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Tuesday, May 31, 2022
United Methodists are stepping up to provide support and prayer after a horrific shooting at a Texas elementary school that took the lives of at least 19 children and two teachers. Even as they pray for grieving families and a traumatized community, many in the church are also asking in the words of Psalm 13: “How long, Oh Lord, how long?” “Our hearts are broken for the people of Uvalde, Texas,” said Bishop Robert Schnase, whose area includes Uvalde, in a May... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Annual Conference is this week, Friday, June 3 and Saturday June 4. This year's Annual Conference Offering will support the UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery Fund! Nearly three months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the war shows no signs of ending peacefully. The official civilian death toll in Ukraine is over 3,300, with another 3,600 wounded, but actual numbers are likely much higher. In the face of such destruction, UMCOR and The United Met... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Thousands of women gathered in Orange County, Florida for the United Women in Faith Women’s Assembly on May 20-22, 2022. Under the theme, Turn it Up, this event was filled with community service, worship, fellowship and strategies for new ways faith-filled women can make a difference in the world. On Friday, five West Ohio Deaconesses were consecrated by Bishop Tracy Smith Malone at Assembly. Jody Harter Stevens, Cheryl Bender, Beth Vanoli, Katelin Hansen, and... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
The last two years have been marked with a pandemic, inflation, violence and racism. The mental and emotional impact of navigating these society ills have led to burnout for many. In the Maumee Watershed District, one church decided to gather women together to address the burnout felt by many women in the community. These are matters of the heart. Under the urging of the Rev. Cecil J. F. Thompson, Kathy Moore Moore and Braden’s United Women in Faith’s chairper... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
In the upcoming episode of the Unfinished Church Podcast, you will hear from Eboo Patel as he shares on the topic Examining Our Perceptions, discussing the dangers of projecting one’s values onto others and the sacred work of building intercultural relationships Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith America, Hosted by United Methodist Bishops LaTrelle Easterling, Michael McKee, and Gregory Palmer, this podcast is a place for discussion, learning a... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The West Ohio Conference welcomes Rev. Dernard D. Newell as the new Director of Diversity and Belonging. With nearly a decade of professional experience as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) professional, he will join the staff on July 18. “I am encouraged and inspired that the Rev. Newell will be coming among us to continue, support and deepen our work as a community of disciples of Jesus Christ who are doing the work required to deconstruct... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Are you or your congregation experiencing a pastoral transition this year? If so, make sure to check out the Resources for Pastoral Transitions course now available on the West Ohio Learning Platform. Our West Ohio Regional Missional Specialist team has prepared a new video highlighting key dimensions of navigating transition of pastoral leadership in a local church. They have also gathered a collection of excellent resources on pastoral transition from a vari... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
It’s time to get excited! Registration is open for a summer filled with fun, faith, and friendship at West Ohio Camps. Our camps are designed to appeal to a wide array of interests and include everything from horses and treehouses to performing arts and scaling boulders. Recently added is Mission Camp, an opportunity for groups who want an experience of completing a mission project and visiting a mission partner. For more information, click here. To follow ca... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, more than 6 million refugees have fled Ukraine, and at least that many have moved from eastern Ukraine farther west to escape the violence. UMCOR funds are assisting local community shelters in southeastern and western Ukraine. UMCOR operational grants are supporting the efforts of United Methodists in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania to welcome and care for refugees, many of whom are women and childre... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
God used three major events to provide Howard Longfellow a kingdom-building life: a shorter train ride, a chance encounter and a love for his adopted hometown. Longfellow grew up in Baltimore, where he attended Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Toward the end of his senior year in high school, his father encouraged him to apply to an engineering school in the Midwest. At 16, Longfellow researched train schedules to cities in the Midwest and decided to atten... continue reading