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Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
In early May, the Rev. Curnell Graham and his leadership team planned a return to worship on June 7 in the parking lot of Christ United Methodist Church, Columbus. The lead pastor of Christ UMC, Graham is a collaborator who loves to share gifts of worship. For this service, Graham partnered with a local gospel band, “4 His Purpose,” to lead the music for worship. “The Christ worship team lead and carried our Facebook Live worship for months,” Graham said. “This... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
In our previous edition of Newsnet, we shared how West Ohio United Methodists have been moved to participate in peaceful protests and in the ministry of presence. This week we complete our two-part series of the incredible witness of West Ohio leadership during tense, yet hopeful times of change. Columbus Couple Blankets City in Prayer In the parking lot of Wesley Church of Hope United Methodist Church, Columbus, you can find Myrissa Ferguson fervently praying... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
What was once a dream is now a reality. Lupandilo Hospital in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo, is filled with new beds, supplies and equipment. Doctors and nurses have the tools they need for the ministry to which they have been called and trained. Babies are delivered, surgeries are performed and patients are diagnosed and treated for a wide variety of illnesses. Bishop Mande Muyombo of the North Katanga Annual Conference of the North Katanga Episcopal Ar... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
Pivot. Adjust. Adapt. Yeah, yeah. But how, when you can’t even go inside? On Thursday, July 16, 12:00-1:30 pm, join our panel of practitioners who have led the way in shifting their models for ministry and programming so they can continue serving those inside our Ohio prisons. Including ODRC administrators, our panel will provide guidance and tips for sustaining efforts from the outside in, building capacity for remote engagement, and what you should be thinkin... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
Last week, in the episode of Faith & Works: Conversations that move us to action, we heard from West Ohio Conference Lay Leader, Mitchell Harper. This week we feature an essay of Harper’s reflections of these times of tension and change. Harper represents more than 140,000 laity in the West Ohio Conference.
Friday, Jun 19, 2020
Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom Join us here or on Facebook as our United Methodist bishops announce the launch of a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice.
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
Episode 3 Today’s episode of Faith & Works: Conversations that move us to action features West Ohio Conference Lay Leader, Mitchell Harper and Bishop Gregory V. Palmer. They discuss courageous conversations, racism and the church. Harper represents more than 140,000 laity in the West Ohio Conference.
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
In recent weeks, West Ohio United Methodists have been moved to participate in peaceful protests and in the ministry of presence. Individuals and congregations have stepped up and spoken out about racism and violence around the state. This is the first of a two part article.  Obeying the Holy Spirit During Social Unrest Three days before Pentecost Sunday is the celebration of the Feast of Weeks, commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery un... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
COVID-19 impacted our lives in ways we had never seen. Our homeless ministries were no exception. In early June, the Rev. Mary Sullivan became aware that homeless people were not being fed. As Sullivan walked into St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Toledo one Wednesday, she was encountered by a homeless woman who asked what she was drinking. After Sullivan responded, "iced tea," the woman asked boldly if she could have a drink because she was so thirsty. The... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
I work at a large, 300-plus bed hospital in Columbus, Ohio. My primary assignment is in the emergency department, where we average around 2,500 traumas and 80,000 to 90,000 patient visits a year. The last time I had a chance to write was Easter morning, and it is hard to believe all that has happened in the past seven weeks. The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on so many facets of life. Worldwide, over 350,000 people have died. In the past week, we passed 100,... continue reading