Rise Up! Conference Boosts Movement-Building

"There is an empathy deficit in this country," said Bishop Karen Oliveto, as she addressed over 150 attendees from 17 Annual Conferences and 20 ethnicities attending the "Rise Up!" conference sponsored by the Western Methodist Justice Movement held in Portland over Presidents Day weekend. Bishop Karen is the newly-elected bishop of the Western Jurisdiction and serves the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and one church in Idaho). In her keynote sermon, she went on to describe how groups are triangulated against one another, defining who's in and who's out, building walls to keep others out, and thus "othering" those who are different.

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Rise Up! A Call For Bold Action!

Registration Now Open!
Rise Up! Uniting to Act for a More Just World

February 17-20, 2017
Sheraton Airport Hotel, Portland, OR
 
Come be inspired and strengthened in mind and soul
for the work of justice in the world!

We urge you to register now for Rise Up: Uniting to Act for a More Just World. This important conference will gather Justice Seekers from across the United Methodist Connection and beyond to form a powerful movement for justice, wholeness, and peace within the church and the wider society. It will take place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon during the 2017 Presidents Day weekend (February 17-20).

Rise Up is a call for bold action! During the initial stages of planning for this conference, we anticipated calling it A Movement Forward – Connecting Our Causes for God's Kin-dom's Sake. But, as we reflected on the troubling changes taking place in our church and society, we quickly realized that we needed to do more than just ‘move forward’ and ‘connect.’ We needed to RISE UP to “renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness” and “reject the evil powers of this world.” We needed to RISE UP to “accept the freedom and power that God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” We needed to RISE UP to follow and serve Jesus as our Savior and our Sovereign.

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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!

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