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Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
Please join together in welcoming the return of Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and his wife, Cynthia, to West Ohio. Bishop Palmer has been the Resident Bishop of the Ohio West Area since 2012. With his reassignment at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference last week, he will remain resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference for the remainder of this quadrennium, until August 31, 2024. He was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional Confere... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
After electing 13 new bishops during their Nov. 2-5 meetings, the denomination’s five U.S. jurisdictional conferences announced episcopal assignments effective Jan. 1. Jurisdictional leaders recommended electing 14 new bishops; however, the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference voted to suspend its rules and delay the election of a second bishop until the 2024 jurisdictional conference. The elections bring the number of active U.S. bishops to 39, but the U.S.... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The Commission on the General Conference announced today that the 2024 United Methodist General Conference will be held April 23 – May 3, 2024, at Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. “The Commission selected Charlotte as the site that best met our varied needs. We believe that delegates and attendees will be pleased with all the city has to offer,” said Kim Simpson, Chair of the Commission on the General Conference. “Charlotte is a part o... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The five jurisdictional conferences — meeting simultaneously across the U.S. — elected a new class of United Methodist bishops that includes a higher percentage of women and people of color than previous election cycles. The 13 new U.S. bishops, who take office Jan. 1, are taking the helm as The United Methodist Church faces the ongoing fallout of a global pandemic and a slow-motion separation after decades of debate on LGBTQ inclusion. Council of Bishops Pre... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio held its annual Non-Profit Partners Summit at the West Ohio Conference Center in Worthington last week. The Non-Profit Partners Summit is an educational and informational opportunity for United Methodist-related 501(C)3 organizations. Close to twenty organizations participated in this hybrid event including New Path, Wesley Chapel Mission Center, Family Promise of Delaware and Short North UMC. Susan Black, Executiv... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
For the third year in a row, the West Ohio Conference and its community partners convened the Ohio reentry community at the Building Bridges Community Experience, on October 12-13. Over 400 reentry allies, criminal justice professionals, community service providers, ministry volunteers, and returning neighbors gathered in-person and online to focus on creating more safe, stable housing and meaningful employment for and with our neighbors coming home from an inc... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
Africa University has a major role to play in the development of the continent, said the keynote speaker at the United Methodist institution’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Michael Ugwueke, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee, lauded the university’s accomplishments during the Oct. 22 festivities, while also acknowledging room for growth.  “Let us look forward to all that might be accomplished in the... continue reading
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022
Let's talk about church leadership. It's not always easy. Church leadership is not always fun. But it can be filled with joy.    Explore the context and relationship of church leadership and consider how church leadership is filled with joy, blessing, and overseeing others in ministry. And be reminded that church leadership always begins by following Jesus.   Continue Reading and Listen to Episode 254
Friday, Oct 28, 2022
The North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will convene in Fort Wayne, Indiana November 2-5, 2022, under the theme We Press On.  Please pray for the West Ohio Delegation and Bishop Gregory V. Palmer as they gather with other episcopal leaders and delegates across the jurisdiction for a time of worship and collective discernment regarding the election of episcopal leadership, receiving episcopal assignments and other conference business. T... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022
Leader or leadership is a complex word in scripture. It's translated in numerous ways. Sometimes the word leader is translated as a position or title, sometimes it is in reference to a birthright, and still others it is an action.   Explore the context and relationship of leadership in the Old and New Testaments. See how the similarities and differences bring leadership to life.    After you listen to Episode 253, plan to join us next week as we look at chu... continue reading