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United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Following the 2019 Special Session General Conference, I think it is essential to affirm an inclusive community. As Conference President of United Methodist Women Oregon-Idaho, I echo the statement by the Rev. Donna Pritchard, chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team and member of the Special Commission for A Way Forward. Excerpts from her statement include:
"We have long appreciated the richness of the global diversity of our United Methodist Church and have embraced opportunities to join with you all in the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world
....we in the West have been functioning for years as One Church committed to full inclusion, seeking to be a home for all God’s people....we worship a God who tells us that the body of Christ has many parts, all equally valued. Rooted in Wesleyan tradition, grounded in Scripture and committed to mission and ministry, the Western Jurisdiction intends to continue to be one church, fully inclusive and open to all God’s children, across the theological and social spectrum....We know from experience we are stronger when we live together as progressives, traditionalists and centrists in our Church."
She notes that the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction will meet in two weeks and will not move from this stand. "...We are not leaving, and we are not changing."
For 150 years United Methodist Women have worked for inclusion, affirming the sacred worth of each individual. We shall continue that work, pray for the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction, and discern a way forward for United Methodist Women in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, for our sisters in faith across the United States, and for our missions that encircle the globe.
Becky Warren, Conference President
Mission u 2019
Mission u is fast approaching! Have you made note of it? Do you plan to attend? I hope so because this will be very a special Mission u.
Your study leaders – Evelyn Erbele and Carole Sullivan for “Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship,” Rochelle Killette for “What About Our Money?” and Lory Neser for “Women United for Change,” have been working hard. They’ve each put in many hours of reading and study to bring you the best that each class has to offer and to stretch you intellectually and spiritually. The church locations for each Mission u are excited and looking forward to hosting you and showing you radical hospitality.
2019 Dates and Locations are:
- Boise First UMC, Boise, ID - July 12-13
- Lake Oswego UMC, Lake Oswego, OR – July 19-20
- Roseburg UMC, Roseburg, OR - August 2-3
- Burley UMC, Burley, ID - August 9-10
All Mission u schools begin at 12:30pm Friday & end at 4:30pm on Saturday
Registration: We are currently working to get the registration on-line. If you’d like to register with a paper registration and check, you can download and print the registration form HERE. The registration fee for this year is $80 and covers dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday, but no lodging.
A NOTE OF IMPORTANCE: You will need to order your study books ahead of Mission u. No study books will be available for sale during Mission u due to a change in policy by the Mission Resource Center. You may order Kindle versions through Amazon at www.amazon.com or paper versions through the Mission Resource Center at http://www.umwresourcecenter.org.
For more detailed information, go to the Mission u page on this website.
Deadline extended to May 1, 2019
The Charter for Racial Justice Committee of the Oregon-Idaho Conference United Methodist Women is seeking nominees for the annual Racial Justice Award and applications for the Isobel F. Zimmerman Grant Program.
The Charter for Racial Justice Award is given annually to persons/groups of the United Methodist Church within the boundaries of the Oregon-Idaho Conference who advocate for racial justice in their communities and who recognize that racial justice is a biblical, leadership, community, and public policy issue."
The Zimmerman Grant Program distributes grant monies to programs directed toward leadership development of Native Americans or African Americans (with preference for funding awarded to programs within the Oregon-Idaho Conference), or in support of a Foreign Mission Project supported by United Methodist Women.
The nomination/application deadline for both the award and grant program has been extended to May 1, 2019.
Applications for the 2019/2020 Gertrude Boyd Crane Scholarship are now available. Go to: https://www.umoi.org/cranescholarship
The 2018 Gertrude Boyd Crane Scholarship for $2,100 was awarded to MiKyung Park as she pursues a Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
The two recipients of Zimmerman Grants reflect the grant’s purpose of leadership development of Native American or African American programs.
The Rev. Allen Buck wrote, “We exceeded our goals and more than half of the 33 kids were not connected to any faith community. They were new to us.... We appreciate the United Methodist Women for helping make it possible.”
The second recipient is a Cross Culture through the Woodlawn Multicultural Impact Collective to provide funds to compensate an African-American pastoral intern.
Charter for Racial Justice Awards
Three recipients recently received the 2018 Charter for Racial Justice Award from United Methodist Women, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Two were presented at Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference in June, and the third later. “To live the Charter is to recognize that Racial Justice is a biblical, leadership, community, and public policy issue.”
One recipient was the Rev. Linda Tucker, Medford UMC, Medford, OR. Rev. Tucker has confronted inappropriate and unjust racist behavior and acted as a witness to the belief that all children, “no matter what their race,” are loved by God.
A second recipient was the Rev. Adam Briddell from First UMC, Eugene, OR. Rev. Briddell works tirelessly with community leaders to eradicate the root causes of racism - including racism that results in homelessness and violence against women. He is involved in the Sanctuary movement, encourages the church community to participate in local marches, and through his work with the congregation’s Covenant Council, and support groups and in his sermons, to quote the letter of nomination, “leads us in how to use our feet and our voices to bring about a safer, more just world for all.”
On Sunday, July 29, at Wilshire United Methodist Church Native American Fellowship, Trish Jordan received the third Charter for Racial Justice Award. Eighteen years ago Trish Jordan began her work in religious services with the Oregon Department of Corrections and saw the need to advocate for Native American women who are entangled within the criminal justice system. Discerning the need for non-profit advocacy, she brought the organization, Red Lodge Transition Services, into a 501(c)(3) status in 2007. Trish currently serves as the Executive Director.
Red Lodge Transition Services (RLTS) provides “authentic cultural programming” in 11 out of 14 Oregon State prisons and one jail, serving over 800 individuals -- women and men -- each year. One aspect of it is the prison art program where Native American artists are featured on calendars, cards, and prints.
Red Lodge Transition Center for Women opened in Oregon City in 2017. Through a holistic, Native-led grass roots curriculum that promotes “wholesome values, and responsible earth practices,” women examine issues including identity and values, survival skills, financial management, healthy relationships, goal setting, and healthy eating/cooking.
Upon receiving the award, Trish Jordan expressed gratitude for the support Wilshire UMC-Native American Fellowship has demonstrated over the years with its clothes closet for women leaving prison; for United Methodist Women and their District-wide backpack/luggage drive filled with clothes and necessities and provided to women leaving prison; and to United Methodist Women Oregon-Idaho who provided RLTS with its first grant -- $500.
Featured in the photograph: Roz Collins, Program Advisory Group; Trish Jordan, Award Recipient; and Becky Warren, Conference President, United Methodist Women.
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