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A Christmas Message from Bishop Stanovsky

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky offers this pastoral message to the people of the Greater Northwest Area as Christmas approaches at the close of a very long year.

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Portland FUMC makes, donates 10,000 masks to front-line workers

by Sally Blanchard Floral prints, polka dots, cat prints, flannel, and fabric with sequins were all put to use by...

Numbers that can do harm

"Let me strongly suggest that these 2020 statistical reports demand and deserve a huge, bold asterisk," writes Patrick Scriven in commentary on the GNW Area News Blog. He notes that the typical process of gathering numbers, planning and assessing the year's ministry requires extra care so that it does no harm.

Remember Jesus’ Humanity, not just his Infancy

For his latest post, Rev. Paul Graves shares a letter to his grandchildren reflecting on Christmas and the meaning of incarnation.

It’s 2021. Now What?

PHOTO: For more than 60 years, the “Star on the Mountain” in Anchorage, Alaska rises annually on the Chugach...

Make Self-Care Your New Year’s Resolution

By Ronda Cordill As we move from 2020 to 2021 making New Year’s Resolutions is more important than ever to...

Announcing the 2021 Online LEAD Conference

LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future,...

Like Us – a poem by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

As an early Christmas gift at the end of a very long year, we present the following poem “Like...

A Christmas Message from Bishop Stanovsky

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky offers this pastoral message to the people of the Greater Northwest Area as Christmas approaches at the close of a very long year.

Lisa Jean Hoefner receives national UM Camp & Retreat Ministries recognition

Rev. Lisa Jean Hoefner, retired Oregon-Idaho Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries director recently received the Legacy of Leadership Award from United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries (UMCRM) Association.

United Methodists should ‘Build Back Better’ too

The Biden Campaign used the slogan 'Build Back Better' to cast an aspiration vision for a country in recovery from the pandemic and its economic impact. Patrick Scriven explores the phrases' use in the disaster response context and considers what it might mean for The United Methodist Church.

Church as Beloved Community

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky •...

IV Team

Latest posts from the Greater NW Innovation Vitality Team

New book exploring ‘Sustainable Engagement’ offered as free download for GNW church leaders

The Greater Northwest Innovation Vitality Team recently published a book by Rev. Dr. William Gibson titled 'Sustainable Engagement: A How-To for The New Place Startup Process.' The resource developed with church planters/innovators in mind is also being offered as a free download to other church leaders as well.

GNW Innovation Vitality Team offers three learning experiences to equip leaders for relational community work

Decolonizing our Mission. Engaging our Communities. Exercising Cultural Humility....
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Resource List • Confronting the Sin of Racism Webinar

Compiled by Kristina Gonzalez The murder of Mr. George Floyd...

Alaska Conference

It’s 2021. Now What?

PHOTO: For more than 60 years, the “Star on...

Peace with Justice Sunday funds go to Alaska Innocence Project

For the past few years, the Leadership Team of the Alaska Conference of the United Methodist Church has awarded (Peace with Justice) funds to the Alaska Innocence Project, an Alaska-based non-profit corporation

Register now for Nov. 18 Collins Summit: Shalom in Divided Times

It’s no secret we are living in unprecedented and...

Oregon-Idaho Conference

Lisa Jean Hoefner receives national UM Camp & Retreat Ministries recognition

Rev. Lisa Jean Hoefner, retired Oregon-Idaho Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries director recently received the Legacy of Leadership Award from United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries (UMCRM) Association.

Portland FUMC makes, donates 10,000 masks to front-line workers

by Sally Blanchard Floral prints, polka dots, cat prints, flannel,...

Childhood connection leads to help for wildfire survivors in southern Oregon

A member of a church in Medford, Oregon re-connected via Zoom last summer with a church she attended during her formative years in a small town in Wisconsin. The people she chatted with at her childhood church came to care about her and when they heard about the devastating wildfires in September, they jumped at the chance to help.

Pacific Northwest Conference

United Methodists should ‘Build Back Better’ too

The Biden Campaign used the slogan 'Build Back Better' to cast an aspiration vision for a country in recovery from the pandemic and its economic impact. Patrick Scriven explores the phrases' use in the disaster response context and considers what it might mean for The United Methodist Church.

Numbers that can do harm

"Let me strongly suggest that these 2020 statistical reports demand and deserve a huge, bold asterisk," writes Patrick Scriven in commentary on the GNW Area News Blog. He notes that the typical process of gathering numbers, planning and assessing the year's ministry requires extra care so that it does no harm.

Remember Jesus’ Humanity, not just his Infancy

For his latest post, Rev. Paul Graves shares a letter to his grandchildren reflecting on Christmas and the meaning of incarnation.

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Like Us – a poem by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

As an early Christmas gift at the end of a very long year, we...
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A Christmas Message from Bishop Stanovsky

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky offers this pastoral message to the people of the Greater Northwest Area as Christmas approaches at the close of a very long year.
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Virtual Advent Choir: Away in a Manger (with Infant Holy, Infant Lowly)

This virtual choir rendition of Away in a Manger (with Infant Holy, Infant Lowly)...
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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

We offer this prayer of thanks to God for all of the good people...

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Virtual Advent Choir: Away in a Manger (with Infant Holy, Infant Lowly)

This virtual choir rendition of Away in a Manger (with Infant Holy, Infant Lowly)...

How are people with disabilities included and welcomed in your ministry setting?

By Rev. Harriet Wilkin Even though we are mostly meeting online for Worship, Sunday school...

Greater Northwest Area extends Zoom support through 2021, Regional Media Center offers free membership to churches

United Methodist churches in the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Conferences will be able to renew their hosting license for $50 for the entirety of 2021. Additionally, the Regional Media Center is offering free membership to all churches through 2021.
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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

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