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What exactly is ZeroTheology?

7/18/2019

What exactly is ZeroTheology?

I have been trapped in the clichéd, superficial, proposition based form of Christian religious life in North America for some time. I have also been familiar with Joseph Heller’s Catch­­­–22 for many years but it was not until a recent reading that I had an insight that provided me with a way out of this propositional, religious trap. The insight was that religious claims, as opposed to scientific or ethical claims, should be expressed only as Catch–22s because these paradoxes do not make ...

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

6/26/2019

Summer interns serving communities across Greater NW

This year the Greater NW Area Innovation Vitality team has expanded its summer internship program to different cities throughout the region. Young leaders of color are getting the chance to develop leadership skills while exploring the intersection of faith and social justice in various community settings. This summer, instead of being based in the Portland area, the group will expand to Boise, Salem, Tacoma and Seattle. Read the profiles written by the individuals chosen to be leaders and ...

Bishop's address calls for more love, blessing, salvation

6/13/2019

Bishop's address calls for more love, blessing, salvation

In this CrossOver year where the United Methodist Church has been discerning whether to stay together or split apart, Greater Northwest Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky knows the church isn’t going to be the same. “General Conference (2019) sought to chart this new way forward,” she said in her opening episcopal address. “But it may turn out to be a tipping point that tears us in two.” Since that gathering in February, she said she’s heard from people at every point along the spectrum who feel ...

Medicine Crow, Newman UMC highlighted at awards banquet

6/13/2019

Medicine Crow, Newman UMC highlighted at awards banquet

Because of his clear demonstration to everyone on repentance, and his many years of service to Native American Ministries, Duane Medicine Crow earned the Bishop’s Award for 2019, which was presented during Thursday night’s awards banquet. "I did not see this coming. I am really overwhelmed," Medicine Crow said. "I didn't realize what a marvelous fellow I am." Medicine Crow, who has been active in the Conference since moving to Salem to be with his daughter in 2006 and joining Morningside ...

Town Hall tackles tough topic of church future

6/13/2019

Town Hall tackles tough topic of church future

Annual Conference members got the sense that something new is being birthed from the brokenness caused by General Conference 2019, but what that baby will look like remains to be seen. At least, that’s how Rev. Jeannine Knepper phrased it during Thursday’s town hall discussion when different representatives gathered at the front of the plenary room to answer questions formed by different Table Talk groups and also included questions from the crowd. Panelists were asked to tell the truth about ...

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 ...

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

5/22/2019

Ministry marketplace open for 'business' at Annual Conference

Learn about Reconciling Ministries, Peace with Justice or "Go Nuts for Jesus" at the Ministry Marketplace being held during the Annual Conference session in Eugene. The Ministry Marketplace will be located in the convention center lobby of the Hotel Eugene, where the Annual Conference sessions will be held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday morning, June 15. There are more than 20 vendors available to provide participants and visitors with all sorts of interesting information. “The Ministry ...

Abundant Health ministry continues to expand across Conference

5/15/2019

Abundant Health ministry continues to expand across Conference

In its first year with an official staff person, the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s Abundant Health ministry has made a great deal of progress in getting people and churches connected to the concept of mental, physical and spiritual health – but more work lies ahead. More than 40 churches across the Conference have signed on as participants in the initiative, according to Abundant Health Coordinator Marshall Wattman-Turner. “Our goal is to create a network of United Methodist members and ...

Claremont School of Theology signs affiliation agreement with Willamette University in Salem

5/8/2019

Claremont School of Theology signs affiliation agreement with Willamette University in Salem

CLAREMONT, CA— It is with pleasure and excitement that we announce that the Boards of Trustees at both Willamette University and Claremont School of Theology have jointly approved an affiliation agreement, the next and critical step towards a shared future. This formal affiliation agreement brings together two institutions that share a common mission to educate students and prepare them for lives that contribute to and transform their communities. Willamette seeks to be the Northwest’s premier...

Idaho native to fill DCM position

4/24/2019

Idaho native to fill DCM position

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has announced the selection of Laurie Day as new Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop for the Oregon-Idaho Conference.   Day will be known to many in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. She grew up in Caldwell, Idaho and the Caldwell United Methodist Church, was a camper, counselor and staff member at Sawtooth Camp, and attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.   Currently, she serves as the Director of Community and Congregational Engagement...

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