Some thoughts about our theme and the Jesus behind it
By Patrick Scriven
Our simple tagline, “Do this and you will live!” is a direct quote of Jesus from Luke 10. This statement strikes people in different ways with some liking its boldness and the way it begs a question: What is the “this” one needs to do to live? Others aren’t as fond, often for the same reasons. Let me explain why I find myself among the former.
The Jesus I encountered as a young person trying to decide if this Christianity thing was worth doing was provocative. He lived with, and brought healing to, those who were poor, hungry, and lost in sorrow and he heaped condemnation upon those who did nothing when they could do much more. Jesus challenged his disciples to love, not our family or friends, but our enemies. In contrast to other religious teachers of his day, he bound grace received to one’s willingness to extend it to others. And most attractive to the young person I was, there didn’t seem to be any social convention, nicety, or prejudice that Jesus would allow to get in the way of God’s love.
All of this gained Jesus the attention of many, the affection of a few, and the condemnation of those with the most to lose. Read more.
Conference Schedule Highlights
|Weds, June 14||Check-in and welcome||3-7 p.m.|
|Member Orientation||4-5 p.m.|
|MFSA reception||5-6:30 p.m.|
|Bishop’s installation, session opens||7 p.m.|
|Thu, June 15||Plenary sessions||8-12:15 p.m.|
|Clergy sessions, Laity session||1-5:30 p.m.|
|Memorial worship service & reception||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri, June 16||Plenary sessions||8-5:30 p.m.|
|Celebration of Abundance banquet||7 p.m.|
|Sat, June 17||Ministry Alive! experiences||9-12:15|
|Ordination/Commissioning worship & reception||2-4 p.m.|
Information about lodging and meals can be found on the shared conference event website: greaternw.org/ac2017/home/hotel-and-meals/
Register for Childcare
It is important for members to register their children now if they need child care, to allow the planners to make hiring and other decisions based on the numbers and ages of children. Read more and register.
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If you will need a mobility scooter while at the Annual Conference session, please contact Linda Grund-Clampit at 503-581-3969 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Rentals are limited, and must be reserved early.
If you can’t find the information you need on the shared conference website:greaternw.org/ac2017/,
you may call the OR-ID hotline at 1-800-593-7539 ext. 203 or 503-802-9203 (messages will be checked and returned twice a day Monday-Thursday) or Anna Conklin in the PNW Conference office at 800-755-7710 ext. 303.