With General Conference over, our work begins now
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Greater NW Communications
2w ago
With General Conference over, our work begins now A pastoral message from Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth offers an informative and inspiring message for United Methodists in the Greater Northwest, highlighting several legislative accomplishments of a historic General Conference. His message connects the work of the delegates to the upcoming annual conference season, changes to the episcopacy in the jurisdiction, and our ongoing ministry in the Greater Northwest Area. Watch Now Download Video The post With General Conference over, our work begins now appeared first ..read more
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A pastoral letter from Bishop Cedrick on the eve of the scheduled execution in Idaho of Thomas E. Creech
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Cedrick Bridgeforth
3M ago
*Thomas Creech is a prisoner at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution outside of Boise and is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 10 a.m., local time.* Thomas Eugene Creech is a child of God who was created in the image and likeness of God.  Life is a gift and blessing from our Creator. Life is not ours to take nor end. Even as the state determines it has the power to end a life, that does not mean it has the right, nor does that make it right. We have power and how much more powerful is life and love than damnation and death?   I have not ..read more
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Pastoral Letter: Peace is our work, everywhere
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Cedrick Bridgeforth
8M ago
Pastoral Letter: Peace is our work, everywhere Many people say, “We can’t find goodness anywhere.      The light of your face has left us, Lord!” But you have filled my heart with more joy      than when their wheat and wine are everywhere! I will lie down and fall asleep in peace      because you alone, Lord, let me live in safety. Psalm 4:6-8, CEB My family still resides in and around Decatur, Alabama. If you search Decatur, Alabama, you will learn that before the conflict in Palestine-Israel escalated to all-out war, Steve Perkins ..read more
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M.I.L.E. – 2023 Annual Conference Sermons
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Greater NW Communications
1y ago
M.I.L.E. – 2023 Annual Conference Sermons by Cedrick D. Bridgeforth Throughout the 2023 Annual Conference season across the Greater Northwest Area, Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth offered a series of messages to provide direction to the area. Service of Installation Sermon – Transcript May 20, 2023 (43 mins) – Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth was installed as the resident bishop of the Greater Northwest Episcopal (GNW) Area of The United Methodist Church during a worship service held at Aldersgate UMC in Juneau, Alaska. The GNW Area includes the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Annual ..read more
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An Epiphany message from the WJ College of Bishops
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Greater NW Communications
1y ago
The Western Jurisdiction’s College of Bishops offers a short video message for Epiphany. In it, they reflect on the season of change underway in The United Methodist Church and the promise reflected in the generosity and grace of ministries across the region as faithful disciples “respond to God’s call to be nurturing communities, ministries and churches where love lives.” Churches are encouraged to share this message and can download it for use in their local settings. The video features Bishops Karen Oliveto of the Mountain Sky Conference, Interim Bishop Sally Dyck of the California-Nevada ..read more
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Beyond Weapons of War
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Greater NW Communications
1y ago
Beyond Weapons of War Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 November 22, 2022 Friends in Christ, Thanksgiving is Thursday and Advent starts next Sunday. My heart is anguished after the murders at Club Q in Colorado Springs last weekend. In “barely a minute,” five people died, 17 others were shot, and two others were injured. The 22-year-old shooter, carrying an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, stalked his prey in a place people came for sanctuary from anti-LGBTQIA+ hatred. They were unarmed in an enclosed space, like sitting ducks or fish in a barrel. No one has the right ..read more
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Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop of the Greater NW Area
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Kristen Caldwell
1y ago
Growing up in rural Alabama, it was Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth’s grandparents who made sure he got to church – even on the days he didn’t want to be there. But it was in the church, Lakeview United Methodist and Oakville Baptist churches that he found purpose – even on the hard days. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and earning a bachelor’s degree in religion from Samford University and a master of divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology, he has found the joy, purpose and calling that led him to become a newly-elected bishop in The United Methodist Church. “Hopefully, people can s ..read more
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Kristina Gonzalez to serve as GNW Executive Director for Innovation and Vitality
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Kristen Caldwell
2y ago
Kristina Gonzalez to serve as GNW Executive Director for Innovation and Vitality Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has named Kristina Gonzalez Executive Director for Innovation and Vitality for the Greater Northwest Area. Gonzalez will continue to work with Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, Director of Innovation for an engaged church. The Innovation Vitality (IV) Team supports local churches, innovation projects and boards and agencies to continue to embrace inclusion, innovation and multiplication as practices of Christian discipleship that are core to vital ministry in the region. Gonzalez will step into th ..read more
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Mensaje de Pascua de Resurrección de parte de la Obispa Elaine | jueves, 14 de abril de 2022
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Elaine Stanovsky
2y ago
“La muerte ha sido devorada por la victoria. ¿Dónde está, oh muerte, tu victoria? ¿Dónde está, oh muerte, tu aguijón?”                                                          1 Corintios 15:54b-55 Amados en Dios, Este es un pasaje bíblico muy fuerte. Hemos estado en la sombra de la muerte. Sentimos el aguijón. En la sala de urgencias hospitalarias En las calles devastadas por la guerra Mientras vemos a nuestros vecinos como acechan a los que  es ..read more
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An Easter message from Bishop Elaine
Greater NW Area of The UMC
by Elaine Stanovsky
2y ago
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?” – 1 Corinthians 15:54b-55 Beloved of God, This is a hard scripture. We have stood in the shadow of death. We feel its sting. In hospital emergency rooms On war-torn streets As neighbors stalk joggers In a smoke-choked subway station As storm, flood and wildfire snatch the innocent. Death’s shadows – sorrow, fear, anger, despair – darken our days. How can we sing “Alleluia” when death is as close as your phone and the TV?  On Easter morning, I will look toward the east. The sun ..read more
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