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Learn tips for social justice and action in Boise Oct. 26

10/17/2019

Learn tips for social justice and action in Boise Oct. 26

Do you want to get involved in projects that help feed low income children in your community? Are you looking for a way to use your  skills to help survivors clean up after a winter storm or hurricane? Does the idea of traveling to Kenya to help people better access medical care excite you? Are you planning a mission trip and need information about insurance and best practice tips? If so, you need to be in Boise on Oct. 26 for the Crossing Boundaries: Celebrating 200 years of Missions event ...

Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

10/17/2019

Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

Sunnyside Community House in southeast Portland is teeming with community-minded ministries and even more outreach and worship opportunities, thanks to a partnership between the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality (IV) team and The Groves Church PDX. The Groves Church PDX moved in this summer and will be one of the primary tenants and manager of the Sunnyside Community House, which formed after Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church closed. “We were definitely interested in a ...

Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

10/3/2019

Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

Sometimes a church goes out looking for a mission project and the project chooses them. That’s been the case for Christ UMC Cedar Mill on the west edge of Portland, where the congregation has been actively engaged in conversations about how to best use church property to better help the community it serves – and that happens to be affordable housing for senior citizens. While researching options on affordable housing, Rev. Ric Shewell said the congregation learned the property they own ...

Twin Falls UMC sponsors Drag Queen Theology event

10/3/2019

Twin Falls UMC sponsors Drag Queen Theology event

In Twin Falls, there’s a growing pocket of progressives who are working to be more loving and more inclusive and Twin Falls United Methodist Church has been doing its part to support these conversations. Most recently it resulted in a Drag Queen Theology gathering at the local Yellow Brick Café. Local drag queens performed a show while also answering questions in a pub-style question and answer session with Oregon-Idaho Conference LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell last ...

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

9/18/2019

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

 What Matters Most?   Jesus proclaimed: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 How can we as United Methodists in Oregon and Idaho continue growing together toward the mission Jesus set out for himself and for us?   Abundant Health is the mission priority of United Methodist Global Ministries for 2017 – 2020.  The global goal is to reach at least one million children with health promoting measures by 2020.   In response to Jesus’ invitation to love our neighbor ...

Finding God’s grace while pregnant in handcuffs

8/28/2019

Finding God’s grace while pregnant in handcuffs

A year ago, I found myself sitting in a cell inside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Portland with tears of laughter and fear streaming down my face. I was seven-and-a-half months pregnant. I was sitting in a jail cell because I was accidentally swept up in an arrest of peaceful protesters taking part in civil disobedience for the sake of immigrant families. I wasn’t there to protest. I wasn’t there to make waves. I was simply there to take photos and tell the ...

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

8/13/2019

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

As more and more churches around Portland and in the Oregon-Idaho Conference seek ways to create affordable housing for their communities, a how-to guide has surfaced from two of Portland’s pastors leading the way. Revs. Julia Nielsen and Andy Goebel of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland have created a process guide for churches to use if they’re considering building affordable housing on church property. Portsmouth Union – formerly University Park UMC and St. Johns Community Church – ...

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

8/7/2019

Celebrations to highlight 200 years of mission, future church work

The United Methodist Church has been “on a mission” for more than 200 years and plans are underway in the Oregon-Idaho Conference to celebrate and reflect on where the church has been and where it’s headed this fall. In October, people in the Oregon-Idaho Conference will have the opportunity to participate in any one of the three special celebrations and workshops in the area to honor the 200th anniversary of the Global Missions program of The United Methodist Church, the 150th anniversary of ...

Registration still open for UMW's summer Mission u

7/10/2019

Registration still open for UMW's summer Mission u

It’s not too late to get signed up for a Mission u event in the Oregon-Idaho Conference this summer.   United Methodist Women have put together the classes and seminars on a wide range of issues in wide-ranging places for participants to learn, grow in their faith and increase fellowship. These classes are not just geared for UMW, either. Men are encouraged to attend.   “In attending Mission u people study difficult issues through faith lenses,” said Becky Warren, president of Oregon-Idaho UMW. ...

Oregon-Idaho Conference commissions queer clergy candidate

6/17/2019

Oregon-Idaho Conference commissions queer clergy candidate

In some ways Taylor Gould’s commissioning as a provisional elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference is a big deal; but in others it’s not. Gould, 26, identifies as bisexual/queer, and was one of six individuals commissioned and ordained Friday night in Eugene, Oregon. She’s will be the first queer person in the Conference to be a candidate for ministry under the new, more punitive rules for LGBTQ+ persons adopted at General Conference that will take effect in 2020. But she’s not the first openly ...

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