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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 ...

Your Portal to the World: Now is the time to update your online presence

3/13/2019

Your Portal to the World: Now is the time to update your online presence

I know that in the wake of the outcome of General Conference last month many of you are hurting, wondering, questioning, and that the folks in your churches are doing the same thing. I know that people are leaving or thinking of leaving from both ends of the theological spectrum. A major disruption has occurred, the results will not be fully known for a while. If possible, encourage folks to remain calm and remain with you for now. Don’t promise anything except that things will become clearer as...

Greater NW churches respond to GC2019 with messages of frustration, apology and love

3/6/2019

Greater NW churches respond to GC2019 with messages of frustration, apology and love

As soon as Rev. Barbara Nixon saw the votes tallied at General Conference that would ensure that The United Methodist Church would re-affirm and double-down on the unequal treatment of LGBTQ people within the church, she was on the phone ordering a banner for Corvallis First UMC. The sign, which was posted in the church’s front yard later that evening, reads: “We denounce the immoral decision of the global United Methodist Church. We stand with LGBTQ persons unconditionally.” Corvallis has ...

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 ...

Nominations sought for 2020 General Conference delegates

1/23/2019

Nominations sought for 2020 General Conference delegates

Although the 2019 Special Called General Conference is still a month away, it is time now to start the process for electing our delegation to the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis (May 5-15, 2020). Delegates and Reserves will be elected during the 2019 Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference session in June.   The nominating procedure is similar for laity and clergy delegates. To self-nominate, simply send an email to the conference secretary, Laura Jaquith Bartlett. Laity and full-member clergy are...

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

8/22/2018

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

A group of United Methodists from around the globe will take time to listen to one another for the next week.   “Listening with Open Hearts: Building Bridges and Deepening Relationships” will be held in Portland August 24 to 29. It will include representatives from Africa, the Philippines and Europe, and the United States in a time designed to engage participants in a global conversation to: provide an opportunity to share issues and concerns related to our various contexts, especially those ...

Global Youth Convocation a ‘life-changing experience’ for local delegates

8/1/2018

Global Youth Convocation a ‘life-changing experience’ for local delegates

More than 10,000 miles from their homes, Global Youth Convocation participants from the Oregon-Idaho Conference said they found family and new purpose in Johannesburg, South Africa. “It’s hard to put into words,” said 18-year-old Caelyn Wooldridge. “They feel like family.” Wooldridge and recent Portland State University graduate Kylie Nelson represented the Oregon-Idaho Conference at the quadrennial United Methodist global youth gathering, travelling with several other delegates from the ...

Greater NW Table Talks bring curiosity, hope to human sexuality discussion

4/18/2018

Greater NW Table Talks bring curiosity, hope to human sexuality discussion

Some came curious. Some came concerned. Some were embarrassed. But they came and sat around tables on Saturday and Sunday in churches in Portland; Lewiston, Idaho; and Anchorage and began to talk. And listen. “I really didn’t know what to expect. It was kind of a last-minute thing that I decided to go along with my wife,” said David Rudawitz. He came on Sunday to Portland First United Methodist Church from Lake Oswego United Methodist Church to participate in the first round of Table Talks ...

Bishops name 32 commission members

10/26/2016

Bishops name 32 commission members

The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced the membership of the Commission on A Way Forward October 25, 2016. Oregon-Idaho's Rev. Donna Pritchard is on the list as is Bishop Grant Hagiya, formerly bishop of the Greater NW area. The Council of Bishops has announced the 32 United Methodists who will serve on the commission charged with bridging the denomination’s deep divisions on homosexuality and fostering church unity. “After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, bishops ...

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