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Thursday, Dec 1, 2016
Every year the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless holds an Interfaith Memorial Service for those people who are currently, or who have been, homeless and who lost their lives in that year. This service has two important purposes: To bring together the community to celebrate lives which are otherwise lonely, hard and unacknowledged. And, to raise our awareness that these people actually exist and are our neighbors. The 2016 service is on Wednesday, December 21... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016
By the Rev. Kristin Langstraat, System Director for Faith Community Relations, Ohio Health, For much of my ministry career I have been a chaplain.  People have varied reactions to this, sometimes commenting, “Wow, that must be hard.”  Other times the response may be “I’d be too sensitive to do that kind of work.  It would impact me too much.”  Others have a perception that chaplains are simply “nice people who pray.” Whenever I’m able, I like to clarify who cha... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 3, 2016
Statement on Compassion and Justice for Immigrants and Refugees General Commission on Religion and Race Board of Directors March 16, 2017     When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.  Leviticus 19:33-34 (NIV) We, the Board of Directors and staff of... continue reading
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016
The rates for clergy health insurance for 2017 are now available.  Click the link below for the rate information. 
Friday, Sep 30, 2016
The Entertaining Angels Discussion on Immigrant Communities drew over 70 people to Worthington UMC on September 28.  Participants learned more about the difference between immigrants and refugees, the life of refugees prior to coming to this country, the steps involved in coming to the United States, and statistics around immigrants in the Franklin County area.  They also heard from Mr. Walid Ali, a refugee from Iraq who shared his story of being welcomed upon... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 22, 2016
When a child comes out to his/her/their family, it often raises many questions for both the child and for the family.  For example: What does it mean for the family when the child comes out to their parents?  What does it mean for the parents’ relationship to their church? What does it mean for the parents’ own faith? How do parents navigate their own “coming out” after their children have come out to them?  These questions are among those that will be addresse... continue reading
Friday, Sep 9, 2016
A grief support group for adults who have lost a loved one, held at Dublin Methodist Hospital and the Kobacker House,  Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, starts October 8.  Information below.
Friday, Aug 19, 2016
‘A Call To Ministry, Not a Paycheck.’  Sue Thompson, Executive Assistant to Rev. Adam Hamilton will speak on her book “The Ministry of Administrative Assistants.” Held at Ginghamsburg UMC, Tipp City, Ohio 8:00 registration; 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, conference.  Cost is $25 members/$30 non-members. Registration information below. 
Friday, Jul 29, 2016
Adapting to Your Town, Country or Rural Setting Sat., Aug. 27th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marion-Salem UMC (between Marion and Mt. Gilead) Whether you are new to a town, country, or rural setting or your current ministry could benefit from a better understanding of the dynamics and shifts in your town, country, or rural setting, Pastor Parish members, pastors, and leaders will all benefit.  Learn from four District Superintendents and bring your questions.  Lear... continue reading
Friday, Jul 15, 2016
The National VA Chaplain Center and the Ohio National Guard invite clergy and lay leaders to attend a course to learn how to train others to support troops and their families.  Students are introduced to and discuss four web-based program modules, including: Military Culture and Wounds of War; Pastoral Care with Veterans and their families; Mental Health Services and Referrals; Building Community Partnerships.   Training is August 24, 1:00 – 5:00 pm and August... continue reading