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Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
The global mission agency of The United Methodist Church will return to the Wyandotte Native American Nation a small tract of land in Ohio. The tribe deeded the land to the church 175 years ago to protect its sanctity when the federal government forced them off their last reservation in the state. Once returned, likely next fall, the plot at Upper Sandusky will be the first land in Ohio owned by the Wyandotte since they were driven out in 1844 by the federal go... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
As Mark Stamm, a professor at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, is fond of saying, “We always baptize babies.” What does he mean by that? That we require every baby to be baptized? That we do not baptize children, youth or adults? Or that it’s too late to be baptized if you weren’t baptized as an infant? No. He means that at whatever chronological age we are baptized, we are always, at that moment, babies or new creatures in Christ. United Methodists are... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
In a village so thick with red dirt that the palm trees bear a rusty hue, a fresh burst of color beckons people from near and far. A new United Methodist church — painted an almost-iridescent green — fills with worshippers eager to sing their love of Jesus. Even with its bright exterior, the building is unpretentious. A plastic roof keeps out the rain. Open windows let in the breeze. Wooden pews provide a place to sit and hear the word. But when Zacharie Aka lo... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
United Methodists were among more than two dozen people arrested while trying to block the removal of an unauthorized immigrant who had taken sanctuary in a North Carolina church. Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, had taken refuge in CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, for 11 months while applying to remain in the United States to care for his ill wife. He left the church Nov. 23 to meet with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Morrisvil... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
Recently in Columbus, a delegation composed of several United Methodist Women conferences joined forces with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, the National Farm Worker Ministry, the Student Farm Worker Alliance, the Alliance for Fair Food, Ohio Fair Food, and women leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) as they called on Wendy's, the last holdout of the five major fast food companies, to sign a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immo... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
You are cordially invited to an Open House in celebration of the renovation of the West Ohio Conference Center on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Bishop Palmer will lead devotion at 11:45 am. Please RSVP by calling (614) 844-6200 or (800) 437-0028. Click here for the invitation.
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018
Eleven representatives from West Ohio's All In Community initiative joined more than 350 judges, prisoners, educators, preachers and criminal justice professionals from 20 states in Nashville for the National Prison Summit. The focus for this year's Summit was dismantling mass incarceration. Over three days, Summit workshops, field trips, and large group gatherings focused on subjects ranging from solitary confinement to toxic stress's impact on brain developme... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018
Would you like to learn more about the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference but aren't sure where to look? This page on The West Ohio Conference website is full of information about the February 23-26, 2019 meeting. Meet West Ohio's delegates, pray for the Special Session, read about each of the proposed models, and even pre-register as a guest! You can also find the registration link for Bishop Palmer's Way Forward Gatherings. These gatherings will i... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018
United Methodist Student Day is coming up soon on November 25, and now you have the resources to tell others about it! The United Methodist Student Day Pastor and Leaders' Kit has been updated with all new free resources, available for download here. Posters, bulletin inserts, videos, social media images, and even preaching helps are available. Funds collected on United Methodist Student Day help provide scholarships for students who otherwise would be unable t... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018
It seems like each week we hear or read about a disaster doing major damage to some area of the United States or the world. Just recently, hurricanes battered some parts of the southern United States. Here in West Ohio, we've had our share of major storm damage over the last 10 years - from tornadoes to flooding to high winds. In each case, homes have been damaged or destroyed and lives lost. Does your congregation have a disaster plan? A way to help members pr... continue reading