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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.

Smudges, Sneers and Small Gods

In his latest commentary, Older Adult Ministries chair Rev. Paul Graves wrestles with questions and feelings stemming from General Conference 2019. "So what do we do now?" Graves writes. "One fundamental task our whole church might undertake is to humbly admit we revel in taking sides."

Creation Care(s for you!)

Cindy Haverkamp considers the gifts of creation after a winter weekend spent outdoors.
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The Parable of the Rubber Chickens

If this guy can squeeze music out of rubber chickens, just imagine what God could do with a United Methodist Church that was ready to love.

Wrestling with God in St. Louis: A Biblical Reflection

When United Methodists gather in St. Louis next month, Rev. Paul Graves is expecting something akin to a "wresting match". According to Graves, the story of Jacob could provide some helpful insights to delegates and observers of the General Conference.

Are we asking the right questions?

Commentary by Patrick Scriven I had the opportunity this week to spend some time at Lazy F, one of our four United Methodist Camps in...

Courage to create a politics worthy of the human spirit

"I don’t want to hate anybody, especially the political leaders I vehemently disagree with," writes the Rev. Paul Graves. Reflecting on a cultural climate "where it's hard not to hate," Graves suggests that our faith offers us a better path than hate or despair if we risk opening our hearts to the world around us.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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