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Tuesday, Jun 7, 2022
Evangelism happens in many contexts and settings; impacts and engages all generations; and calls for relationships with a variety of people. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award honors United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Wesleyan evangelism combines the works of loving kindness with the sharing of God’s love for all people. This year, West Ohio... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2022
In episode 3 of The Unfinished Church Podcast, you will hear from Opal Lee, the Grandmother of Juneteenth. In the upcoming episode, Choosing a Path Forward, Lee shares her wisdom with the bishops about how God prepares, redeems and restores us to be the people we were created to be and how we can create communities of dignity and hope. Hosted by United Methodist Bishops LaTrelle Easterling, Michael McKee, and Gregory Palmer, The Unfinished Church Podcast is a... continue reading
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022
We recorded this episode on fasting before the events of the last week. It shouldn’t have taken any of those events to call this to mind. But, here we are.    The mass shootings in an elementary school, a grocery store, and a house of worship have us wondering:   What if we fasted from: violence in every form? words that harm? belittling, bullying, and bellyaching? purchasing and pointing guns? politicking for our preferences? seeking to control oth... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Resources for Talking with Young People About Recent Events As United Methodists our Social Principals remind us that we are all a part of a social community. A community that is to protect the dignity, self-worth, and value of all humans regardless of race, creed, socio-economic status, age, orientation, or ailment. Even though we have a call to end gun violence, it is still happening at alarming rates in our cities, homes, and schools. The trauma from this v... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
United Methodists are stepping up to provide support and prayer after a horrific shooting at a Texas elementary school that took the lives of at least 19 children and two teachers. Even as they pray for grieving families and a traumatized community, many in the church are also asking in the words of Psalm 13: “How long, Oh Lord, how long?” “Our hearts are broken for the people of Uvalde, Texas,” said Bishop Robert Schnase, whose area includes Uvalde, in a May... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Annual Conference is this week, Friday, June 3 and Saturday June 4. This year's Annual Conference Offering will support the UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery Fund! Nearly three months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the war shows no signs of ending peacefully. The official civilian death toll in Ukraine is over 3,300, with another 3,600 wounded, but actual numbers are likely much higher. In the face of such destruction, UMCOR and The United Met... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Thousands of women gathered in Orange County, Florida for the United Women in Faith Women’s Assembly on May 20-22, 2022. Under the theme, Turn it Up, this event was filled with community service, worship, fellowship and strategies for new ways faith-filled women can make a difference in the world. On Friday, five West Ohio Deaconesses were consecrated by Bishop Tracy Smith Malone at Assembly. Jody Harter Stevens, Cheryl Bender, Beth Vanoli, Katelin Hansen, and... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
The last two years have been marked with a pandemic, inflation, violence and racism. The mental and emotional impact of navigating these society ills have led to burnout for many. In the Maumee Watershed District, one church decided to gather women together to address the burnout felt by many women in the community. These are matters of the heart. Under the urging of the Rev. Cecil J. F. Thompson, Kathy Moore Moore and Braden’s United Women in Faith’s chairper... continue reading
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
In the upcoming episode of the Unfinished Church Podcast, you will hear from Eboo Patel as he shares on the topic Examining Our Perceptions, discussing the dangers of projecting one’s values onto others and the sacred work of building intercultural relationships Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith America, Hosted by United Methodist Bishops LaTrelle Easterling, Michael McKee, and Gregory Palmer, this podcast is a place for discussion, learning a... continue reading
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Which of these objections have you heard around the sacrament of Holy Communion? I am not worthy I have not prepared to receive Holy Communion If we celebrate Holy Communion too frequently it will lose its power I’ve celebrated Holy Communion and I haven’t found it meaningful. You shouldn’t celebrate Holy Communion more than 3 times a year.   Believe it or not, those were all objections John Wesely addressed about Holy Communion.    In Episode 231,... continue reading