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Sunday, Dec 9, 2018
Baruch 5:1 & 45:1 Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God. . . .5:4 For God will give you evermore the name, "Righteous Peace, Godly Glory." Baruch is a book that is in the Catholic Bible but in the Apocrypha section of the Protestant Bible.  The person, Baruch was the prophet Jeremiah’s scribe.  Jeremiah prophesied in the 6th century BC in the time immediately before and after the... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
Fierce is a gathering for women who lead spiritually and professionally within the church. This conference will provide a safe space, support and encouragement from those who have "been there and yet still do that" with tough love challenges, tools and a network that will help women clergy and other women church leaders rediscover their call and thrive in the industry that's responsible for sharing God's love. This two-day event will feature keynote speaker Jo... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
Good Works has been a Community of HOPE in rural Appalachian Ohio since 1981.  They are currently seeking interns who want to grow in their love for God and love for others as they reach out to people struggling with poverty. Good Works' 9-week Summer Service Internship provides participants with room and board and a stipend, and runs from June 9 to August 10, 2019. They are currently accepting applications and inquiries for all of their internships. Click here... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
The Kamisamba Farm in the North Katanga Episcopal Area is helping to breathe new life into agricultural production in the D.R. Congo. In addition to being a working farm, Kamisamba also provides trainings to farmers from different communities on crop production, animal husbandry, marketing, and monitoring and evaluation. After the training, community trainers are then allocated to the different areas to monitor progress and act as a resource. Many lives have be... continue reading
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
Sunday, Dec 2, 2018
Psalm 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD! This might be the most hopeful verse in the entire Bible!    In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, Elizabeth’s sister Jane asks her how she can marry Mr. Darcy when just a year ago she thought him proud and unbearable.  Elizabeth replies that she did think that then but now she loves him. She goes on to say, “But... 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