Stranger in A Strange Land – Even at Home

Join us for our fall event on Saturday, October 21, at Bend United Methodist Church. This event will give us a theological grounding for why we do the work we do in social justice; take us beyond feeling like we are the only one and connect us with others who are doing the same kinds of work; and teach us the most helpful ways to have conversations with others, including our legislators.

This one-day event will take place at Bend UMC on October 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $20 for the event, which includes lunch. Register now by e-mailing your contact information to Louise Kienzle at Kienzle.louise@gmail.com. You can pay your $20 at the door on October 21.

The details are on this flyer. You can register now, then print an extra copy to post at your church or give to a friend.

Bend is a long way for a day trip for many people in our conference. We are working on inexpensive housing options if you would like to stay the night before or the night after the event. Information will be available about this when you register.

September newsletter

Keep up on what’s happening with MFSA in Oregon and Idaho. Download the September newsletter here. You can read it and print a copy to share.

Social Justice Camp

Spend a weekend at beautiful Suttle Lake Camp with others concerned about a faithful response to current justice issues. The retreat will be Friday through Sunday, September 15 – 17. Get all the details on this flyer.

Forum in Lake Oswego: Borders and Identity

You are invited to an evening forum at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ to view and discuss a video of Jose Antonio Vargas addressing “The borders within my identity” which include immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, undocumented immigrants, and the church. The forum will take place Monday, June 26, beginning at 7:00 pm. You can download a flyer with more details. Continue reading

Rev Alex Awad speaking in Portland

“Ten things Christians Can Do to Help Contribute to Peace and Justice for Israelis and Palestinians” will be the topic of a talk by retired UM Missionary Rev. Alex Awad at First United Methodist Church, Portland, at 12 noon Sunday, July 23.   Rev. Awad, a retired GBGM missionary who served as Dean of Bethlehem Bible College for more than 30 years, became a refugee when his family was evicted from the Jerusalem home that had been theirs for generations in the 1948 “Nakba.”  He lost his Palestinian citizenship Continue reading

May Newsletter

Here is the link to the pre-annual conference edition of the Witness newsletter. Find out what’s happening at annual conference and all the other news of our chapter.

Stop anti-BDS legislation in Oregon

Boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) are time-honored, non-violent strategies for achieving justice. Leaders of the Christian churches of Palestine have asked their allies to use BDS to pressure the government of Israel for a just resolution of their long struggle.

BDS is under attack by those who want unconditional support for the Israeli government. Oregon is the latest state to have anti-BDS bills introduced: SCR 25SM1, and SJM9. Continue reading

March 2017 newsletter

The March newsletter is now available to download in PDF format. You can read it here or print a copy to give to a friend.

Rise Up! February 17 – 20 in Portland

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Don’t miss an exciting weekend with fellow justice seekers. This invitation letter will give more details on the conference. The date is approaching fast. The deadline for the lowest registration fee is January 17.

Our keynote speaker Friday night will be Bishop Karen Oliveto. Her preaching is guaranteed to inspire and motivate you. On Saturday, workshop leader, Beth Zemsky,  will lead us in learning to develop an intersectional movement to help bring justice for all. On Sunday and Monday, you will have an opportunity to become part of an action network of people across the Western Jurisdiction to plan and carry out action in at least one specific area.

One of the goals of this conference is to involve more young people and people of color. If you know someone who should be involved in this work for justice, share this information and urge them to attend. Scholarships are available, but the deadline for those applications is even sooner: January 12. Don’t wait!

See you in Portland!

Did you miss the November newsletter?

You can download it here. Read it or print it, and share with a friend.