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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 ...

Responding to suicide prevention in faith-based communities

9/12/2018

Responding to suicide prevention in faith-based communities

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-15. The Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has assembled an array of resources to help celebrate Faith.Hope.Life. Faith.Hope.Life is an opportunity for every faith community in the United States, regardless of creed, to focus on one Sabbath each year on the characteristics common to most faiths that also help prevent suicides. These characteristics are at ...

7 United Methodist clergy, faith leaders arrested in peaceful ICE protest in Portland

9/5/2018

7 United Methodist clergy, faith leaders arrested in peaceful ICE protest in Portland

Among the 22 people arrested during a peaceful protest on Thursday outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in downtown Portland were 7 faith leaders from the Oregon-Idaho Conference. In its last August of Action events, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) of Oregon held one last rally and sit-in at ICE offices to protest the continued detention of asylum-seekers at the Sheridan Federal Corrections Institution. IMIrJ worked with clergy leaders from various faith...

Progress made, but pressure still needed, on releasing detained asylum seekers in Oregon

8/29/2018

Progress made, but pressure still needed, on releasing detained asylum seekers in Oregon

 Since Oregon’s Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice’s (IMIrJ) began its August call-to-action protesting the continued detention of asylum-seekers in federal prison here, some positive steps have been made, but organizers say there’s still more work to be done. In weekly vigils/rallies/protests outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Portland in August, nine faith leaders from different denominations – including United Methodists – have been arrested so far ...

Call to Action: Signatures needed to help publish Oregon voter’s pamphlet statement

8/8/2018

Call to Action: Signatures needed to help publish Oregon voter’s pamphlet statement

The Immigration Task Force of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has been working to include a statement in opposition to Measure 105 in the Oregon Voters Pamphlet for November’s General Election. Measure 105 (Previously known as IP22), seeks to repeal Oregon’s 30 year old “sanctuary” law (ORS 181A.820). This statement will join similar ones from faith communities who support the existing legislation which defends against the racial profiling of immigrants. This ...

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 ...

New intern to assist Conference in immigration ministry, hospitality

8/1/2018

New intern to assist Conference in immigration ministry, hospitality

When Natalia Olivares and her family moved from Mexico to the United States when she was 5 years old, it was the United Methodist Church who showed them the greatest hospitality. Raised in Phoenix as her parents ministered to parishioners in the area as United Methodist pastors, the now 21-year-old music education student at Portland State University is excited to be giving back to the church by helping other immigrant and migrant families. She will serve as an intern for the Oregon-Idaho ...

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