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Articles by lay and clergy members of the Annual Conference representing the specific viewpoints of the author and not necessarily the position of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference.

The parable of the Hot Dog

Commentary by Patrick Scriven A story reported this morning on NPR gave me a little hope. According to the Pioneer Press, Jaequan Faulkner, a 13-year-old entrepreneur and person of color, was...

Live into Pentecost with Spanish Wings: Spanish Language Experience for Church Leaders

By the Rev. Lyda Pierce Bishop Elaine Stanovsky posted on Facebook last week: The Holy Spirit enabled people who spoke different languages to understand each other, and made them into ONE...

When the holidays are more bitter than sweet

Commentary by Patrick Scriven Wise ministry leaders are often cautious on holidays like Mothers Day. In any given congregation there is likely someone who has a complicated relationship with the...

The church is watching, waiting, UMC Bishops told

CHICAGO – (April 29, 2018) United Methodist bishops were today reminded that the church is watching, waiting and wondering if and how they will lead the denomination into the...

Fear of the Tap (water)

Growing up in the Philippines, the Rev. David Valera learned that it was never safe to drink water straight from the tap. In this reflective post, Valera wrestles with how hard it can be to let go of "deep-rooted fears" even long after one has learned there is no danger. He wonders what role the church can play in liberating others.

Eat More Eggs, Do More Laundry

The people of Community United Methodist Church in Port Hadlock, Washington have recently started to complement their existing support of UMCOR with a renewed focus and interest in the needs of their local community. For its pastor Scott Rosekrans, this interest has resulted in broader and more creative engagement by the church, and regular surprises on his pulpit on Sunday mornings.

Moving cost subsidies for pastors, staff, now a taxable fringe benefit

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, recently enacted by Congress, made numerous changes to the taxation of both individuals and organizations. Rik Jamieson, assistant Treasurer for the PNW Conference, delivers the (bad) news and how it impacts pastors and local churches.

A history of ‘uniting’ and gathering at the table together

"There will always be difficult and divisive issues," writes Rev. Mary Huycke as she reflects on the upcoming 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church. "As people of faith it is critical that we develop the relational and spiritual capacity to stay at the table with one another and bring such matters into our faith contexts."

Spirituality is about listening…

"Listening is not just a skill children need to learn; it is equally valuable for the church as well," writes the Rev. Cara Scriven, superintendent for the Tacoma District. She expands upon this insight and the importance of good listening to our spiritual well-being, while offering encouragement to those in her district to attend the Table Talks events planned across the Greater Northwest Area this spring.

Wallingford UMC hosts Holocaust presentation to combat hate

By Patricia Naumann | Photos by Lucinda King and The Holocaust Center for Humanity Seattle, Wash. - On Sunday, February 11, nearly 90 members of Seattle’s Wallingford United Methodist Church, including youth...