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PNW News Digest #39 - November 27, 2019

Giving Thanks! 

It's a short week in the office so I hope you'll forgive a short lead-in. In this week's News Digest you'll find links to a feature article from USA Today with several voices from our PNW Conference (and Greater NW Area), the penultimate Crossover study post, and a new Clergy Wellness post on an important topic.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the PNW Conference office is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28 & 29. The office will be open again on Monday, December 2.

I pray that you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving! And in the spirit of the holiday, let me thank you for being a reader of the PNW News Digest and for your partnership in keeping others well-informed during these interesting, and tumultuous, days for United Methodism.


Patrick Scriven
Director of Communications & Ministries with Young People

USA Today

USA Today: Vote on LGBTQ may split church

One of the cover stories in USA TODAY's Weekend Edition last Friday focused on the current state of things in The United Methodist Church.

Reporter Lindsay Schnell spoke with a number of church leaders, including several leaders in the Greater Northwest Area, on the stand for inclusion and the myriad ways that the church’s treatment of LGBTQ+ folk impacts real people and ministry.

Read USA Today Story

Greater NW & Other UMC News

Words Make Worlds

CrossOver: Words Make Worlds

In the penultimate post for the Greater Northwest Area’s CrossOver study, Rev. Katie Ladd writes about the importance of words as way of shaping and defining meaning.

She laments that many Christians approach the Bible looking for facts and missing the point stating that “it is an inquiry into ‘why;’ it is not primarily a report of ‘what.’”

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Clergy Wellness: The Marriage Crisis

Clergy Wellness: The Marriage Crisis

In the latest clergy wellness post, Sue Magrath shares concerning statistics on marital happiness and divorce rates among clergy persons.

She notes some of the causal factors common to the profession before offering some pastoral advice for clergy hoping to improve their relationships.

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Sowing Seeds of Gratitude

Sowing Seeds of Gratitude

The Rev. Paul Graves believes that gratitude is a gift we are born with.

In his latest post, he shares a personal example of this truth and a call to nurture and care for the gift as we find it in our children and grandchildren.

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Orchard Alliance @ Shelton UMC

Shelton UMC Members interviewed on local news about Permaculture event

iFIBER ONE News spoke with Kevin Lock and Stacie Gilkeson of the Orchard Alliance at Shelton United Methodist Church about an public event they hosted over the weekend entitled "Talk Dirt to Me."

The event was offered to inform people to about Permaculture and soil care.

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Dr. LaVerne Lewis

Dr. LaVerne Lewis joins Innovation Vitality Team as Assistant Director of Innovation for a New Church

We are excited to announce Dr. LaVerne Lewis as the newest member of the Innovation Vitality Team for the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church.

Serving as Assistant Director of Innovation for a New Church alongside Rev. Dr. William Gibson, she'll be working to resource planters/innovators across the area.

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US dips below majority of membership

US dips below majority of membership

The U.S.’s majority status in The United Methodist Church is coming to an end — and may be there already.

That’s according to projections from the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration — based on the continuing decline in U.S. membership as much as growth in Africa.

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OIMC Washita Immersion Experience

GCORR joins the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference on a Native Immersion experience

General Commission on Religion and Race board of directors visited Washita “massacre” Battlefield Site and Clinton Indian United Methodist Church to learn about the history and reality of Native American United Methodists as part of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference immersion experience.

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Bishops’ group backs US regional conference

Bishops’ group backs US regional conference

The effort to create a new United Methodist structure for U.S. decision-making received a boost from bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.

“The central conference bishops will promote and solidly support the U.S. regional conference proposal,” Bishop Harald Rückert of Germany announced to applause near the end of the fall Council of Bishops meeting.

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104 writes first book

United Methodist pens first book at 104 years old

She is a mother of eight, a grandmother, human rights activist, teacher, preacher, pastor’s wife and the only surviving founding member of Rukwadzano RweWadzimai, the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area’s women’s organization. Now, 104-year-old Martha “Granny” Mudzengerere can add author to that list.

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Bishop Dyck: Inclusion is the heart of this conference

Bishop Dyck: Inclusion is the heart of this conference

"Let me be clear. I will not facilitate or move on trial complaints against LGBTQIA+ clergy or clergy who perform same-gender weddings," offered Northern Illinois Conference Bishop Sally Dyck in an episcopal address to the conference's recent special session. "I joined the UMC years ago because it welcomed and provided space for someone like me to be in ministry. How could I deny a welcome to belong and fully serve Christ and the church to someone else?"

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Upcoming Events

Messy Middle Retreat: Discernment

March 24-26, 2020 | Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA

The middle of a career in ministry can be messy. The church is transforming, priorities are changing and God is calling us in ways that we aren't used to hearing. This three-day retreat will give mid-career clergy a chance to connect with colleagues, to practice discernment, and to renew their spirits in an environment of laughter and sacred trust.

Registration is $300 ($50 discount available for PNW Clergy) and includes lodging and seven meals. A limited number of single-occupancy rooms are available; register soon to secure one.

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Resources & Opportunities

GC2020 Resources

General Conference 2020 News & Resources

As we continue on the path to General Conference 2020, we will be providing members with news and resources about the important conversations happening in The United Methodist Church.

Please keep this page bookmarked and share it with people in your congregation. We will work to keep it updated with essential content to inform the important conversations taking place across the area.

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Immigration Immersion

WJ UMVIM: Immigration Immersion

Western Jurisdiction UMVIM coordinators are offering two Immigration Immersions to Tucson, Arizona, in March 2020. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from those in ministry at the border and will have the opportunity to spend one day in Nogales, Mexico.

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Dementia Webinars

Webinar Series - Dementia and the Church

Beginning in January, the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministry will join with Discipleship Ministries to produce a series of free webinars on dementia and the church. One webinar will be offered per month through April on a number of related topics. After the webinar, all registrants will receive an email link to the recorded webinar.

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Conference Journal now available for print on demand

Print copies of the 2019 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Journal are now available to order online via Please use buttons below to order one or both of the volumes.

Each volume is $10 + shipping. Lulu often has discount codes available; currently LKAB317CD, entered during checkout, will earn you 15% off your order.

Digital copies of both volumes are available to download at no cost on the PNW Conference website. Conference members can email Patrick Scriven to request the password that is needed for Volume One.

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