Bishop Announces Coalition to Guide Future of UMC in the Greater NW
In the wake of the exclusionary and punitive actions of General Conference 2019, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is announcing as of today the formation of a Greater Northwest Area Guiding Coalition. The coalition will help to shape and lead a new movement of Methodism in the Northwest that fully includes LGBTQIA+persons in membership, participation, and leadership, both lay and ordained.
Read the full announcement here . . . and plan to attend one of the Cluster Gatherings in the Cascadia District this month and next as DS Tim brings the conversation to you (see immediately below).
Options for the Future of The UMC
Cascadia District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris will be meeting with local congregations in geographic clusters on Sundays in October and November to discuss the options for the future of The United Methodist Church following the decisions made by the 2019 Special General Conference.
These events are informational and intended to provide a safe space to learn about the various options, ask questions, and to share opinions and preferences with the D.S. The discussions will take place using guidelines to allow all to share and to avoid judgement or debate or attempts to persuade.
DS Tim hopes that attendance from each congregation will include at least the
- SPRC chair or representative,
- Trustees chair or representative,
- Lay Leader and/or
- Church Board chair
Other leaders and interested members are welcome as well.
Click here to see the locations and church clusters for each Sunday. (They are also listed in the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter, right-hand column)
Please make note of the date for your cluster meeting and plan to attend. Pre-registration will help us prepare for your participation! There is no cost.
Celebration of Mission Past and Future - Sign Up!
Two hundred years ago John Stewart, an African American farmer in Ohio, began a ministry to the Wyandot tribe of Native Americans. This humble beginning even then reflected the “from everywhere to everywhere” understanding of global missions that is leading us into the 21st century.
We in Oregon and Idaho are the direct descendants of that mission movement. As we mark the 200th anniversary of Methodist global ministry, the Oregon-Idaho Global Ministry Team is bringing a Bicentennial celebration to three locations- Roseburg (10/5), Tigard (10/12), and Boise (10/26) this Fall.
It will be a celebration of our history, but also a chance for individuals and churches to equip themselves with resources and information on current mission opportunities both locally and globally. These events are for everyone with a heart for mission, and especially for those seeking new ways to engage locally and globally.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Hartley, Professor of Christian Mission at George Fox University and a clergy member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In his work as an ordained deacon Ben is appointed to both George Fox University and Mountain Home United Methodist Church on Chehalem mountain, a few miles north of Newberg.
Workshops will include
- Disaster Preparedness/Connecting Neighbors
- Disaster Response
- United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
- Current Missionary Service
- Abundant Health for All
- The Advance/UMCOR
Cost: $20.00 Includes lunch and all program materials.
Here are some promotional resources to use in your local church and with other interested parties:
Register at www.umoi.org/missions
For more information, please contact Roz Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.618.9999.