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Tuesday, May 24, 2022
We must assume the vocation of prophetic peace making that helps all to see the direct connection between our hatreds and the use of violence to reinforce them. Once we see, we can repent and seek reconciliation. Pray with me: “O God who seeks only our good ‘save us from week resignation to the evils we deplore.’”   Your servant in Christ Jesus,   +Bishop Gregory V. Palmer
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The West Ohio Conference welcomes Rev. Dernard D. Newell as the new Director of Diversity and Belonging. With nearly a decade of professional experience as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) professional, he will join the staff on July 18. “I am encouraged and inspired that the Rev. Newell will be coming among us to continue, support and deepen our work as a community of disciples of Jesus Christ who are doing the work required to deconstruct... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Are you or your congregation experiencing a pastoral transition this year? If so, make sure to check out the Resources for Pastoral Transitions course now available on the West Ohio Learning Platform. Our West Ohio Regional Missional Specialist team has prepared a new video highlighting key dimensions of navigating transition of pastoral leadership in a local church. They have also gathered a collection of excellent resources on pastoral transition from a vari... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
It’s time to get excited! Registration is open for a summer filled with fun, faith, and friendship at West Ohio Camps. Our camps are designed to appeal to a wide array of interests and include everything from horses and treehouses to performing arts and scaling boulders. Recently added is Mission Camp, an opportunity for groups who want an experience of completing a mission project and visiting a mission partner. For more information, click here. To follow ca... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, more than 6 million refugees have fled Ukraine, and at least that many have moved from eastern Ukraine farther west to escape the violence. UMCOR funds are assisting local community shelters in southeastern and western Ukraine. UMCOR operational grants are supporting the efforts of United Methodists in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania to welcome and care for refugees, many of whom are women and childre... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
God used three major events to provide Howard Longfellow a kingdom-building life: a shorter train ride, a chance encounter and a love for his adopted hometown. Longfellow grew up in Baltimore, where he attended Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Toward the end of his senior year in high school, his father encouraged him to apply to an engineering school in the Midwest. At 16, Longfellow researched train schedules to cities in the Midwest and decided to atten... continue reading
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The Rev. Giovanni Arroyo poses a difficult question to white United Methodists who say they want an end to racism. Do you want racial justice enough to voluntarily relinquish some of your power? Even those who say “yes” to this tend to make such changes in ways that don’t really shift things, said Arroyo, top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race since Aug. 31. “The church has all these committees,” Arroyo said. “They look around t... continue reading
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
When Bishops LaTrelle Easterling, Gregory V. Palmer and Mike McKee sat down for a conversation with cultural theologian Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. The conversation was for their new podcast, The Unfinished Church. Unbeknownst to them, their thoughts on gun violence, respecting differences and the work of anti-racism echoed into the future. The conversation will be released on Thursday, May 19, just days after the racially motivated shootings targeting the Asian co... continue reading
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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 Methodist Church are responding with compassion and determination. Grants for immediate relief have been given to United Methodist partners in Ukraine, as well as neighboring countries... continue reading
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
For the next month, the West Ohio Conference will be collecting hygiene and cleaning kits (flood buckets) at locations around the Conference. Midwest Mission Distribution Center, our North Central Jurisdiction UMCOR Depot in Pawnee, IL, will then send a truck to collect the items so they are ready for the next domestic natural disaster. Instructions for assembling the kits can be found here. For a complete list of drop-off locations, click here. Pick-ups can a... continue reading