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WJ Episcopacy Committee welcomes input from those discerning call to leadership

Announcing a new discernment process in anticipation of possible episcopal elections in November, the Western Jurisdiction's Committee on the Episcopacy is inviting interested persons to put their name forward. Others can also submit the name of someone they would like to encourage to think about this role.

United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith!

United Methodist Women have taken a new name – United Women in Faith – to better reflect how they answer their calling today. They remain women of passion and power, united by God's love in our mission to support women, children and youth. The change includes a new logo and an array of new and improved programs to nurture current members and welcome new women to join to put their love in action.

The story behind the Annual Conference 2022 logo

Incorporating the theme "Called to be: Alert, Faithful, Brave, Love" designer Kylie Nelson out of Eugene created a piece of artwork that will serve as the logo for Greater Northwest Area annual conference sessions in 2022.

Churches improve inclusivity with accessibility

Two churches in the Greater Northwest Area recently underwent major remodeling projects in order to live out their call to be more inclusive, by making their worship spaces and church buildings more accessible.

Now I know why Godly punishment never made sense to me

In his latest blog post, the Rev. Paul Graves shares his disdain for substitutionary understandings of Jesus' death. "Even as a child, I was mildly confused by how God could be loving and yet punish people with hell! As I near 80, that confusion about God is gone"

How Disability Theology is helping me heal from societal and internalized ableism

"My illnesses do not define who I am, but they often define what I can do, and in this capitalist, ableist world, we are judged by what we can do." First-year seminarian Angela Molloy shares how Disability Theology is providing her new tools to resist and deconstruct ableist narratives we encounter, perpetuate, and often neglect to notice.

Play is both sacred and necessary

"I think that it is only when we stop and play that we become aware of how much God delights in us," writes Sue Magrath in a post for the Clergy Wellness Blog. Making time for play is important, especially for clergy, and it can be both challenging to do and counter-cultural.

Saying goodbye and hello as Ocean Park Camp looks to finding its next director

Ocean Park Camp and Retreat Center says goodbye to the Scheer family after 8 years of leadership. PNW Camps Exec. Director Alan Rogstad welcomes interim director Lu Harding and her husband John as they prepare a search for the camp's next director.

Spaces for the 2022 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation Are Going Fast

The 2022 Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation is being held July 10-15, 2022, at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at Palisades in Federal Way, Wash. Registration is filling up fast.

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Abundant Health offers GNW virtual food insecurity learning session

Abundant Health Ministries is holding a virtual learning event for GNW churches on May 24 to talk about food insecurity with guest speaker Sharon Thornberry from the Oregon Food Bank.

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Churches improve inclusivity with accessibility

Two churches in the Greater Northwest Area recently underwent major remodeling projects in order to live out their call to be more inclusive, by making their worship spaces and church buildings more accessible.

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Already collaborating in online worship during the COVID-19 pandemic, Puyallup United Methodist Church and nearby Summit UMC in Tacoma voted to merge as together as one church. Nearly unanimous votes from both congregations affirmed the change.

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