people from across the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area gathered for the first session of the five-part Certified Lay Ministers training course. Introduction to Ministry provided an overview of ministry with information on Wesleyan theology, preaching, administering the local church, and pastoral care. As part of the training, participants prepared a seven to ten minute sermon or message for critique by a small group of other participants. Dale Cockrum interacts with the CLM students....

Portland interns connect church to community

7/1/2015

Portland interns connect church to community

Every summer since 2011, Portland’s First United Methodist Church has been sponsoring two young students from their community as interns in local non-profit organizations. This program, funded by the Greathouse Internship Endowment Fund, was created by the congregation as a thank you to Rev. Lowell Greathouse, their associate pastor for four years. In addition to work experience, the internship is intended to continue the church’s involvement outside the church’s walls. The purpose of the ...

What is a Lay Servant?

4/13/2015

What is a Lay Servant?

A Lay Servant is, first of all, a lay person – a lay person who feels a calling to be a leader in their home congregation and sometimes in the wider church community. A Lay Servant is trained in leadership skills through classes offered at different times and places throughout the conference. Everyone who wishes to explore becoming a Lay Servant must take the Basic Lay Servant Class to begin.  After that, he or she may choose from many different advanced classes to continue that training. ...

Rev. Erin Martin to Lead Columbia District

1/26/2015

Rev. Erin Martin to Lead Columbia District

Bishop Grant Hagiya has announced his intention to appoint the Rev. Erin Martin to the position of District Superintendent for the Columbia District.   Martin currently serves as the Pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon. She came to Wesley first for one year as a Christian Education Director and then as Pastor since 2009, when she transferred her membership from the North Carolina Conference.   Martin’s appointment will be effective July 1, 2015, but she has already started...

Order of Elders at Alton Collins Retreat Center, October 2014

10/23/2014

Order of Elders at Alton Collins Retreat Center, October 2014

 By Rev. Brian Shimer, on behalf of the Order of Elders The Order of Elders Gathering at Alton Collins in October was a refreshing gift for the Elders in this Annual Conference as it invited us to take steps into deeper relationships.  Led by Co-Chairs of the Order Rev. Todd Bartlett and Rev. Dr. Kate Conolly, the midweek gathering began after a great Alton Collins’ dinner, with viewing a TED talk called “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brené Brown. After this both Kate and Todd modeled their ...

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