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Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The five jurisdictional conferences — meeting simultaneously across the U.S. — elected a new class of United Methodist bishops that includes a higher percentage of women and people of color than previous election cycles. The 13 new U.S. bishops, who take office Jan. 1, are taking the helm as The United Methodist Church faces the ongoing fallout of a global pandemic and a slow-motion separation after decades of debate on LGBTQ inclusion. Council of Bishops Pre... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio held its annual Non-Profit Partners Summit at the West Ohio Conference Center in Worthington last week. The Non-Profit Partners Summit is an educational and informational opportunity for United Methodist-related 501(C)3 organizations. Close to twenty organizations participated in this hybrid event including New Path, Wesley Chapel Mission Center, Family Promise of Delaware and Short North UMC. Susan Black, Executiv... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
For the third year in a row, the West Ohio Conference and its community partners convened the Ohio reentry community at the Building Bridges Community Experience, on October 12-13. Over 400 reentry allies, criminal justice professionals, community service providers, ministry volunteers, and returning neighbors gathered in-person and online to focus on creating more safe, stable housing and meaningful employment for and with our neighbors coming home from an inc... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
Africa University has a major role to play in the development of the continent, said the keynote speaker at the United Methodist institution’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Michael Ugwueke, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee, lauded the university’s accomplishments during the Oct. 22 festivities, while also acknowledging room for growth.  “Let us look forward to all that might be accomplished in the... continue reading
Friday, Oct 28, 2022
The North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will convene in Fort Wayne, Indiana November 2-5, 2022, under the theme We Press On.  Please pray for the West Ohio Delegation and Bishop Gregory V. Palmer as they gather with other episcopal leaders and delegates across the jurisdiction for a time of worship and collective discernment regarding the election of episcopal leadership, receiving episcopal assignments and other conference business. T... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will convene in Fort Wayne, Indiana, November 2-5. The theme for the conference is We Press On. This Jurisdictional Conference will gather delegates (lay and clergy) from across Illinois (Northern Illinois, Illinois Great Rivers), Indiana, Iowa, Ohio (East Ohio and West Ohio), Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin for a time of worship and collective discernment regarding the election of episcopal l... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Bishop Palmer has rescheduled his “Clergy Questions and Conversations" in the Miami Valley District on Monday, October 31, 2002, at 2:00 pm at Ginghamsburg UMC, 6759 S. County Rd. 25A, Tipp City, Ohio. Bishop Palmer invites all clergy to attend this informal conversation. He will open with some words of encouragement but most of the time will be open for questions and conversation. All Clergy are welcome!
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
A few years ago, Kris Shoaf a lay member of Powell United Methodist Church shared her personal journey with mental illness during a worship service. Afterward, someone listening in the pew approached the associate pastor, the Rev. Katya Brodbeck, about taking part in the National Alliance on Mental Illness walk fundraiser. Since then, Powell UMC in the Capital Area District has partnered with NAMI by participating in the annual walk, becoming educated on menta... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Pastor Rich Villodas of New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York will be the guest in the final installment of Bishop Palmer's Leadership Clinics. On Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 am, Pastor Villodas will join Bishop Palmer for a conversation around the topic, Good and Beautiful and Kind: Becoming Whole in a Fractured World. Pastor Villodas is the author of The Deeply Formed Life and lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large, multiracial church with more th... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
UMCOR’s Early Response Team (ERT) Basic class will be offered on Saturday, November 12, 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Jerome UMC in Plain City. West Ohio ERT trainers will teach you how to assist survivors of natural disasters in their time of need. You will learn how to provide a caring, Christian presence while taking steps to prevent further damage to the family's personal property. Skills that are taught include tarping, debris removal, mucking out flooded homes, etc... continue reading