News for February 2019

New WWU Peer-reviewed E-journal to Cultivate Inclusivity in Education

The Walla Walla University Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) is launching a peer-reviewed e-journal to cultivate inclusivity by encouraging research and discussion within education. The CEED was formed in 2017 by faculty in the School of Education and Psychology to strengthen practices related to diversity and fairness in education.

WWU Class Officers

Walla Walla University junior and seniors classes announce 2019 class officers.

Senior class officers, College Place, Wash., campus:

(Front row, from left) Natalie Schmidt, business administration major and executive vice president; Andrew Yamada, electrical engineering major and president; Josephine Stubbs, health promotion major and secretary; and Dane Ocampo, bioengineering major and marketing vice president.

Oregon Leaders Ponder How to Love Well

February 21, 2019 / LGBT

In January 2019, the entire pastoral and educational team of the Oregon Conference set aside two days for a celebration of united ministry. Together as One, an annual two-day meeting, brings front-line conference employees together to discover new ways of working hand in hand rather than serving separately in nearby silos.

“Our pastors and our teachers are the frontline of ministry in the Oregon Conference,” says Dan Linrud, Oregon Conference president. “We are strongest when these men and women come together and work as one in ministry.”

God Works With Water for Life

February 20, 2019 / Tim Rasmussen / Missions and Outreach

The Lord has been doing great things through water for life for the people of Guatemala. Through the blessings of generous donations from many individuals — primarily Art and Jeanette Fry and their company, Fry Industries of Sprague River, Ore. — Water for Life was able to purchase, refurbish, ship and import a rotary drilling rig to assist the work in Guatemala. This machine can do in one day what it would take one of our old cable rigs two weeks to accomplish.

Poplar Members Thank God for Gift of Volunteers

During the Christmas season, church members found themselves thanking God for every volunteer who has given of themselves and their resources for supporting the building project in Poplar, Mont. For those who may not be familiar with the project, this new multiuse facility has been named the Living Hope Center and will serve as a local church in addition to providing a place for continued outreach to the people in and around the Fort Peck Reservation in eastern Montana.

Banana Box Bargains Holds Grand Opening

February 19, 2019 / Eve Rusk / community service

What happens when ideas, church members and an unstoppable force get together? At the Payette (Idaho) Church, it’s Banana Box Bargains.

The Payette Church has had a community services ministry for many years. Some members were looking for a different direction, something with more community contact. Enter Charleen Williams, wife of Howard Williams, the Payette Church pastor.

Sunnyside Holds International Day Celebration

Anticipation and eagerness was in the air, and people greeted each other with an extra sparkle in their eyes and warmth in their voices. Soon Sunnyside Church’s Jan. 26, 2019, church service in Portland, Ore., began with flags from 35 different countries proudly carried to the front of the church, each by someone who claimed that nationality. Most were thrilled to be dressed in traditional clothing from their nation, and each flag bearer was accompanied by someone carrying a Bible.