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Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
Melting ice caps. Rising sea levels. Global wildfires. Mass extinctions. Rev. Ryan Grace spent most of his life believing global warming was a problem too big to do anything about."After years of caring about the environment without doing much to care for it, I began looking for local solutions to the global crisis of climate change," Rev. Grace says. "I discovered a growing network of people who were building local, sustainable ways of life in the Appalachian... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
On Saturday, October 23, the West Ohio Conference will host an all-day webinar on ministering to people with memory issues. The workshop will be led by Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, author of the book Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia Through a Spiritual Lens. The webinar will be held online from 8:30am-5:00pm (EDT), beginning with a time of worship and prayer and ending with a panel discussion. As part of the $30 event fee, you will receive a copy of Bishop C... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
United Methodist Women member Vickie Powell-Bass works in her community to uplift schoolchildren through her local school council. After my husband died in 2002, I started attending Wesley United Methodist Church in Chicago. Soon after I joined the church two women who sat behind me passed me a card. It was an invitation to join in the next local United Methodist Women meeting. I decided to attend. I have always been a supporter of women’s rights. When I found... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 8, 2021
As leaders, sometimes we plant seeds, sometimes we water them, and still others we till the soil to nurture others towards growth. Listen as Tim and Sara explore one question that will help you lead others by serving first. Read more and listen to Episode 194...
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
Dear friends in Christ Jesus:  I have been thinking about anniversaries lately. There are multiple reasons why my heart and mind have gone there. Some of my thoughts have been filled with joy and thanksgiving because they have brought to mind my marriage, or birthdays of cherished people. Other anniversaries have brought with them tinges of grief, even a tear because they recount something painful. They are reminders of loss, tragedy, grief. For example... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
Eight West Ohio congregations will be participating in the first Fear+Less Congregations Initiative beginning September 10. Funded by the Lilly Endowment for $1 million over five years, the mission of the Fear+Less Congregations Initiative is to support congregations in seeing the gifts in all individuals and the shifting values in their communities, hearing God’s vision for wholeness, and amplifying change through partnership and mission. Partnering with West... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
A few years ago, a prayer labyrinth was created for a youth retreat at Northwest United Methodist Church in Columbus. Using masking tape, Associate Pastor Chris Rinker spent five hours creating the labyrinth. Each year following, volunteers created the labyrinth. This became the inspiration to build a permanent structure. “This labyrinth,” said the Rev. Mebane McMahon, Northwest lead pastor, “is one more way to invite neighbors and groups to our campus for refl... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
Over the past several months we’ve had countless questions from local churches regarding Safe Sanctuaries policies. We love questions! Questions mean people are talking about their policies. As churches prepare for charge conference season, it is vitally important to review policies around Safe Sanctuaries.  Jesus cared about the vulnerable among us. Scriptures are filled with stories of how Jesus cared for children, elderly, those in poverty, immigrants, peopl... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
World Communion Sunday is October 3, 2021. It’s time to ensure that your World Communion Sunday celebration plans are taking shape for a great worship service. World Communion Sunday is one of the designated Sundays throughout the year that provide opportunities for giving. These special offerings are earmarked and support designated ministries World Communion offering supports a diverse mix of national and international ethnic young adults to make a global im... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
The United Methodist Men of the West Ohio Conference will hold a men’s retreat at Camp Wesley in Bellefontaine, OH, on Friday, October 29, at 6:00pm through Saturday, October 30, at 4:30pm. The event will feature two renowned speakers with a strong background in men’s ministry as well as testimonies from leaders in our jurisdiction and local churches. There will also be several activities to engage participants and provide them with resources to energize men’s... continue reading