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Six new leaders ordained and commissioned on Friday

6/14/2019

Six new leaders ordained and commissioned on Friday

The six candidates for ordination and commissioning in the Oregon-Idaho Conference did not walk into Friday night’s worship service as individuals. Instead, this tight-knit group of clergy candidates have been meeting via Zoom calls and in person since February’s Special Called General Conference to discern their path, even as they answered the historic questions of faith and promised to uphold the Book of Discipline. “Initially, right after General Conference, I was questioning everything,” ...

Recommended candidates offer open letter to leaders and colleagues

5/23/2019

Recommended candidates offer open letter to leaders and colleagues

Six candidates for commissioning or ordination at the upcoming Annual Conference Session have offered a letter to church leaders and colleagues about their reaction to the decisions of the 2019 General Conference session and passage of the "Traditional Plan." They have asked their letter be shared as an open letter to the church at large: To Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, the Board of Ordained Ministries of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and clergy-colleagues of the Oregon-Idaho Annual ...

Pastors participate in Hood to Coast relay

5/8/2019

Pastors participate in Hood to Coast relay

Sometimes, when pastors get together, it’s not to preach, or even talk about preaching. Four clergy from the Columbia District and one of their spouses competed in the Hood to Coast Pacific City Race over the weekend and found themselves energized – when not exhausted – by the 78-mile experience. Revs. Erin Martin, Josh Kingsley, Eric Conklin, and Ric Shewell, along with Martin’s spouse Charlie Collier, all stepped up to run two legs of the race on Saturday. Their team name: “May the 4th be ...

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

4/15/2019

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

Elena Villarreal is an award-winning hunger hero at just 14 years old. But why wouldn’t she be after all the work she’s put into helping Bethlehem House of Bread, a United Methodist Ministry sponsored by the Tigard United Methodist Church. Bethlehem House of Bread started in 2013 in what was once Metzger UMC southwest of Portland. Elena has been volunteering her time at the food pantry and community center since she was in 5th grade as part of her Girl Scouts volunteerism. She’s working on ...

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 ...

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

2/27/2019

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

Written in dry erase marker on the window of Leroy Barber’s office of innovation and vitality at the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center is the phrase: “Innovation happens at the intersection of difference.” It’s a heady charge – getting United Methodists in the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond to consider a church that doesn’t just revolve around traditional worship spaces. This is why, after one year in his position with the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Barber has added a team of ...

UMW takes on 150 book reading challenge

2/12/2019

UMW takes on 150 book reading challenge

The United Methodist Women of the Oregon-Idaho Conference are engaging their mind in abundant health efforts as they celebrate 150 years of  ministry to women  by reading 150 books by the end of March. Since January 1, the group has been aiming to read 150 books, collectively, until March 23 when the global United Methodist Women’s group celebrates 150 years. “With such reading and the understanding and mission, it leads to contribute to the well-being of our members and the mission fields ...

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

2/5/2019

New HR and benefits specialist ready to get to work

Meg Kau really loves working in human resources – just look at the coffee mug sitting on her desk. “I can’t keep calm, I’m in HR” it reads. Dig a little deeper when you talk to the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s newest human resources/benefits specialist and she’ll tell you one of her favorite, nerdy things about working in this field. “I love benefits,” she said. Kau comes to the Oregon-Idaho Conference after years spent as the human resources manager at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, ...

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