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Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
Many churches will be missing the ear-splitting squeals, messy spills, sweet singing, enthusiastic clapping, stomping and joyous laughter of children running through the halls during vacation Bible school this summer. But, the children won't miss being introduced to Jesus or hearing stories from the Bible taught by caring Christian mentors. Vacation Bible school is a cherished event in the life of churches and the hearts of children but COVID-19 is changing... continue reading
Friday, Jun 12, 2020
For Christ is our peace… he has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.- Ephesians 2:14 The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25 has rocked our nation and world and pierced us to the core.  The video image seared into our minds, hearts and souls is horrific, terrifying, disgusting and outrageous.  While we’ve each made commitments and statements in our respective areas along with m... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
In this session of Faith & Works: Conversations that move us to action, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer speaks with Rev. Dr. Joni Sancken, Associate Professor of Homiletics at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  A member of the Academy of Homiletics, Dr. Sancken is the author of "Words that Heal: Preaching Hope to Wounded Souls." Her interests include theological approaches to preaching, women preachers, preaching about the cross and resurrection and pre... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
Those living in the United States exist in a culture permeated with racial bias. We may not be able to avoid racism, but we don't have to accept it. If God's kingdom is to come, and God's will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven, things need to change. We United Methodists can be agents of that transformation by changing our beliefs, changing our actions, and working to change the world.** Changing Beliefs About Race Becoming an agent of transformati... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
The Rev. Gregory Holston spent Sunday afternoon rallying people for justice at a peaceful demonstration outside Philadelphia's City Hall. The next night, June 1, he joined fellow United Methodists and law enforcement officials by Zoom to organize for justice long-term. "You can talk about police reform, and you can talk about police accountability and I believe in all of those things," Holston said on Zoom. "But the reality is that every police department is re... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
We know we are missing each other and Summer camp. While we can’t have fun in person, we’re creating a series of videos to share some of our favorite camp activities and faith-filled moments with you. Videos will be released from June 8-July 24 around the theme, "Love God - Love Others".   Mondays- Camp pastors will share a message.   Wednesdays and Fridays - Camp staff will share games, songs, and activities that you can do by yourself or with your fam... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. This special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. Here in West Ohio, 50% of the Peace with Justice Offe... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries of The United Methodist Church. In June, we pray for all people affected by the realities of racism. Racism is not dead. In fact, racism is an everyday reality. Often this racism goes unnoticed, like the Black child who is never considered for the gifted program at school or the White woman who crosses the street when she sees a Black man walking towards her. Much of the time, rac... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
As this COVID-19 crisis continues, the Ohio Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is providing confidential telephonic and videoconferencing counseling options to support West Ohio Conference members, spouses, and dependent family members. WOC members, spouses, and dependents can also call for brief phone support - no appointment necessary to speak with a clinician for emotional support by phone during business hours M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. In a time when man... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
The West Ohio Conference recently provided a $100,000 grant to the Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP) of The United Methodist Church. The funds will provide support to organizations already active in helping Native communities combat COVID-19. Native tribes in the southwest United States have been hit hard by the coronavirus, particularly the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. In fact, Navajo Nation has the highest per capita infection rate of any place in... continue reading