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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
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
In the last few years, many congregations have engaged in ministry, intentional using technology to reach beyond the walls of their local church. At Christ UMC Oregon, making connections using social media has become their focus. Christ’s social media team led by Morgan Williams implemented strategies that have resulted in new and stronger relationships in the local community. In addition, the social media engagement led to increased membership and giving. Ali... continue reading
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Applications are currently being accepted for the West Ohio Conference Ministry Internships. This paid experience is an opportunity for college students to discern a call to ministry in various ways.  The dates of the internship are June 1- July 22, 2022, with placements in local churches throughout the West Ohio Conference. Each Intern will be paid $4,000 for participation in the Intern Program.  Click here for more information and application
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
The Methodist Church in Britain, The United Methodist Church and the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church invite you to participate in an online conversation focused on ministry to the migrant population. By attending this virtual event you will: -    Learn more about best practices, challenges and needs of migrant congregations -    Learn the Principles gleaned from Migrant Case Studies -    Discern the ecumenical implications of migrant minis... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
The 53rd Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference is fast approaching. Under the theme, Becoming, we will worship, hold celebrations of ministry, and care for the business of our annual conference. As we look forward to conferencing together, there are several details to make note of: Ordination, TODAY at 4 p.m. at Stonybrook United Methodist Church, Gahanna (In-person and live-streamed on Westohioumc.org and Facebook) Retirement Service, May 15 at 4... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Facebook Live Event: Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. EST for the launch of The Unfinished Church podcast We invite you to our Facebook Live event to learn more about the mission, the vision, and the “why” of The Unfinished Church podcast. Bishop Harvey will talk to our hosts, Bishops Easterling, McKee, and Palmer about how the podcast came together and their commitment to having the conversations needed to become an antiracist church through shared learning, practi... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
As the presence of the Taliban became more and more distressing, Irfan Ali Shah Akhundzada knew it was time to leave his home in Kabul, Afghanistan. “The Taliban has wiped out business opportunities,” said the husband and father of five. “Some people are begging in the street.” Akhundzada decided to head to Ohio to create a new home for his family after hearing how nice it was from a friend living in the state. With a career working with the U.S. Agency for... continue reading
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
“I gained a much better understanding of the many ways God ‘speaks’ in and through people and learned that rarely is it through words. I learned that discernment is a process and rarely a definitive answer.” – Shelley Eden, participant The 2022 West Ohio Laity Discernment Retreats, held in February and March, brought together 14 lay persons for virtual fellowship, prayer, and discernment. Led by Kim LaRue and Deaconess Kris Shoaf, Laity Discernment Retreats ta... continue reading