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Israel: An Apartheid State

9/7/2022

Israel: An Apartheid State

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations have called Israel an “Apartheid State” for its numerous human rights violations against Palestinians.  Now the Oregon-Idaho Conference has joined them by passing a resolution at its most recent Annual Conference affirming that “apartheid is antithetical to the Gospel message.”  The resolution, which was submitted by the OR-ID Holy Land Task Force and Methodist Federation for Social Action, and passed by a 145-48 vote,  calls on ...

WakeUp Beaverton puts ministry into back-to-school action

8/31/2022

WakeUp Beaverton puts ministry into back-to-school action

Rev. Jefferson Chao is exhausted – but the kind of exhausted that comes from pouring your heart into your community.   He spent the last two weeks working with volunteers to distribute 5,000 backpacks to kids attending more than 50 different schools in Beaverton, Oregon, and he’s helped with the distribution of more than 50,000 pounds of food, COVID-19 vaccine clinics and more. That doesn’t count the months of work that went into making it all happen, either.   “The community is my church,” said...

Disaster kits in short supply across Oregon-Idaho Conference

7/27/2022

Disaster kits in short supply across Oregon-Idaho Conference

With wildfire season beginning across the west, the hope and prayer is always that everyone stays safe. But the reality is, our churches and communities need to be ready to respond. While – knock on wood – no fires are posing immediate threats to churches and communities across the Oregon-Idaho Conference this moment, interim disaster response coordinator Louise Kienzle is sounding the alarm bell for churches to start creating more disaster response kits as the supply is woefully low. If and ...

Abundant Health offering Virtual Health Fair through Feb. 10

1/14/2022

Abundant Health offering Virtual Health Fair through Feb. 10

Together, Abundant Health teams across the Greater Northwest Area are offering a five-week Virtual Health Fair for anyone interested. The one-hour classes will focus on holy health, Tai Chi, meditation, and prayer as methods of improving overall health. The classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 13 and run through February 10, 2022. Classes start at 5 p.m. Alaska Time, 6 p.m. PDT and 7 p.m. MST with guest presenters in each of the areas. Register for the classes here. If you have any questions, ...

Churches can apply for OHA grants to address public health needs in Oregon

12/21/2021

Churches can apply for OHA grants to address public health needs in Oregon

 The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has released a request for grant applications from community and faith-based organizations that are partnering – or are willing to partner with – marginalized communities within Oregon to help the OHA reach its strategic goal to eliminate health inequities by 2030. Specifically, OHA names the need for community-based and faith-based organizations who will work with: communities of color, tribal communities, disability communities, immigrant and refugee ...

Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday and beyond.

11/24/2021

Abundant Health Team recommends missions and ministry giving for Giving Tuesday and beyond.

Giving Tuesday is November 30 this year. It began in 2012 in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage people everywhere to give generously to non-profits who serve others, improving lives around the world. The Oregon-Idaho Abundant Health Team recommends several giving opportunities within our United Methodist denomination for consideration. At the top of the list this year is the new Advance (#3022671), Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic. It is so ...

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

11/24/2021

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.” – Matthew 5: 14-16 Join us this Advent season as we journey to the manger by celebrating the laity in the Oregon-Idaho Conference who light up this world! Each day of Advent, beginning this ...

Tips for Self-Care, August 2021

8/5/2021

Tips for Self-Care, August 2021

  By Marilyn Reid, PNW member and member of the GNW Abundant Health Team Self-Care Self-care is something you can practice each day. It can help your personal growth and path to emotional wellness. These activities can be as simple as taking a walk or eating your favorite food for lunch. As much as you want to practice self-care, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Maybe the activities you’ve been doing to help yourself feel tired or boring. The good news is that there are many ...

Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

4/23/2020

Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

At a time when people in our communities need support, the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church is excited to launch Grocery Gift Cards for Families initiative in partnership with the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Cascades Presbytery. With a $100,000 grant from the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The UMC, $100,000 from the Cascades Presbytery and $25,000 in contribution so far from ELCA churches in the Oregon Synod, the goal is to respond to ...

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

4/2/2020

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

Written by Louise Kienzle, Oregon-Idaho UMVIM coordinator  Early in March, a team of 15 traveled to Tucson. This team included friends and new friends from Oregon and Tennessee. We spent a very busy 5-days learning about the real issues at the border, both in Tucson and Nogales.   I’ve been home for almost two-weeks now, but visions of what our team saw and words that we heard still resonate.   One meeting early in the week was with Rocio, a woman from Bolivia who spent 2 years and 1-month in ...

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