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Become a church historian and share your story!

The Local Church Historians' School is an intensive, self-paced course where you'll learn from leading Methodist scholars, archivists, and historians. Noting the importance and pedigree of the role of church historian, John Townsend encourages people to "use this opportunity to ensure that the heritage of each of our churches will be celebrated."

Is it time to take the U.S. flag out of the sanctuary?

This weekend, a Christian nationalist political rally, ReAwaken America, will be held in Post Falls, Idaho, to the concern of some religious leaders, and with the support of others. Patrick Scriven discusses some of what churches can do to educate members about Christian nationalism and encourages them to take seriously the role our stories and symbols play in defining a healthy understanding.

Churches, small and large, respond generously to lives disrupted by war

Since Russian forces began their assault on the people of Ukraine early in 2022, United Methodists have joined with countless others to raise funds to support efforts to provide direct relief. Patrick Scriven shares a few examples of how churches, big and small, urban and more rural, are working to support those impacted by war and conflict.

Ocean Park Camp Welcomes Greg, Eva and Molly Clensy

PNW Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries Alan Rogstad welcomes Greg Clensy and family to Ocean Park Camp and Retreat Center. Greg began as its new director on September 1 and the Clensy family brings decades of camping experience with them.

Love Beyond Borders raises nearly $500,000 in a year for global vaccine equity

To date Love Beyond Borders, an interfaith campaign to end the pandemic, has raised $472,597 from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) via the LBB Advance and direct United Methodist Church donations to UNICEF. That translates to 242,357 people receiving vaccinations. The larger Interfaith Campaign to End the Pandemic, of which LBB is a part, has raised $2,518,581 from all interfaith partners. That means 1,291,580 people were vaccinated.

GNW churches take on diverse back-to-school projects

Whether it’s filling backpacks for a high-poverty neighborhood school, providing haircuts or supporting teachers or kids in the foster care system, churches across the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church are committed to helping kids and families get back to school now more than ever.

Violence is not a Christian value

Angry protests of a public library in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, by agitated citizens, many professing to be Christians, have garnered national attention. Rev. Paul Graves shares that there is no space for the violence and intimidation displayed by these persons in the faith as taught by Jesus.

Rev. Dr. Barber stepping down from the IV team

After four-and-a-half years of working with the Greater Northwest Area’s Innovation Vitality (IV) Team as the director of innovation for an engaged church, Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber is moving on to a new position as executive director of a national non-profit. His last day will be Sept. 26.

Special offering during charge conferences to benefit Circle of Indigenous Ministries, honor Bishop Stanovsky

In honor of Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky's retirement and her legacy of supporting the work of indigenous ministries, the Greater Northwest Area cabinet announces that a special offering will be taken at charge conferences for the GNW Area's Circle of Indigenous Ministries.

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Alaska Conference

There’s no place like Nome (Community UMC)

To this day, life on the remote shores of the Bering Sea is difficult. Getting supplies is difficult. Traveling is difficult. And the cost of goods, services, and fuel make life in the city difficult. Because of these challenges, Nome Community UMC has been a missional priority for the Alaska Conference and the church has relied upon the help of others, outside of Nome and outside of Alaska, to keep building bridges in a world where cultures collide and facilities take a beating in the harsh winters.

Oregon-Idaho Conference

The Cultural Soul Project in Portland launches Mixtape Ministries series this fall

The Cultural Soul Project – one of the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality (IV) Team’s new-start ministries in Portland – is inviting people to participate in a three-part conversation series this fall titled “Mixtape Ministries Volume 1: A Church in the Wild” that will bring theologians, scholars and more into conversation about ways the church needs to adapt with society.

Pacific Northwest Conference

Is it time to take the U.S. flag out of the sanctuary?

This weekend, a Christian nationalist political rally, ReAwaken America, will be held in Post Falls, Idaho, to the concern of some religious leaders, and with the support of others. Patrick Scriven discusses some of what churches can do to educate members about Christian nationalism and encourages them to take seriously the role our stories and symbols play in defining a healthy understanding.

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