PNW Board of Ordained Ministry will resist discriminatory GC2019 restrictions

A letter was sent earlier this month to ministerial candidates in the PNW Conference in response to the harmful actions of General Conference 2019. In reassurance, it offers "that the actions of General Conference do not and will not change our statement or our current practice..."

Greater NW churches respond to GC with messages of love, apology and inclusion

When the Traditional Plan passed at General Conference, local churches across the Greater Northwest Area raced to counter to a message sent that was out of sync with the ministry they understand God calling them toward. Kristen Caldwell shares how a number of church leaders responded.

Let’s Eat! St. John UMC Considers Sustainable Food Choices

Did you know that it was possible to make food choices that positively impact the planet? Last week, St. John UMC considered this question and others in an attempt to understand sustainable food issues.

I am not a divider, am I?

In 1991, Roxy and Michelle started to attend Ashland United Methodist Church. In this powerful look back, the church's current pastor, Rev. Richenda Fairhurst, shares the tragic story of what followed, and how love responded.

Another opportunity to have your gift matched for Lazy F Camp!

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center director Dave Burfeind shares news of a new gift-matching opportunity in support of ongoing construction. An anonymous couple pledged to match all gifts received before April 15, 2019 up to $150K

Be Like Water: Lessons from a church planter

"What Dennis uncovered was that within every community, people are looking for leadership and for answers." Rev. Shalom Agtarap recently spent some time with Rev. Dennis Paschke, gleaning some insights gained from his work leading Orting UMC outward toward its community.

Have No Fear! The Green Shirts Are Here!

Five Early Response Teams from across the Western Jurisdiction join up to help North Carolina residents recover from Hurricane Florence.

Volunteer Home Builders Bring Amazing Hope to Okanogan County!

By Cindy Haverkamp with Rosalee Mohney, Wildfires UMVIM Coordinator When volunteers first began responding for calls to rebuild homes in Okanogan County following the worst...

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2018

A federal judge in Texas struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act a few short days before many communities, and several states, celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year. This confluence of events prompted some good questions and this reflection from Kristina Gonzalez, Director of Innovation for an Inclusive Church for the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church.

Praying with those who find themselves “Leading While Female”

We Pray With Her, a book of devotionals and prayers meant to offer support to women in leadership, was released earlier this month by Abingdon Press. It includes contributions from two Greater Northwest Area clergywomen, Revs. Karen Puckett Hernandez and Elizabeth Ingram Schindler.

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