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PNW: Now in Session!

The PNW Annual Conference began its plenary session.  (From L to R) Nancy Tam Davis, the Rev. David Valera, the Rev. Wes Stanton (below) and Bishop Elaine Stanovsky.


Thursday’s PNW Plenary Session begins legislative process, reflects upon closures, celebrates GBGM, Campus Ministry, and the welcoming of our new bishop, Elaine JW Stanovsky.

By Mary Stanton-Nurse | Photos by Aaron Pazan

Following the initial organizing motions passed Wednesday evening after the Bishop’s Installation, the PNW Annual Conference’s initial Plenary session began bright and early Thursday morning with the rest of our traditional early-conference work, including the initial reports of the Rules and Nominations Committees.

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We’re not in Kenai any more

By Rev. Jim Doepken

Well, to be honest, I’m not from “Kenai.” Kenai is a city in Alaska (although some who read this would question whether “city” is an accurate designation for a community of 7,500, that’s city-sized in Alaska). I’m not from “Kenai” but “the Kenai.” I’m from the Kenai Peninsula and serving as pastor of the United Methodist Churches of Seward and Moose Pass (not a made up Alaskan-sounding name but a real Alaskan-sounding one.)

So, we’re not in “The Kenai” anymore.

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Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky blesses attendees with water at the Installation Worship Service at the joint Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Session. Photo by the Rev. Dj del Rosario.


Installation Service of Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky emphasizes life and abundance.

By Scott Klepach, Jr. | Photos by the Rev. Dj del Rosario

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky serves The Greater Northwest Area.

[Portland, Ore.] There was singing. There was dancing. There were stories. There was life.

These elements highlighted the installation service and opening plenary of the shared Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Annual Conferences in Portland, Ore. on June 14, 2017. The opening ceremony featured worship and the installation of Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky, who was assigned by the Western Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy to the Greater Northwest Area last year. Bishop Elaine was elected bishop in 2008.

The service, which began with a Native American ceremony that featured drumming and a special blessing and concluded with a reaffirmation of baptism, emphasized love and life.

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All Annual Conference participants are invited to wear blue on Saturday, June 17 at Annual Conference. Following the Ministry Alive workshops, we will gather at the riverside to bear witness to the suffering of God’s creation, blessing the Columbia River along with the hotel workers who care for travelers along its banks.

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As part of her role at the General Board of Church and Society, Kirstin Kumpf (center left) organizes and participates in rallies across the country in advocacy for justice. Most recently she helped organize the Interagency task force National Gathering on Immigration in March 2017, this work helped lead to the Connectional Table pledging an additional $100,000 for addressing immigrant justice.


“This is a time of crisis in our country. Especially now, we must figure out how to best stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters and organize for change.”

– Kristin Kumpf, Director of Organizing for the General Board of Church and Society

By the Rev. Richenda Fairhurst

Kristin Kumpf will be leading the Sanctuary training workshop on Wednesday, June 14th, an important pre-conference offering through the Peace with Justice programs and Board of Church and Society of the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences.  Click here to get more workshop information here.

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AC Update – June 7- Issue #5

Worship Services are highlights of the Conference

Bishop Stanovsky’s Installation Service
Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m.

The members and guests of annual conference are encouraged to attend this service to celebrate Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky being installed officially as the episcopal leader of the Greater Northwest Area. She will deliver the message. It is also open to the public and members of congregations nearby are encouraged to attend.

Offering – Project Rebuild: Up From the Ashes is a laity-driven fundraising and volunteer team recruitment effort to rebuild homes lost in the North Central Washington due to devastating wildfires in 2014 and 2015.  Our goal in the Pacific Northwest Conference is to raise enough money to rebuild six homes, one for each district in the conference, at a cost of about $92,000 each.  UMCOR has provided $90,000 as seed money and so far we have raised about $150,000.  With your help and the help of churches all across the conferences we can meet our goal.  Thank you for your generous contribution.

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Participate in #gnwac17 online and be a part of the conversation!

A team of Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conference staff and volunteers are working together this year to tell the story of our shared Annual Conference Session at the Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach next week. In addition to the production work on-site, we will also be supporting a number of social platforms for those who would like to be a part of the conversation in Portland and beyond.

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AC Update – May 24- Issue #4

Ministry Alive! Read about the workshops and experiences

On Saturday morning, June 17, participants will have the choice of 13 life-giving experiences on the final day together at annual conference. If you haven’t registered yet, or didn’t make a choice when you registered, you have the opportunity now to read more and choose the workshops or experience you would like to attend.
The morning will culminate with a large public witness event that will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15, followed by lunch. Guests are welcome(bring a friend or two from church)  to these no-cost learning and service events. Guests are encouraged to pre-register and to purchase a lunch ticket for the picnic buffet with strawberry shortcake! Because meals must be pre-ordered there will not be any tickets available at the door

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Please mark your A.C. Calendar with important workshop dates Wednesday and Saturday.

Across the denomination United Methodist leaders and congregants are gathering to learn more about Sanctuary. Trainings are cropping up across the country, in Annual Conferences from Texas to the Rockies, and last month leaders from 5 Jurisdictions came together to the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) to discuss Immigration and Sanctuary as a concern of the church and God’s people.

Last month’s training at the General Board in Washington DC and many others across the country have been led by Kristin Kumpf, Director of Organizing for GBCS. Kristin has spearheaded the church sanctuary movement within The United Methodist Church.

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Welcome from the Lay Leaders

Welcome to Annual Conference 2017 and to this new adventure!

We are living in a time of significant changes and challenges to our lives, our church, our country and the world. While there are strong differences that pull us in many directions, we also have core values and beliefs that hold us together; the very heart of United Methodism.

This year we are doing something different, meeting as Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho conferences together along with representatives from Alaska. This will be an opportunity for us to know more people and to share the exciting ministries that are happening all across our episcopal area.

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