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Over the threshold – a letter to my grandchildren

The Rev. Paul Graves has been writing occasional public letter to his grandchildren since 1997. In this latest such letter, he reflects on the the importance of crossing thresholds, the privilege of a place to come back to, and the gift of welcome we can offer to those who lack "a loving, warm space."

Interfaith Solar Campaign: $4M in funding directly benefiting faith-based organizations available

In a landmark move to promote renewable energy in faith-based communities, CollectiveSun Foundation, in partnership with the Interfaith Solar Campaign, has announced the establishment of a $4 million fund. This pioneering initiative is set to fund approximately 25 to 30 solar projects for faith-based organizations in Oregon and Washington, providing a scalable model for similar endeavors across the United States through loans.

Equity cohorts across the GNW begin the work of eliminating racism

On Nov. 30, 60 leaders from across the Greater Northwest Area gathered at Fairwood UMC in Renton, Wash., to intentionally address equity in our institutional life. This was the launch of a major initiative to address the “E” – eliminating racism -  in our call to go the M.I.L.E.

Be alert! Spiritual vigilance is needed

As vigils for peace and healing are held, Rev. Paul Graves shares in this month's Faith and Values column shares thoughts on the need to be alert or spiritually vigilant for hope, light and love in our world.

Bishop Bridgeforth to appoint Rev. Kristin McGuire as Alaska Conference Superintendent

Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth has announced his intention to appoint the Rev. Kristin McGuire as Conference Superintendent for the Alaska United Methodist Conference, effective July 1, 2024. McGuire is an ordained elder and member of the Missouri Conference who serves as pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Juneau, Alaska.

GNW ‘ministry that matters’ about housing takes shape

With more than 200 people participating in a training event and a new half-time ordained elder appointed, the Greater...

JUST Like Me Intersectionality Vacation Bible School Curriculum

Reconciling Ministries Network announces the release of JUST Like Me: an innovative and adaptable, multigenerational Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum for congregations and communities of all sizes. This Curriculum was designed with funding support from the General Board Church and Society, General Commission Of Race and Religion, and First UMC of Eugene, Oregon.

Might Jesus be on the border?

In his latest blog post, Rev. Paul Graves shares what he imagines Jesus would think about the perpetual conflict over the U.S.-Mexico border. Graves finds helpful a distinction between anger and rage which drives people toward opposite 'solutions' to the problem, writing, "To me, the border is a metaphorical fine line between love-fueled anger and fear-fueled rage."

Alaska Conference

Bishop Bridgeforth to appoint Rev. Kristin McGuire as Alaska Conference Superintendent

Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth has announced his intention to appoint the Rev. Kristin McGuire as Conference Superintendent for the Alaska United Methodist Conference, effective July 1, 2024. McGuire is an ordained elder and member of the Missouri Conference who serves as pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Juneau, Alaska.

Oregon-Idaho Conference

Interfaith Solar Campaign: $4M in funding directly benefiting faith-based organizations available

In a landmark move to promote renewable energy in faith-based communities, CollectiveSun Foundation, in partnership with the Interfaith Solar Campaign, has announced the establishment of a $4 million fund. This pioneering initiative is set to fund approximately 25 to 30 solar projects for faith-based organizations in Oregon and Washington, providing a scalable model for similar endeavors across the United States through loans.

Pacific Northwest Conference

Rev. David Collins joins Camp Indianola as its new director

PNW Camp and Retreat Ministries is excited to announce the hiring of Rev. David Collins as the new director of Camp Indianola! Learn more about David, his family, and his anticipation for this new role at this cherished camp.

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