November 2, 2017
Dear Reader,

There are two opportunities in today's UM Connector for live shows that will bring laughter and fresh insights. It's not too late to purchase tickets to No Joke Live in Seattle this Saturday. And the next Saturday, November 11, the Columbia District is sponsoring an Evening of Faith, Community and Comedy at the Sunnyside Community House in Portland.

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 5. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep before church!

Sally Blanchard, Conference Project & Office Manager 


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OR-ID to respond to global migration crisis

There are 65 million people displaced in the world today. That’s more than at any other time since WWII. The UMC’s response to this crisis is Global Migration Sunday, December 3, a day of prayer and generosity that will raise awareness and funds to aid migrants and refugees. Learn more about this important Sunday via a free 55 minute webinar on Nov. 8 at noon EDT. More details and local stories will follow soon.

Register for the free webinar now.

New Employment Opportunities

Congregational Developer for Vitality

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See these and other opportunities on the Conference website at


Laughter and Community go together

Jeremy McLellan

The Columbia District of the UMC is proud to announce an evening of Faith, Community, and Comedy featuring internationally recognized comedian, Jeremy McLellan.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Sunnyside Community House
3520 SE Yamhill
Portland, OR 97214

6:30pm- Doors open
7:00pm- Community Leader Introductions
7:30pm- Jeremy McLellan.


Jeremy McLellan is an internationally acclaimed comedian based in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2017 he was named one of the New Faces of Comedy at the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal. A staple at political and interfaith events around the world, he recently completed a sold-out tour of Pakistan. You can find Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyMcLellan, or on facebook through Jeremy McLellan Comedy.

Prior to Jeremy taking the stage, three local community innovators will be introduced: Allen Buck of the Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship, Jon Umbdenstock of Woodlawn MIC, and Courney McHill from the Sunnyside Community House. They will take a few minutes to share the work that is being done in their neighborhoods.

No registration or fee.  Just come and enjoy!

Crossing the difference divide with NO JOKE LIVE and Brian McLaren

Sat, November 4, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM PDT
Seattle First United Methodist Church
180 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109.

The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church and Jim Henderson Presents CROSSING THE DIFFERENCE DIVIDE with NO JOKE LIVE. A preacher, a rabbi, and an Imam walk into … an unthinkable friendship and forge an unbreakable bond. You might think it’s a bar joke, but it’s actually No Joke. In this creative show of live performance art, a born again Evangelical Pastor, Muslim Imam and Rabbi from the conservative Heartland of America (a.k.a. The Peoria Three) screen key segments of the NO JOKE documentary and tell the story of how their unthinkable friendship came to be; take questions; introduce the audience to The Three Practices and explain how they can use these practices to cross their own difference divide.
Special Guests are Brian McLaren and Aneelah Afzali.

Tickets and information.

Watch the trailer.


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Transformed Toward Gratitude

By Todd Bartlett, Executive Director

Last September, I agreed to serve as the interim Executive Director for Camp and Retreat Ministries in Oregon-Idaho, until a national search could be conducted to hire the next Executive Director, which turned out to be me! This was a challenging year for many reasons and I am glad to have it behind me.

I have toured all of the sites, seeing them for the first time with this new set of eyes. It was confirmed that we have 6 beautiful sites that we operate with many different ministries happening. Generally, we have two areas of ministry that we focus on: Christian hospitality and Christian learning.

In this first year what brings the greatest amazement and joy to my life is ... Read more on


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