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Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
Election Day is coming, and church leaders can play a role in protecting vulnerable voters. Join other Ohio pastors and church-based lawyers for the Election Protection Webinar on Monday, September 21, at 6:00 pm. The training will be conducted by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Co-hosts include Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner of the National African American Clergy Network; and Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson of The West Ohio C... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
The Strengthening Black Church for the 21st Century(SBC21) has reimagined one of the denominations most impactful young adult gatherings and will present The Transformation Virtual College Tour, offering 5 stops along the way, September 10, 11, 17, 24 and 25th. Organizers say The Transformation Virtual College Tour is an idea and concept that will reach young adults beyond the college campus, engaging every jurisdiction. Dr. Michael L. Bowie, Jr., National Exec... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
In the next few months, multiple United Methodist missionaries with ties to West Ohio will be itinerating virtually. These one-hour ZOOM sessions allow churches, mission committees, and individuals to get to know missionaries and learn more about their ministries. Registration is required ahead of time for each session. September 17, 12:00 pm: Jennifer Henneman – OhioHealth, Columbus (Register here) October 22, 8:00 pm: Willie Berman – Manos Juntas, Mexico;... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
Join Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter for a 4-week online workshop on October 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10am-11:30am. The Platinum Rule for Thriving Congregations is a fun and insightful workshop that empowers you to communicate with greater emotional intelligence – even with people who normally drive you crazy! Grounded in emotional intelligence, Platinum Rule participants learn how to: • Enhance their people skills to create happier relationships • Heighten their abili... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020
Episode 7 In this episode of Faith and Works; Bishop Palmer talks with Erin M. Hawkins, General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), the denominational agency that cultivates racial inclusion and the full participation of all people into the work, witness, and life of The UMC.  
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020
Last week Hurricane Laura swept though Louisiana and Texas leaving behind devastation to many communities. UMCOR stands ready to support those on the long road of recovery ahead. UMCOR is providing funding to meet immediate needs and will continue to work with conferences in the days and months to come. During this time, you can help, too, by giving to U.S. Disaster Response. 100% of your gift directly supports UMCOR and its partners in the work of alleviating... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020
Two West Ohio laywomen, Katelin Hansen and Kristyl Shoaf, will be commissioned as Deaconesses at the conclusion of the Annual Conference Business Session on September 12. The event will be live streamed and recorded for future viewing. “Laity who want to follow their passion for love and justice through a lifetime of service should think about the Deaconess and Home Missioner relationship,” remarks Carlene Triplett, a retired Deaconess and Church & Communit... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020
We often say in Methodist circles that our communities would be better if our churches were more a part of the community. The Building Bridges Community Experience on October 1-2, 2020 is designed to be one of West Ohio’s pathways into collaboration to care for our communities. In the face of current challenges facing West Ohio communities, new hope and new opportunities are rising through deeper connections and broader collaborations. The Building Bridges Comm... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020
Campus minister Morgan Stafford committed his life to being anti-racist. “As a white man, I have learned that I’ve benefitted from racism, while people of color have been harmed. I believe that white Christians must take the lead to confront and dismantle racism. It’s our job.” During the month of June, Stafford committed to do at least one thing every day to listen to, learn from, do, and become more anti-racist and post his progress on social media. GCORR lik... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020
Conversations can be a bridge to understanding one another. Listening is a primary step toward opening dialogue. Short North Church, birthed out of North Broadway United Methodist Church in Columbus, has a tradition of sharing stories to see the sacredness in each other. Recently, members lived out that tradition on the social media platform, Instagram: #CourageousconversationsofInstagram. Kathryn McCarty, a native of Hilliard and a West Ohio Conference intern... continue reading