AC Update #4, May 29, 2018

Note for lay persons: If you are not the lay member attending from your church this year, please contact your district office right away so we can send communications to the correct person. Thank you.

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Do WHAT on Saturday of Annual Conference? Learn!


After the business of Annual Conference wraps up there is still more learning to do on Saturday, June 16.

Members and guests have the opportunity to participate in a plethora of activities – everything from participating in the Boise Pride parade to workshops on stewardship, gratitude journaling, church culture and more -- all part of the Living Hearts, Mind and Spirit experiences.

“The Saturday Learning Experience opportunities are a vital part of our time together at annual conference, because through them we create a learning environment as a community of faith,” said Lowell Greathouse, director of mission and ministry for the Oregon-Idaho Conference. “And when we participate in personal growth and social engagement, the heart and soul of our church grows at the same time.”

Learning Experiences will take place at the Riverside Hotel from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday to help live out the Conference theme, "Do this and you shall live." These experiences offer several kinds of "doing," from advocacy to personal development to building skills for use in local churches. See descriptions below and mark your preferred choice on your Annual Conference Session registration to help leaders plan for the right size group.

Read about all of the workshops on the conference website. If you didn't sign up for one on your registration, it's not too late. Using the link in your confirmation email you may go back into your registration and make additions or changes.

AC legislation available for review

Legislative petitions to the 2018 session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference are now available for review on the conference website. Six action items and ten standing resolutions have been submitted to the conference and reviewed by the Legislative Assembly. Members of the Annual Conference are encouraged to read this legislation to be informed and prepared to vote. Print a copy or download to a device to bring with you. A limited number of copies will be available at check-in for $5 if needed.

Submitted action items include changes to scholarship policies for clergy, actions to support civil rights, and a rule change to enable distribution of the conference journal via print on demand. Standing resolutions speak to the values held by the Conference. Submitted items include supporting inclusion for lay staff, a position on climate change, support for human rights in the US and Middle East, and other issues.

'Wailing Wall' to raise awareness at Annual Conference

In 2017, a huge number of sexual assault survivors shared their stories online. An untold number of women posted “me too” and revealed their experiences of abuse. The massive response to #MeToo demonstrated what women already know: someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds and 1 in 6 women have faced rape. At Annual Conference in Boise, we will be raising awareness of the #MeToo movement. We will break the silence within the United Methodist Church by offering the opportunity to share stories anonymously at a “wailing wall,” offering a public lament and then looking toward God’s healing and our hope for a different future. Women, survivors of sexual harassment and abuse, and allies are invited to wear all black in solidarity on Friday, June. 15. Contact Rev. Erin Martin with any questions,

Alex Awad to sign books on Friday

In addition to his Saturday presentation, “How Christians Can Respond to the Palestine/Israel Conflict," Rev. Alex Awad, will also be signing his most recent book, Palestinian Memories; the Story of a Palestinian Mother and Her People, on Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.. at the Holy Land Task Force Ministry Marketplace table.

Awad, a Palestinian Christian, became a refugee when his family was evicted from their Jerusalem home, which had been theirs for generations in the 1948 “Nakba.”  He lost his Palestinian citizenship in 1967 when the Israeli government denied Palestinians who were not “home” at the time of the 6 Day War the right to return to their native country (Awad was studying in Europe at that time).

Eventually, Alex and his wife Brenda became missionaries with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, and were able to return to Palestine in that capacity, with Alex working as the Dean of Students at Bethlehem Bible College and Brenda working as development liaison officer for the college.  Upon their retirement in 2015, they moved to Eugene, Oregon, to be close to their children and grandchildren.

Rev. Award’s story – of loss and pain and renewal – is not by any means unique in the narrative of that bit of land that three faiths call “Holy.”  Throughout his life, he has written and spoken of his story – the story of the Palestinian people.  In addition to Palestinian Memories, Rev. Awad has also written Through the Eyes of the Victims, and numerous articles on the conflict and on Christians in the Holy Land, theology of the Land, Christian Zionism and interfaith dialogue

Schedule Highlights


Wednesday, June 13, 3:00-6:30 p.m. at The Riverside Hotel

Member Orientation

Wednesday, June 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Hotel

Conference begins with Memorial Worship and Episcopal Address

Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. at Boise First UMC

Clergy & Laity Sessions & Workshops

Thursday, June 14, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Commissioning Worship

Thursday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. at Boise First UMC

Banquet & Awards

Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.

Closing Worship & Appointments

Saturday, June 16, 8:30 a.m.

Living Hearts, Minds and Spirit experiences

Saturday, June 16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns

Saturday, June 16, before noon

See the full conference schedule.

It's getting close now!

  • Be sure you pay for your meals in your registration by June 5 so you can breeze quickly through check-in! Use the link in your registration confirmation email to do so.

  • In the meantime, read the legislation online and make a copy for yourself.

  • If you need a mobility scooter, the last day to order one is May 31 before noon. Contact Linda Grund-Clampit at

  • Think about dressing in layers or bringing a sweater as the ballroom may be too hot or too cold for some.

  • Next AC Update on June 5 will include what to bring and tips on getting the most out of the conference.

Group childcare cancelled due to low interest

We had planned to offer childcare at Whitney UMC but only one child was registered. (The Conference will reimburse that family for their childcare cost.)

For more information

If you need more information please check the website at

If you can't find the answer you need, please call your district office, or the AC Hotline, 503-802-9203.  Messages are checked and returned twice a day Monday-Thursday.



Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church
1505 SW 18th Avenue, Portland Oregon, 97201 ~ 503-226-7931 or 1-800-593-7539