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Oregon-Idaho Conference Commission on Religion and Race accepting grant applications, seeking new members

5/13/2021

Oregon-Idaho Conference Commission on Religion and Race accepting grant applications, seeking new members

As Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has outlined dismantling racism as one of the top missional priorities for the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, the Oregon-Idaho Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) is eager to help churches in those efforts. The grant application process is now open through Aug. 31 and churches that are working to dismantling racism through various efforts can apply. Commission co-chair, Rev. June Fothergill, is looking forward to churches telling their stories of ...

Wallowa UMC returned to the Nez Perce Tribe

4/30/2021

Wallowa UMC returned to the Nez Perce Tribe

WALLOWA, OR – Sitting on the ancestral grounds of the Nez Perce Tribe and after 144 years of faithful ministry to its community, Wallowa United Methodist Church was returned to the Nimiipuu in a ceremony of friendship, celebration and repentance on Thursday. The Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church handed over the keys to the church building and deed to the property in a ceremony that honored the friendship that exists between the church and Nez Perce community, while the ...

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

4/16/2021

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

Sometimes being a misfit in the church makes all the difference. For Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, director of innovation for an engaged church in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, being an innovator, entrepreneur and leader of color in an institution that needs disrupting, has earned him national recognition. He has been named one of five Tom Locke Innovative Leaders for 2021 by Wesleyan Investive (formerly the United Methodist Development Fund). The award recognizes five individuals who are ...

Webb-Mitchell spends 3 years building LGBTQ+ advocacy in Oregon-Idaho Conference

2/15/2021

Webb-Mitchell spends 3 years building LGBTQ+ advocacy in Oregon-Idaho Conference

For three years, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell has been a dedicated, passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church. As funding for his position runs out, February marks his last month on the staff of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. “Brett has expanded our advocacy with LGBTQ+ siblings in the life of the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond,” said Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky. “He has led us forward on a path to becoming a more loving, more ...

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

8/7/2020

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

BOISE – Building on their commitment to fight racism, leaders of First United Methodist Church of Boise (Cathedral of the Rockies) deconsecrated a stained-glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Friday before workers will remove it permanently soon.   The service of deconsecration and removal of the window is the latest step taken by members of the United Methodist congregation as they move forward in repenting of racism.   The stained-glass window was installed in the church...

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

5/26/2020

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

By Sally Blanchard Being a houseless youth is dangerous. For the approximately 500 without stable housing in Eugene/Springfield, it can mean long days with exposure to the streets that come with hunger, drug use, fear of assault and sexual assault.  Some feel the need to carry and sleep with a weapon like a knife or machete to protect themselves. Though young in years, they make adult decisions every day about how to survive. Day shelters around town and the public library used to offer relief...

Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

4/23/2020

Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

At a time when people in our communities need support, the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church is excited to launch Grocery Gift Cards for Families initiative in partnership with the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Cascades Presbytery. With a $100,000 grant from the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The UMC, $100,000 from the Cascades Presbytery and $25,000 in contribution so far from ELCA churches in the Oregon Synod, the goal is to respond to ...

Conference commits $100,000 to Grocery Gift Cards for Families

4/9/2020

Conference commits $100,000 to Grocery Gift Cards for Families

After a successful pilot program of approximately 300 grocery gift cards being distributed to low-income families in and around Portland, the Oregon-Idaho Conference Ministry Leadership Team is excited to offer a $100,000 grant to help churches get grocery gift cards into the hands of families across Oregon and Idaho. The launch of “Grocery Gift Cards for Families” is meant to inspire churches to identify and engage with people in their community to reach those most in need during the COVID-19 ...

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

4/2/2020

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

Written by Louise Kienzle, Oregon-Idaho UMVIM coordinator  Early in March, a team of 15 traveled to Tucson. This team included friends and new friends from Oregon and Tennessee. We spent a very busy 5-days learning about the real issues at the border, both in Tucson and Nogales.   I’ve been home for almost two-weeks now, but visions of what our team saw and words that we heard still resonate.   One meeting early in the week was with Rocio, a woman from Bolivia who spent 2 years and 1-month in ...

Hillsboro UMC community trading post becomes necessity for community

3/19/2020

Hillsboro UMC community trading post becomes necessity for community

For several years now, the Hillsboro United Methodist Church has operated a Community Trading Post in their building.  Stocking non-perishable food, hygiene items, blankets and clothing for men, women and children, the space operates on a take what you need, share what you can basis.  As the COVID-19 guidelines started, they realized they could no longer safely process clothing, so that part of the operation was temporarily suspended.  Next, as worship was canceled and moved online and group ...

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