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Monday, Jan 13, 2020
The Ethnic Young Adult Internship (EYA) program from the General Board of Church & Society is designed for young justice-seekers who want to unpack their faith and identity. EYAs are placed with partner organizations working to address social injustices. They also participate in seminars that look at a wide variety of social issues through a faith perspective and help them gain an understanding of The United Methodist Church's commitment to social holiness.... continue reading
Monday, Jan 13, 2020
We know John Wesley brought revival to 18th-century England and started the Methodist Movement. We know him as a great preacher and a greater organizer. But few of us realize that Wesley made enormous sums from preaching--the sale of his writings made him one of England's wealthiest men. If you google John Wesley's Net Worth, the calculation over his lifetime is $50M in dollars. In an age when a single man could live comfortably on 30 pounds a year, his annual... continue reading
Monday, Jan 13, 2020
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
Monday, Jan 13, 2020
The West Ohio Conference will hold an Early Response Team (ERT) training on Saturday, March 14, 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Bellefontaine First UMC. ERT volunteers provide support in disaster response situations and must go through specific training with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). This ensures that ERT volunteers will be productive and caring while causing no further harm or burden on the affected community. Topics covered in the class include the who... continue reading
Monday, Jan 13, 2020
West Ohio Conference "Traction Tracks" are short burst training events to help your congregation gain traction and begin to move forward towards new vitality. West Ohio's Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI), a focused training/coaching/resourcing initiative of the Episcopal office and cabinet that has included several dozen congregations and pastors over the last few years, has identified a number of key components that we've seen can provide a cong... continue reading
Friday, Jan 10, 2020
The panel interview, conducted by UM News, will be streamed on UMNews.org beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time. It can be viewed at https://youtu.be/q2wZQyAjU6M. The panel discussion will last approximately one hour and will be recorded and archived on the site. The panelists will describe how they developed the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, a proposal that they are working to have drafted as legislation and sent to Gen... continue reading
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020
A few months ago, United Methodist leaders trying to break the denomination's long, divisive impasse over homosexuality sought help from a famous lawyer-mediator. Kenneth Feinberg — who oversaw the 9/11 victims' compensation fund — not only agreed, he said he'd do it for free. A Feinberg-mediated proposal for The United Methodist Church, titled "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation," went public last week and made international news. Some o... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In January, we pray for the people of Mexico and the ministries of health and wholeness supported by volunteers from West Ohio. For over 20 years, West Ohio has been sending medical teams to Mexico. Each year, six different teams partner with Manos Juntas, a licensed Methodist healthcare ministry. The clinic is mo... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
Summer sounds like a great idea these days. Camp registration is open as of January 2 to get your choice(s) of camps. An early registration also allows the family to set-up a monthly payment plan to stretch out the cost. Financial assistance is also available and can work alongside a payment plan. Summer Guides are in the mail and also on our website at westohiocamps.org. Call 614-781-2630 if you need a guide or two, or more.
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
Since childhood, I have been convinced and committed to the power of prayer, which is the miraculous reality of God's living presence and responsiveness in the intimacy of conversation with each of us, and all of us together. I have seen repeatedly that it changes everything-especially me! But since the start of my season in vocational ministry as a clergy I've discovered in the church that prayer is often ensconced with myths, misperceptions and assumptions th... continue reading