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Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
After hours of delaying tactics by opponents, the United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384. A last-ditch effort to bring the One Church Plan back was defeated in the morning and was followed by efforts to amend the Traditional Plan to address constitutionality issues raised by the Judicial Council, the church’s top court. The Rev. Tim McClendon, South Carolina, called for a vote on the Traditional Plan as amended... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019
After approving the Traditional Plan in the morning, General Conference delegates spent the afternoon debating and ultimately voting against the One Church Plan and the Simple Plan. Delegates opposed the bishops’ recommended One Church Plan by a vote of 436 to 386. The vote was 53 to almost 47 percent. Delegates also voted against moving forward with the Simple Plan, submitted by the unofficial United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus, by a vote of 494 to 323. D... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019
A long, emotional day of General Conference, with telling though not final votes, left those wanting fuller inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church admitting discouragement. They witnessed the defeat in legislative committee of the One Church Plan, which would have allowed U.S. churches and conferences to decide whether to host same-sex unions and ordain openly gay persons as clergy.  “There are a lot of crestfallen faces,” said John Hannifan... continue reading
Monday, Feb 25, 2019
(Created by the Spiritual Health Subgroup of the Bishop’s Clergy Wellness Task Force, November 2018) What Is Renewal Leave? A renewal leave is a planned time to move outside the normal demands of pastoral leadership in order to make space for God to bring renewal. It’s the renewal that is needed for moving forward in life and ministry with increased health spiritually, physically, emotionally, and as a visionary spiritual leader. The specifics will look as dif... continue reading
Monday, Feb 25, 2019
United Methodists from all points of the globe spent six hours in prayer for the church before beginning the 2019 General Conference’s hard work of reviewing church policy regarding homosexuality. Prayers led by United Methodist bishops asked for guidance and courage. By midday, there had been no reference to LGBTQ people and that concern was voiced by those who support changing church policies concerning homosexuality. The second half of the prayer day began... continue reading
Monday, Feb 25, 2019
Two General Conference 2019 petitions related to potential plans for the future of The United Methodist Church have been declared unconstitutional by the denomination’s top court.  The decision was in response to a petition for a declaratory decision received by the United Methodist Judicial Council Feb. 22 from the Council of Bishops. Petition 90052 is unconstitutional, the court said in Decision 1375 “because it infringes upon the right of the annual confer... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
The Society of St. Andrew is offering "Seasons of Joy and Gladness," a Lenten devotional series, as a free resource for personal or congregational use. The daily Scripture readings, reflections and prayers are written by pastors, missionaries and lay people from all walks of life. Bulk orders must be placed by TODAY, February 20. Click here for more information or to download the devotional.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
The 2019 Special General Conference will begin later this week, February 23, in St. Louis, MO. Even if you will not be attending the event, there are several ways in which you can be involved in the proceedings. Here are just a few: PRAY - Pray for the Bishops, delegates, support staff, and for the Church. WATCH - All open sessions will be livestreamed on umc.org, and you can also get to the livestream from The West Ohio Conference webpage. GET THE FACTS... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
1758 John Wesley baptizes two “Negro slaves,” at least one woman, thus setting the pattern for receiving people of color into the societies and the church. These two return to Antigua to start the Methodist society in the “new world.” 1760s Anne Schweitzer, a black woman, becomes a founding member of the first Methodist society in Maryland. Two years later, another black woman, known to us only as Bettye, is one of five persons to attend the Methodist services... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
Training is a critical ingredient for quality youth ministry. That is why West Ohio Camps is excited to offer youth training to church leaders on March 18 at Camp Widewater in Liberty Center, OH. This opportunity aims to enhance the skills of new and longtime staffers and provide useful tools for improving and expanding your youth ministry. The training runs 9am-4pm with lunch included.  Keynote speaker will be Jeremiah Lewis. Lewis is a coach for Leadership D... continue reading