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Abundant Health continues to be initiative of Oregon-Idaho Conference beyond staffing

For the last two years, Rev. Marshall Wattman-Turner has been helping churches make great strides toward better physical,...

Church and Society observes Juneteenth as a holiday

To commemorate and celebrate the day that ended slavery in the United States, Church and Society has...

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

A love of working in a garden and a love for people in their community has grown into a beautiful relationship between Gresham United Methodist Church and Latina doulas.

Sage District Superintendent urges caution amid new church-related outbreaks

With outbreaks happening in communities in eastern Oregon and Idaho due to large (non-United Methodist) church gatherings, Sage District Superintendent Rev. Karen Hernandez is urging her churches to carefully examine the Reimagining Life Together guidelines from the Greater Northwest Area before pushing to re-open church buildings.

United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative

United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S.

Prayers of Lament – 2020 PNW Clergy Session

During the 2020 Pacific Northwest Conference Clergy Session held June 10th on Zoom due to the...

Resource List • Confronting the Sin of Racism Webinar

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

General Secretaries Table: Statement on Racism

General Secretaries TableThe United Methodist Church FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 16, 2020 

As we use masks to stay safe, we should unmask our real spiritual selves

In his latest column, Rev. Paul Graves reflects on the curious nature of masks. While some resist wearing a simple cloth mask, it is quite common for us to wear spiritual masks, hiding our authentic selves.

Kennydale, Renton First UMCs merge after years of collaboration

The congregations of Kennydale United Methodist Church and Renton First United Methodist Church have worshiped just three miles apart since the early twentieth century. After heartfelt discussion, planning, and shared fellowship, these two churches voted to become one on May 31, 2020. Hannah Shepperd has the story.

IV Team

Latest posts from the Greater NW Innovation Vitality Team

Need an IV, Stat!

Rev. Dr. William Gibson shares how the Greater NW's Innovation Vitality Team is "collaborating for a new vital church — one that empowers younger, queer, and people of color." That collaboration is impacting both New projects and revitalization work.

Alaska Conference

Sage District Superintendent urges caution amid new church-related outbreaks

With outbreaks happening in communities in eastern Oregon and Idaho due to large (non-United Methodist) church gatherings, Sage District Superintendent Rev. Karen Hernandez is urging her churches to carefully examine the Reimagining Life Together guidelines from the Greater Northwest Area before pushing to re-open church buildings.

Virtual sessions honor clergy, work ahead in GNW

Virtual clergy sessions welcomed 21 candidates into new roles within the life of the Greater NW Area, among other things.

Oregon-Idaho Conference

Gresham’s garden creates connection point with Latinx community

A love of working in a garden and a love for people in their community has grown into a beautiful relationship between Gresham United Methodist Church and Latina doulas.

Pacific Northwest Conference

As we use masks to stay safe, we should unmask our real spiritual selves

In his latest column, Rev. Paul Graves reflects on the curious nature of masks. While some resist wearing a simple cloth mask, it is quite common for us to wear spiritual masks, hiding our authentic selves.

Kennydale, Renton First UMCs merge after years of collaboration

The congregations of Kennydale United Methodist Church and Renton First United Methodist Church have worshiped just three miles apart since the early twentieth century. After heartfelt discussion, planning, and shared fellowship, these two churches voted to become one on May 31, 2020. Hannah Shepperd has the story.

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Prayers of Lament – 2020 PNW Clergy Session

During the 2020 Pacific Northwest Conference Clergy Session held June 10th...

Resource List • Confronting the Sin of Racism Webinar

Compiled by Kristina Gonzalez The murder of...

Bishop calls on to individuals to make masks for local churches

As churches begin “Reimagining Life Together” in the Greater Northwest Area there are...

A Christmas Message from Bishop Stanovsky – 2019

Please enjoy this Christmas message for United Methodists across the Greater Northwest...

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Resource List • Confronting the Sin of Racism Webinar

Compiled by Kristina Gonzalez The murder of...

Best Practices for Church Cleaning and Management

At some point, public COVID-19-related health restrictions will ease and church buildings will open in some fashion. Larry Johnson, Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, shares how his local church is assessing their need for cleaning along with helpful CDC Guidelines for disinfecting your facility.

Understanding Virtual Worship Attendance Reporting

As churches explore more digital ministry options, GCFA has developed some guidance on reporting and counting the number of viewers of your online worship and Bible study attendance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Alaska as Mission District of the PNW Conference

The following questions are among those we’ve been asked or have...

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Best Practices for Church Cleaning and Management

At some point, public COVID-19-related health restrictions will ease and church buildings will open in some fashion. Larry Johnson, Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, shares how his local church is assessing their need for cleaning along with helpful CDC Guidelines for disinfecting your facility.

As New 2020 Restrictions Loom, Western Jurisdiction Bishops Pledge Safe Harbor for LGBTQ+ United Methodist Clergy, Seek Support

Western bishops lead with grace, not persecution. Active United Methodist Bishops in the Western Jurisdiction announce their intention to set aside complaints against clergy accused of being gay or performing LGBTQ+ weddings; urge others to join them. #UMC4All