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COVID Burnout

Sue Magrath shares some words of encouragement for clergy who have been challenged with 18+ months of leadership responsibility in a pandemic. She shares an article recommended by the PNW Formation Committee and a reminder about a helping professionals resource listing those in mental health, spiritual direction and coaching.

Q: Can we safely celebrate the winter holidays in person this year?

As much of the US begins to see new coronavirus cases decline, people are starting to look ahead toward the holidays and the uncertainties of winter. Patrick Scriven provides this survey of what experts are suggesting at this stage of the pandemic.

New Lay Servant Ministries course: Leading in Prayer

In partnership with the Mountain Sky Conference, Lay Servant Ministries leaders from the Greater Northwest Area are inviting anyone interested to register for this new, five-week course, "Leading in Prayer" beginning Oct. 19. But hurry, the deadline to register is Oct. 12.

It’s an emergency!

A recent conference offered by the Center for Action and Contemplation provided a framework for the Rev. Kathy Neary to think about the climate emergency that we are facing. In her post, she shares seven "themes" on the topic and her thoughts on how The UMC should refocus.

Shame and blame are both a cruel game, but the rules for each are different

In his latest post, Rev. Paul Graves describes “shame” and “blame” as cruel games which do not reflect well the biblical approach of seeking transformation. He writes, "They’re destructive efforts to avoid, deflect and project our own deniable struggles as humans onto others who struggle as much, or more, than we do."

Samoan faith community organizes COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Medford

When it comes to vaccine distribution, the Medford Samoan Faith Mission is doing its part to help reduce the incidences of COVID-19 among its people. Pastor Tau Moli shares how they are working with community partners to reach unvaccinated Samoan and Pacific Islanders.

Wear orange, honor ‘Justice for Our Children’ October 6

Along with the United Methodist Church's Native American Comprehensive Plan and the International Native American Caucus, United Methodists in the Greater NW Area are encouraged to wear orange and advocate for 'justice for our children' on October 6 and every day.

Tales of COVID: The Neutral Zone

In a post for 'Tales of COVID' clergy wellness series, Sue Magrath cautions us not to rush forward too soon. Given the grief and trauma the past 18 months have surfaced, holding space for processing and discernment might serve is better.

UMC youth launch “Good People of Gooding” series in Idaho

When it comes to getting to know your neighbor, just ask the youth of Gooding United Methodist Church in Idaho how to do it. Recently the church youth launched a YouTube channel “The Good People of Gooding” to hear the stories of people in their town and build connections.

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Alaska Conference

COVID: A Cautionary Tale

While taking his daughters to get tested for COVID-19 after they had a slight exposure at an event, the Rev. Jim Doepken decided to get tested too. In this post on the GNW News Blog, he shares what happened next.

Oregon-Idaho Conference

UMC youth launch “Good People of Gooding” series in Idaho

When it comes to getting to know your neighbor, just ask the youth of Gooding United Methodist Church in Idaho how to do it. Recently the church youth launched a YouTube channel “The Good People of Gooding” to hear the stories of people in their town and build connections.

Pacific Northwest Conference

It’s an emergency!

A recent conference offered by the Center for Action and Contemplation provided a framework for the Rev. Kathy Neary to think about the climate emergency that we are facing. In her post, she shares seven "themes" on the topic and her thoughts on how The UMC should refocus.

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