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Creative Arts as Spiritual Practice

In a post for the Clergy Wellness blog, Rev. Dr. Denise McGuiness writes that many of us "spend most of their time living in their heads." This may be even more true for clergy. McGuiness points to art as an excellent outlet and way to access our creativity.

What makes a church a Church?

Size matters less than having a clear, faith-grounded, purpose according to Rev. Kathy Neary, Transitional Ministry Developer for the PNW Conference. Neary shares what she is seeing as she visits local churches around the conference.

Laura Velonza joins the District Service Center as District Administrator for Inland, Seven Rivers

By Patrick Scriven As 2019 was drawing to a close, Laura Velonza was beginning a new role as...

Finding God, Finding Self

Sue Magrath describes the impact the Academy for Spiritual Formation made upon her when she began attending in 2005. She also shares that an opportunity to experience the program is coming to the Northwest this July.

Some thoughts for Local Church Pastors needing to explain why The United Methodist Church didn’t just split up

By Patrick Scriven I appreciate that “United Methodist leaders” decided to wait until after the holidays to...

A Contemplative New Year

"Do New Year resolutions ... make us better people, better Christians, better pastors?" Sue Magrath asks this question as the new year approaches and offers an alternative, more contemplative, approach.

United Methodist Bishops condemn President Trump’s “offensive” remarks against immigrants

"As reported, President Trump’s words are not only offensive and harmful, they are racist." Council of Bishops President Bruce Ough offers a strongly worded rebuke of President Donald J. Trump's language during negotiations with congressional leaders over immigration. He shares the Council of Bishops call to all United Methodists "to condemn this characterization and further call for President Trump to apologize."

The Church Needs More Innovative Pastors like MTV Needs More Twerking*

By Patrick Scriven, Director of Communications and Young People's Ministries The next time I hear a pastor argue that what the church really needs is...

A Pastoral Response to A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders

We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United Methodists from their...

Seattle District musical event raises funds for Rebuild: Up from the Ashes

The praise team from First United Methodist Church in Bellevue, Wash. brought a joyful noise during the Seattle District fund-raising event for the Rebuild:...

Statement of Unity from Young People of United Methodist Church

Updated to include a video of the statement. May 18, 2016 6:21pm This statement of unity was read by Ann Jacob, a young adult reserve...

Clergy Wellness: Private Grief in Public Ministry

"Grief is a funny thing…it twists and turns and jerks you around in ways you might not anticipate and, yet, not at all at the times you do anticipate." Just a few months into a new appointment, in a conference new to her, the Rev. Debbie Sperry had her mother pass away from cancer. Sperry shares how her grief and ministry have interacted in this vulnerable, well-written post.

Puyallup UMC’s Blessing Box!

Kheira B., a young person at Puyallup UMC, helped bring her vision of helping those in need with a Blessing Box - a take-what-you-need...

PASSED: Action of Non-Conformity with the General Conference of The United Methodist Church – #PNWAC16

June 25, 2016 | Puyallup, Wash. After much debate, legislation received from a task force empowered by the previous day's Committee of the Whole was...

Biblical Obedience

By Roy I. Sano, Bishop | The United Methodist Church A growing number of United Methodist clergy are conducting same gender unions in violation of...

Constitutional amendment to be revisited

The secretary of the General Conference just announced that an error was made in the text of proposed Constitutional amendment #1 as it was presented for voting, and which subsequently failed to pass. A new ballot is being prepared for voting by annual conferences at their next meeting; however, some conferences will not meet again until 2019.