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June 4, 2020

A Call for Change

The horrific death of George Floyd rocked our nation to the core. In this moment of national mourning and outrage, our hearts are broken with pain, anger and sorrow. Tragically, this isn't an isolated death. The North Pacific Union is committed to standing with all who feel threatened and vulnerable in the face of oppression. We pledge to advance the mission of sharing hope and wholeness throughout our Northwest churches and communities by fostering an honest climate of respect where no one is valued above another.

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We Must Speak Up

The past few days have highlighted the systemic racism problem in our society. Racism is ugly. The open profiling and singling out of people of color is disgusting. It lurks in the shadows, like Lucifer himself. Sadly, the Christian church has been silent on this issue for far too long. We have to stand up for our black brothers and sisters. We owe it to God and our community to stand up. Our faith demands it.
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What Happens When The World Doesn't Change

Pastor Jackie James of the Meadow Glade Church in Battle Ground, Washington shares from personal experience in this heartfelt message. "My name is George Floyd, and I am created in the image of God." Click to watch.

Oregon Leaders Pray with Protesters

On the evening of June 3, pastors and leaders from around the Oregon Conference joined Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president, in gathering in downtown Portland to pray with the protesters. Oregon members took their motto of knowing, loving, sharing and serving others and Jesus seriously and showed support for the suffering members of the community.
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Pandemic of Racism

Jose Cortes Jr., North American Division associate ministerial director, hosted "Pandemic of Racism," a conversation with Michael Nixon, David Sedlacek, Jesse Wilson and Claudia Allen, discussing strategies for confronting the evil of systemic racism as a church community. You can watch the video here.

2020 Northwest Camp Meetings

Camp meeting is a time to connect deeper with Christ and reflect on the hope of His soon return and wholeness He brings to our lives. With COVID-19 disrupting our world, this connection with God and fellow believers is more important than ever. While camp meeting will look a little different this year, the blessing of gathering and worshiping as a body remains the same. Click to learn more about each northwest virtual camp meeting.


Let Justice Roll

Register today for "Let Justice Roll: How Pastors Can Make a Difference in the Midst of Systemic Racism." This virtual conference will take place on Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. (PDT) and address actions you can take to make a tangible difference.

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Ministry in the Aftermath of George Floyd's Death

"As I watched in horror, I knew that something had to be done, I had to do something, but what can a pastor and a disciple of Jesus do in the face of injustice, discrimination and crime?" Here are a few suggestions from Jose Cortes Jr., North American Division associate ministerial director.
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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week
Sunset Mantis, Caldwell, Idaho Credit: Dennis G. Wahlman
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"Not Racist" Is Not Enough

I'd like to believe that growing up in a diverse community and being taught from birth that we are all equal would make me somehow immune from being racist. It doesn't. As a white American, I've always had the privileged option to leave the march literally and metaphorically and return to the sidelines. But I'm increasingly learning that there are no sidelines; there are no passive observers in this struggle.  'Not racist' inaction is racist action.

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