In 2017 the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences of The United Methodist Church will meet together in a shared annual conference session June 14 – 17, 2017 at the Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon.
The shared session will begin with the installation of Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky as the presiding bishop of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Representatives from the Alaska Conference will also join their southern neighbors for the installation.
The conferences will meet through the session in both joint and individual plenary meetings as well as sharing worship, laity meetings, workshops and mission experiences. Bishop Stanovsky and the design team invite all participants to make this a time of connection and learning about the common goals and values of the two conferences.
Invitation letters with more detail will go out to clergy and lay members of the conference in early March. Online registration for members and guest will be available after April 1st.
The conference hotel is the Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach, located on the Columbia River minutes from downtown Portland and Portland International Airport at 909 N. Hayden Island Dr., Portland, OR 97217. (See a Google Map)
The special discounted group rate for our conference is $159/night plus tax for king or double queen guest rooms. Each room includes wifi, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and free parking. Breakfast is not included.
Attendees may now reserve rooms online using the Group Rate Registration Link, or by calling the hotel directly at (503) 283-4466 and mentioning you are with the “United Methodist Conference.”
Make your reservation early as there are other large events in the area during the same dates and competition for rooms will be high. The room block is open now and will close when filled or by May 22, whichever is sooner.
Meal package ordering will be part of registration (after April 1). The package will include 3 mini-breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, Thursday-Saturday for a cost of $180. This package is required for all members to Annual Conference. The hotel does not have a large restaurant, nor are there many dining options in the area except fast food and a grocery store. Due to the limited options, short meal breaks and the desire to share fellowship over meals, the Annual Conference Sessions Committee decided to require the meal package.
On the online registration form, which opens April 1, attendees will be able to request special dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free. The entire conference will be nut-free.