United Methodist Women


Our Purpose

    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.


...”I submitted to be more vile,” John Wesley wrote in his Journal on April 2, 1739. This resolve seems unlikely coming from a religious leader, but viewed contextually the sentiment reflects Wesley’s ardent faith and independent spirit. At that time social strictures looked down upon outdoor preaching but Wesley balked at the criticism declaring, “[I] proclaimed in the highway the glad tidings of salvation, speaking from a little eminence in a ground adjoining to the city, to about three thousand people.”

While the definition of “vile” includes morally base or evil; depraved; mean -- said of conditions, situations, etc., Wesley’s resolution flew in the face of what was considered acceptable, effective, or holy. Preaching was to come from the pulpit, a perch above the pews -- not outdoors where the poor trod, distraction lurked, the masses gathered, and diseases bred indiscriminately.

This is my revelation: United Methodist Women do need to follow in Wesley’s proverbial footsteps and “be more vile.” Refusing to be bound by senseless expectations and regulations, we venture to those “little eminences,” organizing for mission in mean conditions, depraved situations, and vilifying circumstances ...  

Until poverty, violence, inequality, racism, preventable deaths cease,

until women and children are no longer marginalized,

until we live in a world in which all thrive.  

Join us!

Becky Warren, Conference President

Nurturing Our Minds - A Challenge for the New Year


In 2018 United Methodist Women in the Oregon-Idaho Conference logged over 25,000 miles in their collective effort to celebrate the physical challenge in the Abundant Health Initiative’s call to nurture the “Body, Mind, and Spirit”. And now we turn our attention to the Mind.

From January 1, 2019 until our 150th Birthday on March 23, 2019 we shall aim to read 150 books from the Reading Program from the years 2014 to 2019. We shall be nurturing our minds by reading the interesting, enlightening, and widely varied books in the United Methodist Women Reading Program. This is a conference-wide challenge supported by your Leadership Team; it is not a district competition.

As you finish a book, share its title with your unit or district Program Resource Manager who, in turn, will share the titles with the Conference Program Resource Managers. The total read will be posted weekly on Facebook.

The list of books from 2014 through 2019, arranged according to the categories of Education for Mission, Leadership Development, etc. can be downloaded HERE.

These cold, dark days of winter provide time for reading and reflection — mindful work. So, on your mark, get set….READ.


We voted, but that's not the end of the story!


Idaho United Methodist Women Legislative Event February 24-25, 2019

Excitement builds for the United Methodist Women Legislative Event, February 24- 25, 2019 in Boise, sponsored by the Oregon-Idaho Conference of United Methodist Women. 

Idaho voters approved the expansion of Medicaid in Idaho by a wide margin.  Sage District United Methodist Women have adopted Maternal and Child Health as the focus of our social justice efforts, so our question is:  how do we proceed to help ensure the expanded Medicaid program is properly funded and implemented? 

Local advocates will be speaking at the Sunday seminars, beginning with District 18 Representative Ilana Rubel at 3:30. Rep. Rubel will explain what is happening in the Idaho legislature to fund the Medicaid expansion.   She will also address the status of the bill to repeal the religious exemption for parents who withhold life-saving medical care for their children. 

With all the attention on healthcare this year, we don’t want to forget education.  Rod Gramer of Idaho Business Education will review pending legislation to fund and promote education in Idaho.
Monday, the 25th, attendees will have the opportunity to have a guided tour of the capitol, sit in on committee meetings, and have lunch with legislators who welcome a lively exchange of ideas. 

Register and join us!  Invite a friend or two - and they don't have to be a member of United Methodist Women to attend.  Everyone is welcome!  Download the rest of the information and the registration form HERE



Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women are sponsors of this event and have participated in the planning of it.  The workshops cover our 4 Social Action priorities, and will help us be better equipped to turn our faith, hope and love into action.


There is strength in knowledge and strength in numbers! Join with others of diverse faiths from around the state for “Raising Diverse Voices of Faith to Strengthen Oregon Communities.”

We make it easy for you! Attend issue briefings and workshops on advocating for compassionate legislation on climate, criminal justice, health care, housing, hunger and immigration. Then join in a march to the State Capitol, where we will make our faith voice heard in meetings with our state legislators. We provide talking points and make all necessary appointments for you.

Together we can build a just, inclusive and hope-filled future for all Oregonians.

Monday, March 4

9 am to 4 pm (check-in opens at 7:45 am).

Salem, Oregon

Registration & Morning Session

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR

Afternoon Session

Oregon State Capitol, Salem, OR




Applications for the 2019/2020 Gertrude Boyd Crane Scholarship are now available.  Go to:  https://www.umoi.org/cranescholarship


Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women 2018 Awards

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.

One recipient was the Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship to fund a Native American Art Camp for Native Youth and the Wilshire Community in Northeast Portland. In a follow-up, Rev. Buck report that the camp ran three evenings beginning Monday, July 16, with storytelling, painting, and drums helping to “build cultural pride, self-confidence, and leadership skills” in children and youth within the Wilshire community and its neighborhood.  Because of the interest that the camp generated, the Wilshire UMC Native American Fellowship plans to continue this ministry and hold a craft night once a week beginning in September.

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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Healthy Vital Unit Program

Is your community of women doing the things that make us United Methodist Women?  Download the checklist below and take it to your next group gathering.  Be inspired!  Be healthy!  Be vital!

Healthy Vital Unit Checklist HERE

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Changes to Conference Standing Rules Approved October 20, 2018

Conference 2019 Standing Rules 

Boldly Making Disciples of Jesus Christ - Vitalizing the Church - Transforming the World