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Stanwood UMC opens Wild Goose Community Gardens in partnership with local non-profit

Stanwood United Methodist Church (SUMC) and Puget Sound Public Farms are thrilled to announce the grand opening, blessing, and sign reveal event for the Wild Goose Community Gardens. This exciting community initiative will take place on April 20th at 2:00 PM at the Stanwood United Methodist Church, located at 27128 102nd Drive NW, Stanwood, WA.

Recording now available for first ‘Laity Meet-Up’ focused on General Conference 2020(24)

Hosted by the GNW Area Lay Leaders, the first ‘Laity Meet-Up’ panel tackled “Today’s UMC: What Laypersons Need to Know About General Conference.” The panelists included three General Conference delegates who provided an overview of what General Conference is in addition to discussing several significant pieces of legislation.

The dangers of indifference

"Indifference poisons our passion for living, our compassion for others, our desires to make a difference in the little part of the world we inhabit," writes Rev. Paul Graves in his latest blog post. While indifference can provide a respite, he warns that it can also seduce us into apathy.

Fascinating find sheds new light on Methodism founder John Wesley


A creative crime scene investigation

Scott Rosekrans, pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Port Hadlock, Wash., shares a creative retelling of the Easter story from the perspective of a crime scene investigator. Before serving as pastor, Rosekrans spent years working as a county prosecutor.

Evolving ministries across the GNW call for leadership changes in OR-ID Conference

As churches and ministry settings across the Oregon-Idaho Conference seek to serve their communities in new and vital ways, changes in leadership are necessary to support this work.

Aging, dementing, ageism and the presidency

Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on Joe Biden's handling of classified documents was a flashpoint in a conversation about the of presidential candidates. Rev. Paul Graves writes that Hur's comments and much of the reaction to them reek of ageism, and calls us to consider other features like character and competency.

GNW & Methodist hospital in Philippines consecrate groundbreaking partnership

In an unprecedented union that promises to reshape the future of health and spiritual care at the only Methodist mission hospital in the Philippines, Mary Johnston Hospital (MJH) and the Greater Northwest (GNW) Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church (UMC) consecrated a groundbreaking partnership on May 24 (May 23 in Seattle, WA).

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

Living in our contradictions

In his latest commentary, Rev. Paul Graves looks back at decades of United Methodism lost to a "corporate contradiction" rooted in the denomination's recently removed stance against homosexuality. With legislation now removing the prohibitions, can we move forward with more grace and less contradiction?

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