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Spread the word about MFSA

At our Ministry Marketplace table in Boise, we had information for you to take back to your church that can help more people learn about MFSA. If you would like to make copies of these for your church, here are links to the flyer for posting and for the bulletin insert. Help your leadership team spread the good news.

Members wanted!

Have you made a financial contribution yet this year? We want to keep in touch with everyone who wants to be active for justice and peace, but we need some financial help to keep things going. If you are not a contributing member for 2018, here are two ways to join:

  1. Go to the national website and join on line. The Oregon-Idaho share of your contribution will be sent to our chapter.
  2. Download our brochure, fill out the membership form, and mail it to our membership secretary, Louise Kienzle. Her address is PO Box 901, Hermiston, OR  97838

We appreciate your contribution! We also appreciate all who are doing the work, whether or not you can afford a financial gift at this time.

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

Campaign for Drivers’ Cards in Oregon

MFSA has endorsed Ballot Measure 88, which would affirm the action of the legislature to allow for a driver’s card to be issued to otherwise qualified drivers who cannot prove their status as legal residents. The campaign “YES Safe Roads” has recently kicked off, and it includes a component specifically for faith groups. In these documents, you can find campaign materials that can be used with churches and other faith groups. See Claudia Roberts’ article in our August newsletter for more information about what you can do.

Safe Roads endorsement

Faith Messaging Letter

Safe Roads Faith info

Friends of Sabeel conference in Portland April 4 – 5




What is required of us?

Find out what is really going on with the occupation of Palestine. Be informed and ready to act. Speakers will include Rev. Brian McClaren, authors Max Blumenthal and Mark Braverman, and many others.

The conference will be held at First United Methodist Church in Portland April 4 and 5. Details about the conference and registration for one or both days is available at

Get the December newsletter here

If you did not receive the December 2013 newsletter in your inbox, you can download it in PDF format by clicking on the link above. If you did receive it already, consider downloading this version and printing a copy for a friend.

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Attend a Banquet for Death Penalty Abolition

Religious leaders and members from a number of Oregon’s religious communities will gather on October 16 for a public banquet in support of the abolition of the death penalty at Portland’s First United Methodist Church.   The “People of Faith Against the Death Penalty” banquet is sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to Death Penalty (OADP) and will begin at 5:30PM, with a reception preceding dinner. First United Methodist Church is located,  at SW 18th and Jefferson in Portland.

Download the Flyer for complete details.

MFSA is a supporter of OADP and continues to advocate for abolition of the death penalty in both Oregon and Idaho.

Join us for the Fall Event September 28

Click on this link Fall Event 2013 to download the information for our September 28 event at Wilsonville UMC. We will join together from 9 am to 3 pm for a study of the document on the global structure of the United Methodist Church that was prepared for the 2012 General Conference. Since the Conference didn’t act on most of the report, there is an opportunity for everyone to have input before 2016. Download Worldwide Report to 2012GC now if you would like to preview it.

If you have no idea what this has to do with God’s call for justice and peace in our world, you are exactly the person we need at this event. You are likely to be shocked by some of what you learn about the way things are done now, and we hope you will have some better ideas to share.

The event is free. There will be coffee and a few morning snacks. You are invited to bring something to share for a potluck lunch. Join us, and bring a friend.

Going to Washington, DC this month?

As you have probably heard, this month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs, Justice, and Freedom. Major public events will happen on August 24 and 28. MFSA’s national office on Capitol Hill will be open during both events. In addition, MFSA will present two events on August 27, both in downtown Washington. Details of both are on this flyer.

If you will not be in DC for the events, you can still participate through social media and by sending postcards to your members of Congress. Get details from MFSA by visiting the website.