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Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Why do you search the scriptures? While the reasons we study and read the scriptures are numerous, there's one main reason to "search the scriptures."   As we search the scriptures, we're seeking to encounter God. The means of grace are ways to encounter God's love, so we can be transformed into the image of God. This week, explore how searching the scriptures is an opportunity to encounter God and experience hope.   Continue Reading and Listen to Episode 2... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
The 53rd Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference is fast approaching. Under the theme, Becoming, we will worship, hold celebrations of ministry, and care for the business of our annual conference. As we look forward to conferencing together, there are several details to make note of: Ordination, TODAY at 4 p.m. at Stonybrook United Methodist Church, Gahanna (In-person and live-streamed on Westohioumc.org and Facebook) Retirement Service, May 15 at 4... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Facebook Live Event: Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. EST for the launch of The Unfinished Church podcast We invite you to our Facebook Live event to learn more about the mission, the vision, and the “why” of The Unfinished Church podcast. Bishop Harvey will talk to our hosts, Bishops Easterling, McKee, and Palmer about how the podcast came together and their commitment to having the conversations needed to become an antiracist church through shared learning, practi... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
As the presence of the Taliban became more and more distressing, Irfan Ali Shah Akhundzada knew it was time to leave his home in Kabul, Afghanistan. “The Taliban has wiped out business opportunities,” said the husband and father of five. “Some people are begging in the street.” Akhundzada decided to head to Ohio to create a new home for his family after hearing how nice it was from a friend living in the state. With a career working with the U.S. Agency for... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
“I gained a much better understanding of the many ways God ‘speaks’ in and through people and learned that rarely is it through words. I learned that discernment is a process and rarely a definitive answer.” – Shelley Eden, participant The 2022 West Ohio Laity Discernment Retreats, held in February and March, brought together 14 lay persons for virtual fellowship, prayer, and discernment. Led by Kim LaRue and Deaconess Kris Shoaf, Laity Discernment Retreats ta... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio encourages clergy to take the Generous Church Leadership Course offered by Discipleship Ministries. The course helps clergy develop their understanding and confidence for leading congregations toward growth in generosity. The first five WOC clergy who contact the Foundation about their intention to enroll will receive a coupon code to receive a free Early Bird course fee! Please contact Susan Black at sblack [at] wo... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
United Methodists will gather for worship, attend Bible studies and join in ministries such as housing the homeless and feeding the hungry on May 1 as they do most Sundays.  That same day, organizers of the Global Methodist Church plan to mark the official launch of their new, theologically conservative breakaway denomination. But don’t expect things in the 13-million member, international United Methodist Church to look much different come Monday morning.  B... continue reading
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
The means of grace are wonderful ways to encounter God and grow in your relationship with Jesus. Sometimes, however, we confuse the means with the end. Join us this week to explore a few misunderstandings around the means of grace. Continue Reading and Listen to Episode 228
Tuesday, Apr 26, 2022
The 53rd Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference is fast approaching. Under the theme, Becoming, we will worship, hold celebrations of ministry, and care for the business of our annual conference. As we look forward to conferencing together, there are several details to make note of: Ordination, May 10 at 4 p.m. at Stonybrook United Methodist Church, Gahanna (In-person and live-streamed on Westohioumc.org and Facebook) Retirement Service, May 15 at... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 26, 2022
The Unfinished Church is a new podcast focusing on the holy work of antiracism hosted by United Methodist Bishops LaTrelle Easterling, Michael McKee, and Gregory Palmer. The first episode premieres Thursday May 19! Guests include Brian McLaren, Nadia Bolz-Weber Opal Lee, Eboo Patel, Fred Shaw and Willie Jennings. Tune in every other Thursday on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Anchor, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit theunfinishedchurch.org t... continue reading