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Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Several local churches and pastors from the Foothills District of The West Ohio Conference have joined together to promote healthy habits in their congregations through the new Walk with a Pastor initiative. In partnering with the Walk with a Doc program, churches in Morgan County and the Zanesville area are becoming healthier simply by taking a walk with their pastors. Pastor Elizabeth Reed from Malta United Methodist Church led the first walk on the first Thu... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
Beneath the Arch that symbolizes the U.S. Gateway to the West, more than 820 General Conference delegates worked to open a gateway in the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate. But after four days of prayers, speeches, protests and votes, it remains to be seen whether The United Methodist Church has found a way forward or remains stuck. “It was our aspiration that we would find a way forward beyond our impasse. That was to try to really listen to people... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
A workshop entitled, "House of Worship and Community Safety in Today's Environment," will be held on Friday, March 22, from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm at Church of the Ascension, 2025 Woodman Dr., Dayton, OH. It is important for faith communities, other community groups and individuals to partner with first responders to develop and improve awareness in order to act to prevent crime and address emergency situations. This workshop is designed for faith community nurses... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award, sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism, honors United Methodists in each Annual Conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. What distinguishes a Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient is the commitment to consistently introduce others to the Good News of Jesus Christ in all ministry settings. Their ministry is exceptional for the number of new... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
Kids aren't the only ones who need camp. Sometimes adults need a getaway too! That is why a special retreat has been planned at Camp Otterbein to cater to those who love to cook. The first ever Otterbein Culinary Retreat is planned for March 29-31. Participants will spend the weekend cooking, baking, and tasting new foods while enjoying spring beauty on Camp Otterbein's picturesque campus. You will earn timesaving and prepare ahead techniques, and even prepare... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
After hours of delaying tactics by opponents, the United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384. A last-ditch effort to bring the One Church Plan back was defeated in the morning and was followed by efforts to amend the Traditional Plan to address constitutionality issues raised by the Judicial Council, the church’s top court. The Rev. Tim McClendon, South Carolina, called for a vote on the Traditional Plan as amended... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019
After approving the Traditional Plan in the morning, General Conference delegates spent the afternoon debating and ultimately voting against the One Church Plan and the Simple Plan. Delegates opposed the bishops’ recommended One Church Plan by a vote of 436 to 386. The vote was 53 to almost 47 percent. Delegates also voted against moving forward with the Simple Plan, submitted by the unofficial United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus, by a vote of 494 to 323. D... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019
A long, emotional day of General Conference, with telling though not final votes, left those wanting fuller inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church admitting discouragement. They witnessed the defeat in legislative committee of the One Church Plan, which would have allowed U.S. churches and conferences to decide whether to host same-sex unions and ordain openly gay persons as clergy.  “There are a lot of crestfallen faces,” said John Hannifan... continue reading
Monday, Feb 25, 2019
(Created by the Spiritual Health Subgroup of the Bishop’s Clergy Wellness Task Force, November 2018) What Is Renewal Leave? A renewal leave is a planned time to move outside the normal demands of pastoral leadership in order to make space for God to bring renewal. It’s the renewal that is needed for moving forward in life and ministry with increased health spiritually, physically, emotionally, and as a visionary spiritual leader. The specifics will look as dif... continue reading
Monday, Feb 25, 2019
United Methodists from all points of the globe spent six hours in prayer for the church before beginning the 2019 General Conference’s hard work of reviewing church policy regarding homosexuality. Prayers led by United Methodist bishops asked for guidance and courage. By midday, there had been no reference to LGBTQ people and that concern was voiced by those who support changing church policies concerning homosexuality. The second half of the prayer day began... continue reading