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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

UMCOR West Depot seeking volunteers for spring, summer 2019

1/23/2019

UMCOR West Depot seeking volunteers for spring, summer 2019

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, UMCOR West Office and Depot seeks to be a vital part of the work and vision of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  As a part of UMCOR’s Relief Supplies division, UMCOR West builds, shelves, and distributes relief supplies to areas in the United States that have been affected by natural disasters.  In 2018, the UMCOR West Depot addressed floods, hurricanes and most notably fires that burned across the western U.S. As a result, the depot is...

Portland woman believes in Israeli-Palestine human rights observer program

1/15/2019

Portland woman believes in Israeli-Palestine human rights observer program

In 2013 Dee Poujade found herself visiting a village outside of the Palestinian city of Tulkarm listening to a female farmer bemoan her inability to get to her land on the other side of the Palestinian/Israeli wall – unable to earn a living. “Sometimes the soldiers came and let the people with permits cross; sometimes they didn't.  And sometimes, even with a permit, farmers were arbitrarily denied access to their land.  She just wanted me to hear her story - and to share it,” she said. Poujade...

Oregon voters’ guide to include Methodists’ opposition to Measure 105

10/10/2018

Oregon voters’ guide to include Methodists’ opposition to Measure 105

If Oregon voters didn’t know it before, come Oct. 10, all 2.6 million active, registered voters here will know where The United Methodist Church stands on the issue of immigration and creating safe sanctuaries in this state. The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church successfully gathered 800 signatures – when only 500 were required – in less than 10 days to put a statement of opposition against Oregon Measure 105 into the voters’ guide pamphlet, which will be mailed out to ...

African Leaders Come to Connect

9/25/2018

African Leaders Come to Connect

Bishop Catherine Mutua and Stanley Gitari from the Kenyan Methodist Church and Maua Methodist Hospital will be in Oregon to participate in jurisdictional Volunteer in Mission (VIM) training and meet with past and future VIM team members. Teams from the Oregon-Idaho Conference have been partnering with the Kenya Methodist Church since 2006 to work with Maua Methodist Hospital, build homes for AIDS/HIV orphan families, build school classrooms, provide computers, and support other medical and ...

Items being collected for UMCOR West Depot starting Oct. 15

9/19/2018

Items being collected for UMCOR West Depot starting Oct. 15

Starting October 15, local volunteer Steve Matthews will be traveling through Oregon and Idaho to pick up supplies to deliver to the United Methodist Committee on Relief west depot in Salt Lake City. Matthews will pick up supplies from collection point churches (listed below).   Churches are encouraged to collect supplies for the sewing room at the West Depot.   UMCOR West Depot coordinator Brian Diggs said the sewing room continues to be a vital part of the United Methodist mission in Utah ...

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