May 15, 2018
Tim overton-harris - link to video

Women and Girls Can and Do Lead: A Response to the Failure of Amendment One

Last week we became aware of the vote on the five amendments to the Constitution of the United Methodist Church proposed by the 2016 General Conference. The Greater Northwest Cabinet tried to come to grips with the fact that three of them failed to be ratified, and two of those are plainly about justice for the least and powerless. We discussed these shocking results and tried to come up with ways to help our episcopal area understand what has happened and reassure our area of our unwavering commitment to fully including women, supporting women, nurturing women, and both valuing and honoring their leadership in all areas of involvement in the local church, district, conference, and area. The Bishop asked each of us to come up with one sentence to share. One sentence, I thought, "How can I say what needs to be said in one sentence?"

Read the rest of  District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris's thoughts, and his one sentence, here.  You can also click on the picture above to link to the video of the full Greater Northwest Area Cabinet's statements.  

 Upcoming events in the District Superintendent's Schedule:

May 17           Ministry Leadership Team meeting at Conference Center
May 19           Table Talk at Corvallis FUMC
May 20           Charge Conference at Silverton UMC
May 21-22      Transitions Workshop 
May 22           Table Talk at Salem FUMC's MICAH building
May 24           Communion at the District Office
May 27           Morningside UMC, Salem
May 30           District Superintendency Committee Meeting
Please let Tim know about significant events happening in your local congregation.  He may or may not be able to attend, but he would like to know about them!  You can e-mail him at 

Table Talks: Conversation on the Way Forward

Table Talks Participants                 

There are two more opportunities to attend a Table Talk event in or near the Cascadia District.  Child care will be available at the event in Salem on May 22nd for children in first grade or younger.  There are limited spots  If you are interested, contact for a reservation.

We hope you will join us at one of the Table Talk events!  

 Upcoming Table Talk locations within reach of the Cascadia District are:

See for more information and a full listing.

Please RSVP online or by calling the district office so that we can be prepared for your presence.

Annual Conference 2018

Registration is Open Now

The 50th Session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference will meet June 13-16, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. The Conference will be held at the Riverside Hotel and at Boise First UMC. 

Members and guests can now register online at

Be sure to register online by May 29th to avoid a $50 late fee.  Online registration will continue to be available with the $50 late fee until June 5th.  After June 5th the only way to register will be onsite on Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14th, with a $75 late fee assessed.

Keep up-to-date on all the information for the June 2018 session of the Annual Conference at  

UMCOR Kits Will Be Collected at AC in Boise

On Wednesday, June 13 there will be a donation station in front of the Riverside Hotel in Boise to receive UMCOR relief kits, especially hygiene, cleaning and/or school kits and items that go into the kits. See the list of items on the UMCOR website here.

Disregard any shipping or monetary instructions. Steve Matthews, volunteer driver, will be there with a pickup truck and will deliver the kits and items to the West Depot in Salt Lake City. If you have large quantities from your church, contact Becky Platt at to arrange a future pick-up.

Contact Donna Waltman, West Depot liaison, for information at or 503-622-3226. Consider publicizing this opportunity at your church or ministry site.

Explore the possibility of taking a team this summer to work at the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City.  You can get all the information about kits and pick-up locations and working at the Depot online at





This week in the
Cascadia District

May 18
Ministry Discernment Event - Milwaukie

May 19
Table Talk at Corvallis FUMC

May 20
Ministry Discernment Event - Albany

May 21
Riff Raff Colloquy
Transitions Retreat

May 22
Table Talk at Salem (MICAH Bldg)

Looking Ahead

May 24
Communion at District Office

May 28 - 29
District Office closed for Memorial Day Holiday and Vacation

May 29
Last Day to Register without a late fee for Annual Conference Session in Boise

May 30
District Superintendency Committee Meeting

June 5
Last Day to Register online for Annual Conference Session in Boise

June 13-16
Annual Conference Session in Boise

Prayer Calendar

May 13 - 19
Warrenton UMC
Pastor Kathy Matthews
Lay Leader Anne Stark

May 20 - 26
Willamette UMC
Pastor Kathy Boyes
Lay Leader Chris Heilman

May 27- June 2
Wilsonville UMC
Pastor Dylan Hyun
Lay Leaders Bruce & Mary Waldo

See the full prayer calendar

Contact us

DS Tim Overton-Harris

District Lay Leader
Paula Sadler

District Administrative Assistant
Linda Grund-Clampit

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680 State Street, Suite 200, Salem, Oregon, 97301 ~ (503) 581-3969 ~