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Conference scholarships now available

1/15/2019

Conference scholarships now available

 Scholarships for higher education -- undergraduate, graduate, and seminary -- are available for members of The United Methodist Church through a variety of channels. There are many ways to qualify. Applicants for the two scholarships below must intend to be a full-time student and must have been a member of a United Methodist church within the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (or a baptized participant in a UM campus ministry or other UM ministry setting) for at least one year.  Applications for...

Wilshire Native American Fellowship Becomes Great Spirit UMC

10/24/2018

Wilshire Native American Fellowship Becomes Great Spirit UMC

When a name no longer fits the identity of a church, it may just have to change. This is what the people now called Great Spirit United Methodist Church, formerly Wilshire Native American Fellowship located at Wilshire United Methodist Church, have discovered and formalized in a naming ceremony during Sunday morning worship on October 7, 2018. While Great Spirit has a new name, it’s still located in the Wilshire neighborhood of northeast Portland. Reverend Allen Buck was appointed to Wilshire ...

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 ...

New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

10/2/2018

New Columbia District administrative assistant joins Conference staff

Brandon Rhodes has long been interested in churches reaching outside of the traditional building space to create intentional community. “A lot of religious change is happening. Some people see it as a threat and I see it as a fantastic opportunity,” he said. Rhodes, who holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in religious and future studies, said he loves the idea of churches transforming unused space into affordable housing or renting old church space out to local nonprofits. He was also...

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

9/12/2018

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

Montavilla United Methodist Church has decided to take church to the streets – well, the sidewalks at least – in its Portland neighborhood as a new way of reaching out to the community. The church recently installed 22 12-inch by 12-inch concrete pavers engraved with inspirational quotes that reflect how diversely the church defines Christianity. “We thought, ‘What would it look like to have 22 one-sentence sermons outside of the church?’” said Rev. Tim Winslea. Quotes such as: “Hope will ...

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

9/10/2018

WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan

On September 10 the Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet released the following message in support of the One Church Plan for The United Methodist Church. Here is their statement: Grace and peace in the name of Christ to the people called United Methodist of the Western Jurisdiction. We are the Mission Cabinet of the Western Jurisdiction, composed of your bishops, directors of connectional ministries, and leadership team chair. We speak to you out of a deep love for Christ and ...

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 ...

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

8/22/2018

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

A group of United Methodists from around the globe will take time to listen to one another for the next week.   “Listening with Open Hearts: Building Bridges and Deepening Relationships” will be held in Portland August 24 to 29. It will include representatives from Africa, the Philippines and Europe, and the United States in a time designed to engage participants in a global conversation to: provide an opportunity to share issues and concerns related to our various contexts, especially those ...

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 ...

Hillsboro First UMC brings "Common Good" to kids this summer

8/1/2018

Hillsboro First UMC brings

At Hillsboro First United Methodist Church they decided to do something “good” for a change with vacation bible school and youth in their community this summer. Instead of a week-long, Bible-lead, craft and song fest, church members decided it was time to fill a void in their community and opted to create a four-week “Camp Common Good” this summer. The camp is providing much-needed no cost childcare and learning opportunities to kids in their community – along with a little singing, crafting, ...

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