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Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
United Methodist Native Americans involved with the new museum say it's worth the wait The Native American experience during and after colonization has been told before, often inaccurately. For examples, seek out most Hollywood Westerns. The First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City aims to get it right, at least the Oklahoma part. The $175 million, 175,000-square-foot facility is an effort to cover the history of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized tribes. Its gr... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
What is a real man? “Guys should not cry,” Bob Pickett said. “Anger equals strength. Guys who are physically weak aren’t as good as other men. Men should always be able to provide for their family, and a good job proves your masculinity.” Catching on yet? Pickett, who heads the United Methodist Men ministry in the Rappahannock River District in Virginia, is reeling off some assumptions that can lead to trouble in men’s relationships. Such attitudes can cause mi... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Beloved in Christ Jesus, Grace to you and peace from God who is made known to us most fully in the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our savior. Tuesday, September 21, marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of The Reverend Henri Nouwen. As you likely know, Nouwen was a Dutch, Jesuit priest. The significance of his contribution to the body of Christ and humanity writ large transcended his Catholic roots. He truly had a “catholic spir... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
In recent weeks, new church communities have launched throughout West Ohio. A ministry of Fresh Starts and New Beginnings, Fresh Expressions is an initiative to generate new experiences of church for those who are not part of a worshipping faith community. Chapters Northside This month, Chapters Northside in Cincinnati began in the Ohio River Valley District. Chapters Northside, a Fresh Expressions ministry of Clifton United Methodist Church, is a community th... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Six years ago Bishop Palmer called upon the West Ohio Conference to invest significant resources in the best tools, leaders and locations that would bring more people and more communities into the light and life of Jesus Christ. As he explained at Annual Conference in 2015, he did this because of a decline in our membership rolls yet an incalculable need for the healing power of Jesus in our neighborhoods and towns. The Light the Way Campaign was the result of... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time when all United Methodists in the United States can celebrate diversity and the positive contributions of their Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters to their communities and congregations. During the Sept. 15-Oct. 15 observance, many Hispanic/Latino people are remembering their traditions and celebrating their families’ countries of origin and their independences. It offers an opportunity for all church members to better unders... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Join your neighbors in Building Bridges of Opportunity at this year’s Community Experience on October 14-16. The Building Bridges Community Experience creates an online community for and with people who are touching the criminal justice system. It offers UM members and congregations opportunities to connect with the right people to help create a continuum of care and compassion in our communities. New at this year’s Community Experience: Targeted track sessio... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Safe Sanctuaries might seem overwhelming and a bottleneck to doing ministry. In reality, Safe Sanctuaries provides the boundaries to do ministry with excellence and safety in mind. Can you imagine if football players did not wear any protective gear? We never question the need for a helmet and pads for all ages of football players. I believe that Safe Sanctuaries is a vital part of the safety gear that is needed to keep our children, youth and vulnerable adults... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
Multiply Minis are interactive, relevant, and timely trainings for ministry leaders and churches to multiply your impact. There are only four more Minis this year! Registration is currently open for the October Multiply Minis. To learn more, view the links to each topic below: Preaching When You Don’t Feel Like It October 8, 2021, 10:30am-12pm Click here I Don’t Like Them, I Need to Get to Know Them Better October 12, 2021, 10:30am-12pm Click here Minis are... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
Many children in our country begin life at a disadvantage. Hunger, poverty and lack of quality education are a few of the disparities our children face. This year is the 30th Annual National Observance of Children's Sabbath. A program of the Children's Defense Fund, this multi-faith celebration focuses on prayers, worship, education programs, and action on learning more about the urgent problems facing our nation’s children.The Children’s Defense Fund champion... continue reading