Young People from the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Conferences open up about their concerns about LGBTQ, immigration issues, outreach, and the future of the greater church.
By Pastor Carrie Bland
I sat down with our youth equalization-voting members after dinner to hear what they had to say. It’s surprisingly easy to get them to talk when you provide the space. We have eight youth, split evenly between the two Conferences and one visiting youth from Alaska. They came to conference because they see it as an opportunity to discuss some prevalent social justice issues such LGBTQ and immigration, which are important to their generation.
Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky presides over the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference plenary session with Paul Cosgrove, Conference Chancellor.
By the Rev. Karen Hernandez | Photos by Patrick Scriven and Jesse N. Love
In our Friday morning plenary session, the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (strengthened and renewed by a more substantial breakfast, thanks be to God!) worked through some of our more complicated legislation. We completed voting on the standing and action resolutions sent to us through the Legislative Assembly.
We received the report and motions of the Council on Finance and Administration and the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, including their proposals for some significant changes in health insurance coverage. Those insured through the conference plan will now have a choice of among six insurance plans, while the premiums paid by churches go up very slightly and are not based on the particular plan chosen by the plan participants. (God gives us a variety of gifts. Figuring out the nitty-gritty details of insurance and finances is not among my gifts! Thanks be to God for the hard work, wisdom, and faithful stewardship of those who serve on CF&A!)
The following guidance is provided for clergy members to allow them to properly prepare for the worship services at the 2017 shared OR-ID and PNW Annual Conference Session in Portland, Oregon this June.