Rise Up! A WMJM Conference

Rise Up!A WMJM Conference*

Presidents Day Weekend 2017
Sheraton Airport Hotel, Portland, OR

Come be inspired and strengthened in mind and soul, for the work of Justice in the world!

Consider how justice issues and movements intersect each other with intercultural, multidisciplinary processes.

Beth Zemsky will lead the main part of the weekend, which will focus on building our movement of people who are passionate about justice in a lot of different areas. Beth has the ability to help people think intersectionally and will help move us to a new competence in intersectionality to strengthen our movement. More detail...

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the newest Western Jurisdiction Bishop, will help focus our hearts, spirits and commitments with her compelling preaching.

Special airport shuttle note to attendees: To access the shuttle from the airport to the Sheraton Airport Hotel, go to baggage claim and pick up a white phone on one of the posts. Ask for the Sheraton and request transportation. Shuttles arrive approximately every 15 minutes at Island 2 – cross from building to middle island. Best to call Sheraton and request shuttle.

Registration: after January 17: $175 Register Now!
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You will need to make your own hotel reservation; the Sheraton is now sold out.  at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon. You will need to use this special link to receive the discounted rate for the conference of $119 per night: Reserve your room now!

We will work on community organizing, expanding involvement, and financing the movement. We will focus on the intersectionalities and connections between our various causes and passions as we move forward as Western United Methodists. Have in mind a passion and issue you feel called to commit time and energy to! Come network with like-minded people!

Inspiring Worship and Music are also being planned.

Scholarship Information: The Western Methodist Justice Movement will be offering scholarships to cover expenses to allow participants to attend Rise Up! Uniting to Act for a More Just World, on February 17-20, 2017 at Sheraton Airport Hotel, in Portland, Oregon. Scholarships will be awarded after completed applications are received on January 12. All are encouraged to apply! We want to increase the diversity of voices at the table, so priority for scholarships will go to: 1. Young Adults (35 and Under) and 2. Racial/Ethnic participants. This is for the purpose of increasing the representation of young adult and ethnic voices at the table. Apply here.

Simplified Schedule

Friday, February, February 17

  • Registration opens at 4 p.m. (dinner on your own)
  • Bishop Karen Oliveto preaches opening worship at 7 p.m. and afterward hosts an informal gathering

Saturday, February 18

  • All Day session with Beth Zemsky (breakfast on your own)
  • Purchase group lunch and dinner on the registration page
  • Beth guides division into action network groups to begin applying what we've learned
  • Optional: Drama presentation and discussion of mass incarceration at 9

Sunday, February 19

  • (Breakfast on your own) Morning worship
  • Bishop Karen and 2 others share a Q&A panel
  • Action Network groups work
  • 11:45 to 4 p.m. -- free time to explore Portland and the surrounding area;
  • Optional workshop: Human Rights in Africa
  • Conference resumes with a choir concert at 4 p.m. by ICON and
  • Action Network groups work
  • Optional workshop: Human Rights in the Philippines
  • Purchase group dinner on the registration page

Monday, February 20

  • Continue action network group work (breakfast on your own)
  • Closing worship with communion to conclude by noon
  • Safe travels home

Final detailed schedule (PDF).

Choir Concert by ICON Young Adults

ICON is a unique education program which aims to bring the world together through service and music. The unique combination of international travel, service learning, Leadership development and performing arts offers students an unparalleled experience and a pathway to make a difference in the world, one community at a time. ICON: Inspiring young adults to make a difference in their world and bringing the world together through service and music.

Meals: Rise Up! offered three group meals - Saturday Lunch, Saturday Dinner, and Sunday Dinner. You can get all three at a discounted package price of $100. Or each meal may be ordered individually. All other meals are "on your own." The meal package is no longer available. and dietary preferences will be chosen on the Registration Page.

There are a number of options in the area for breakfast, including a hospitality room at the hotel, sponsored by WMJM and other justice groups. There are also numerous area food options that can be accessed on Friday evening and Sunday lunch.

Location: Sheraton Airport Hotel is located at 8235 Airport Way in Portland, Oregon. The hotel phone number is (503)281-2500. Parking will be free for hotel guests and those attending the Rise Up! event. If you are arriving at the Portland International Airport, there is a free shuttle to the hotel, or it is a short walk from the airport (turn left as you exit the baggage claim area).

Register Now! 
Remember to make your own hotel reservation at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon (sold out). You will need to use this special link to receive the discounted rate for the conference of $119 per night: Reserve your room now!


This conference is sponsored by the Western Methodist Justice Movement with thanks to the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference for their special partnership and to The Collins Foundation for their generous financial support to  provide scholarships and help in underwriting this event. The conference has also received support from Methodist Federation for Social Action chapters in Cal-Pac and Oregon-Idaho Conferences, as well as ethnic caucuses in the Western Jurisdiction to ensure that there will be a diversity of participants.

Flyers (PDF)