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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...

Portsmouth Union gets to work on affordable housing project

8/15/2018

Portsmouth Union gets to work on affordable housing project

Portsmouth Union Church in the north Portland neighborhood looks right now – from the outside – like it’s in chaos. Last week, rubble from one-third of the building was strewn across the west side of the lot, there was some issue with the water, and two outhouses are now sitting on the east side parking lot. While it may look a mess, things are very much on the move for this church which has combined two separate denominations into one church family while also readying itself to tackle ...

Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

8/8/2018

Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

Corvallis First United Methodist Church pastor Barbara Nixon was one of three clergy from different faiths arrested outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office building in Portland during a peaceful protest on Tuesday. Nixon was detained by officers with Homeland Security and charged with two crimes, disobeying a federal officer and disrupting the peace on federal property. She was cited and released Tuesday afternoon. The arrests came as a result of clergy and other people of ...

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

6/15/2018

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

The spirit and vitality of the Oregon-Idaho Conference is alive and well, with several people earning special recognition for their ministerial efforts during Friday night’s awards ceremony. For her fearlessness in addressing the issue of immigration and speaking out on her own personal story as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, Yuni Rueda earned the Bishop’s Award from Bishop Elaine Stanovsky. Rueda reminds us why we are United Methodists, Stanovsky said as she took the ...

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

5/23/2018

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

Claudia Roberts would love for people to ask her for money – Peace with Justice money, that is. As the Peace with Justice coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, she said she’d like to see more people accessing this important resource when it comes to funding projects in churches and local communities that are working to bring about positive change and social justice. “We’re trying to help people,” Roberts said. “It seems like one of the best-kept secrets not just in Oregon-Idaho, but the...

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

5/17/2018

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

Sharon Thornberry was recognized as by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon with their Ecumenical Serve Award at a Benefit Dinner and Award Celebration held Wednesday, May 16 at the Benson Hotel. Thornberry is a member of The Dalles First United Methodist Church and works for the Oregon Food Bank as Rural Community Liaison.   The award was presented in recognition of her dedication and leadership to eliminate hunger and its root causes from Oregon’s communities. This has been shown not only in her ...

Oregon Food Bank names Bethlehem House of Bread 2017 Hunger Hero

11/9/2017

Oregon Food Bank names Bethlehem House of Bread 2017 Hunger Hero

By Sally Blanchard At the October 21 Oregon Food Bank donor event Bethlehem House of Bread (BHOB) in Tigard was named one of the four 2017 Hunger Heroes for their collaborative efforts to advocate on behalf of and with families and individuals who are facing hunger.   Linda Dove, center. Linda Dove, Pastoral Director of BHOB, was on hand to receive the Jerry Tippins Advocacy Award. She explains that in addition to continuing the food pantry, community garden, weekend backpack ...

Sewing machines hummed at Kit Kamp

11/9/2016

Sewing machines hummed at Kit Kamp

By Dee Poujade Sixteen women from the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference spent a glorious fall weekend at Camp Magruder sewing school bags and layette items for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot in Salt Lake City (UMCOR West).  It was the Conference’s second annual “Kit Kamp,” so named because the items made will find their way into some of the Depot’s seven “kits” that are used in disaster relief situations worldwide.   During the Thursday-Sunday event, the sewers made 130 ...

L.A.S.T. 2014: Jesus, Justice and Mercy

1/6/2015

L.A.S.T. 2014: Jesus, Justice and Mercy

2014 was a wonderful summer of ministry at L.A.S.T. (Learning and Serving Together). This mission program designed to link youth and young adults with service opportunities, helps participants connect their service to their faith. More than 200 people from 20 different churches traveled to the sites in Portland or Eugene, Oregon for one of the seven week-long summer mission trips. Rev. Jeff Lowery and his staff hosted church groups from Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  Each day youth were ...

KICK OUT THE ELF and REFILL THE SHELF

1/5/2015

KICK OUT THE ELF and REFILL THE SHELF

KICK OUT THE ELF and REFILL THE SHELF Food Drive   Last month was a very busy time for our food banks. So many families were fed through the generous giving of others! Now that the elf’s off the shelf, let’s refill it with food!   During the month of January, please bring your non-perishable food items to your United Methodist Church. Remember – when we feed the hungry, it’s Jesus Christ we feed. Can you find an extra jar of peanut butter or can of tuna? Can your family fast for one meal to feed...

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