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Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020
The 51st session of the West Ohio Conference will undoubtedly be different than any of recent memory. After much research, discernment, and prayer and for the safety of our clergy and members, the Annual Conference Planning Team has decided to host a virtual meeting on Saturday, September 12. Our theme selected 4 years ago, is “Be not afraid. God is with us.” We will begin with Opening Worship and then proceed to conference business. With this new experience co... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
The upcoming July 4th holiday has many of us in the United States thinking about our nation's history. What does it mean to celebrate the Fourth of July when we haven't yet realized #JusticeForBreonna? How can we sing about the "land of the free" when we still hear George Floyd crying out for his mama? Many of us are wrestling with how we can most faithfully understand and interpret the realities of this present moment, both for ourselves and for our congregati... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in how we work, shop, socialize, and communicate. We've had to learn ways to adapt to this new way of life- masks, social distancing, and all the Zoom calls (AH!). While these adaptations work for some, they have created additional barriers to communication for others. Consider someone who is Deaf, trying to read lips through a mask or find an interpreter for every Zoom call! This brief 30-minute video, created by GCORR, offers prac... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
One of the books in my seminary Church Planting course was titled, A Church for Every Context, by Mike Moynaugh. In it, the author states that: “Church no longer has the option, if it ever had, of relating to people as if they were all the same…Contextualizing the church is the attempt to be church in ways that are both faithful to Jesus and appropriate to the people the church serves….” Overall, this has been very challenging for our denomination as we have te... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
Each month, West Ohio Conference joins together in prayer for a specific ministry or mission focus. This month, our prayers acknowledge the loss and grief many of us feel during this time of unrest. Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trou... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
On June 19th, The Ohio River Valley District mobilized United Methodists in solidarity with African-Americans who have suffered from racism. The ORV district hopes to mobilize United Methodists in support of substantive changes for racial justice and equity locally and nationally.
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
About this time last year, my husband and I (both clergy) were unpacking boxes in our new home in a new district. We were serving the same church but were excited about different opportunities that might come with the move. While meeting with my new District Superintendent, I was told about an open position that sounded a lot like what I had been praying for. A month later, I was sitting in a conference room for my interview. As the interview was coming to a cl... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
After COVID-19 hit, our family was disappointed that vacation plans had to be canceled. We were excited to see that Camp Wesley was offering a socially-distanced Family Camp. Our experience exceeded our expectations! Ashlee, the Camp Wesley director, was there to guide our time and keep us safe while we enjoyed paddle boarding, lake swimming on Adventure Island, and canoeing. We also enjoyed being unplugged with our family as we fished, played nine square, bask... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
Two college students are building an international partnership that they hope will help to fill major gaps in the delivery of primary health care to millions of people on the continent of Africa. Munyaradzi Chakonda, a freshman business management major at Africa University, and Jon Schulder, a sophomore history major at Yale University, met at Yale in 2017. Both were participating in the Yale Young Global Scholars program. Since then, they have co-founded a co... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
Episode 4 Today’s episode of Faith and Works features Bishop Palmers’ conversation with Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly regarding a public letter from the Southeastern Jurisdiction Bishops. In part, it states “As White American Bishops, we stand up and stand with our Black Bishops in the Church who have consistently named and called out the systemic and sinful practice of discrimination that has been pervasive in the United States since the f... continue reading