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Tales of Covid: Some Stories Start At the Beginning

In a post for the Tales of COVID series, Rev. Cara Scriven shares how the last year has been both difficult and spiritually disorienting. Over time she learned to "let go of the challenges of the pandemic" and cling to the blessings it has brought.

Racism and the Latinx Community

WEBINAR: July 20th at 5:00pm Pacific /8:00pm Eastern   Atlanta, Georgia, July 7, 2021 - On August 3, 2019, a shooter killed 23...

A Spirituality Too Small

Andy Lang shares a short reflection on the limitations of the progressive Jesus he grew up with. While this faith helped him to have a strong sense of right and wrong, it also left him with "a spirituality too small for the complexities of life."

Cat leads to a new writing adventure for Rev. Paul Graves

Rev. Paul Graves, retired elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference, talks about the process of writing a children's story based on his own cat's spiritual journey to figure out his home.

Tales of COVID: Learning in Retrospect

For the 'Tales of COVID' clergy wellness series, Rev. Sue Ostrom shares a frustrating series of experiences she encountered with her eyesight in the midst of the pandemic. It has left her more cautious in setting softly expectations.

Claremont School of Theology to remain in Claremont

After learning of the California Supreme Court’s refusal to hear its case, Claremont School of Theology's leadership is moving forward with a two-campus model, offering progressive theological education both at its main campus in Claremont and at its branch campus at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Bishop Stanovsky to appoint Rev. Lisa Talbott as Alaska Director of Connectional Ministries

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has announced her intention to appoint the Rev. Lisa Talbott as Director of Connectional Ministries...

Bishop Stanovsky preaches to opening GNW Area session

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky offered this sermon on the opening night of a week of annual conference sessions across...

To write great stories, we must look beyond ourselves

"Great stories free us. Great stories move us to imagine beyond our petty self-preoccupations, beyond our living circumstances, beyond our destructive biases," writes Rev. Paul Graves in his latest post. "I’m convinced that even those of us whose imaginations can soar beyond ourselves are still capable of writing ourselves into greater stories than we’ve settled for."

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For 25 years Oregon-Idaho deacons have taken their own paths to service

This year The United Methodist Church is celebrating 25 years of the Order of Deacons in the church. The Oregon-Idaho Conference Order of Deacons is working to tell stories of their members and provide resources to honor this milestone.

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Tales of Covid: Some Stories Start At the Beginning

In a post for the Tales of COVID series, Rev. Cara Scriven shares how the last year has been both difficult and spiritually disorienting. Over time she learned to "let go of the challenges of the pandemic" and cling to the blessings it has brought.

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