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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

Calling all knitters!

Anyone who has lived in western Oregon knows that the weather in May can feel like anything from winter to summer. This coming May, we will be hosts to General Conference delegates from all over the world. Remembering that some of the delegates in 2012 thought Tampa was cold (hard for us to imagine!), we are collecting handmade hats and scarves to offer to any delegates who would like them, as part of our hospitality.

This effort is being coordinated by Claudia Roberts for our chapter, but the hats will be distributed by the local host committee as a part of the overall welcome of our annual conference. Anyone can participate. Download the flyer for more details and instructions. This is a great activity for those who live too far from Portland to feel connected to the hospitality effort.

Support our work with your membership gift

It’s time to renew your MFSA membership for 2015 or to become a financial supporter for the first time. Get all the details by downloading the current MFSABrochure. You can mail your contribution to the address on the brochure, or you can use PayPal directly from this page. The listed gift amounts are suggestions; we appreciate your gift of any amount. Thanks for your support!

Follow-up from our Palestine-Israel event

On November 15, people from at least 22 churches in the conference attended our event at Clear Lake UMC in Keizer. If you were there, you know that there was a lot of great information shared. If you were not able to be there, you can still get some of it.

Rev Diane Dulin began our program with a talk focused on Kairos Theology. You can download the text of her remarks here: KAIROS THEOLOGY. Diane also wrote the liturgy for our closing worship, which you can download here: closing liturgy.

Another highlight of the day was the screening of a new movie called “Land and Honor” by filmmaker Art Wright, who was present at the event. Art is a Portland-area photographer/filmmaker who has both taught film and photography and worked as a photographer (for KOIN TV, among other entities).  He made his first trip to Palestine/Israel this past March, and returned with footage of the Occupation, viewed from the eyes of one who is new to this issue.  In the film, we hear from Israelis and Palestinians, and observe how the Palestinian people live under the shadows of settlements and checkpoints.  The film won’t answer your questions, but it will raise a lot of good discussion points.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the film, contact Art at awrighton@comcast.net.

Members of MFSA and HLTF hope that every church in the conference will have a study of the issues around peace in Palestine and Israel before Annual Conference 2015. If you would like help with resources or a speaker, please contact Dee Poujade, Task Force chair, at traveling.mimi@gmail.com, or Jan Nelson, MFSA chapter president, at jannelson515@msn.com.

Help the Church Learn About Peace in Palestine

November 15, MFSA and the conference’s Holy Land Task Force will hold an event designed to help local churches increase their knowledge of the Middle East and the possibilities for United Methodists to make a difference in this difficult struggle.

The event will begin at 10:00 am at Clear Lake UMC in Keizer, a church with easy access from I-5. Your $10 registration will cover the cost of materials and the soup and salad lunch. The day will end no later than 4:00 pm. You can register for this event by contacting Claudia Roberts at clarobb@juno.com. The $10 registration may be paid at the door. If you would like to arrange an overnight stay in Keizer or Salem, contact Jan Nelson at jannelson515@msn.com.

Click to download the Event flyer. Print a copy to post or share with a friend.

In June, our annual conference passed a resolution asking every congregation to study the issues around bringing peace to Palestine and Israel. Has your church begun this yet? This event will help you Continue reading