Charitable Pharmacy Recognized for Community Innovations

The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio has been selected as the inaugural winner in the Organizational category of the Community Pharmacy Innovations in Quality Award by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance. This award recognizes a community pharmacy, which in collaboration with external partners, has developed innovative programs resulting in improved quality of care, medication optimization, and patient outcomes.


Revival in Nigeria Brings Back Breakaway Members

The 2018 Christian Revival Gathering of the Southern Nigeria Conference was a joyous moment as members who left the conference five years ago returned to the fold and were welcomed back with open arms.

“As people of The United Methodist Church, we believe we can do better and more when we are together than when we stay apart,” said Yohanna Nzakobature, leader of the returned members. “We made the decision to return to our original base because the need for unity in The United Methodist Church, both local and global, is a necessity.”


BMCR Looks To the Future

Black Methodists for Church Renewal recently gathered here in a mood of gratitude, but also of anticipation.

"We give thanks for the past 50 years … but God is declaring there is a next level in our future," said the Rev. Antoine "Tony" Love, the group’s vice chairman, to more than 225 of the organization's members attending a national meeting in Sacramento, California, March 14-17.

Love added: "God may be requiring us to leave behind the familiar. … God is saying, “Make room for possibility.’”


Church and Society Considers Migration, Justice

The spring meeting of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society took place in a city that is now a melting pot of cultures and home to many migrants to consider issues such as global migration, justice and peace and poverty.

"What might 12 million United Methodists be able to accomplish if working together for justice and peace?" asked the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, the board’s top executive.


CONNECT with Families, Kids During Annual Conference

There is nothing more important than spending time with your favorite people, especially at Annual Conference! Unite with other West Ohio Conference families, kids and campers at three CONNECT opportunities. Discover new friendships, experience intentional faith conversations, grow as a disciple, and have fun. Family CONNECT brings families and kids together for events like a scavenger hunt, pool party, and mini golf. Kid CONNECT is an action-packed 1.5 hours especially designed for children ages 5-12.


Guest Preachers Announced for Annual Conference

Two guest preachers have been announced for this year's West Ohio Annual Conference session at Lakeside-Chautauqua. Rev. Lou Seipel, Head Pastor at Stonybrook UMC in Gahanna, as well as Rev. Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of  St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX, will both bring messages during Annual Conference. Rev. Seipel, who is in her 38th year of ministry, has served in a variety of contexts, from a six-point rural charge to campus, urban, and suburban settings, as well as in ministry with the poor.


Overnight Camp Offered During Annual Conference, June 4-5

For the first time, Camp Widewater is offering an overnight camp during Annual Conference. Open to all campers who desire a first-time experience or just a short two-day camp, whether at conference or not. Have fun in God's outdoor creation while also worshiping and learning. For those at Annual Conference, a bus will pick up kids on Monday, June 4, at 8:00 am on the west side of Hoover Auditorium. They will return to the same spot on Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30 pm. Registration deadline is May 25 with no exceptions and no same-day registration.


Attending to Health Needs in Remote Sierra Leone

The United Methodist Sierra Leone Conference has opened a health center in the remote community of Joyah, an off-road settlement in southern Sierra Leone.

The conference’s Community Empowerment for Livelihood and Development program, supported by The United Methodist Church in Norway, provided nearly $40,000 to build the rural health center, which includes a maternal and child health post.