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Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021
Registration Open for 2021 Virtual Annual Conference   The 52nd session of the West Ohio Annual Conference will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar. Registration is now open.   The theme of Annual Conference is “Run the Race with Perseverance” based on the scripture Hebrews 12:1-2.   The dates and times are:  Sunday, June 6, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm and  Monday, June 7, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.   Registration is required and will end at May 5 at 5:00 pm.   As part of the... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021
Partnership fights food apartheid in Dayton   Food deserts continue to rise in urban cities with a high minority population. Large grocery chains move out of the area, leaving convenience stores as the only access for food. Because many of the options are unhealthy, the community suffers.   In 2018, members of Dixon United Methodist Church in Dayton, Ohio, sought an opportunity to connect with their community. When the district superintendent, the Rev. Jocelyn... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021
Pastor on going green: Smaller footprint, more room for Jesus   it was a stressful year for the Rev. Rebecca Rutter. The United Methodist pastor was finishing seminary, pastoring a church, and parenting three children. She needed something to help her relax. So she did what any of us would do. She built a tiny house.   “I decided I’m just going to need a way of consistently having time just for myself,” she remembers, “to get away, to go out to the backyard and... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021
Water is life: Truth Seekers and Storytellers   In many African villages, women and girls are responsible for collecting water. In what he says was some of the most meaningful work he’s ever done, photojournalist Mike DuBose from United Methodist Communications shares his decade-long dream to chronicle this important daily ritual.  See Mike's work in “Water is Life.”   In Truth Seekers and Storytellers, United Methodist Communications writers, interviewers, ph... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021
How do United Methodists fund mission? United Methodists clearly hear our call as disciples of Jesus Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves and bear one another's burdens. Together, by sharing our resources, United Methodists support remarkable ministry around the world. The United Methodist Church's special giving structure ensures that together our gifts bless as many people as possible in sustainable, strategic ways. Every contribution makes a difference... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
This week we continue celebrating Women's History Month by sharing more journeys of clergywomen serving West Ohio. Praying boldly with expectation The Rev. SueLee Jin loves ministry because she loves to see change. She said, “We can’t have change without prayer.” Prayer and evangelism are the core of Jin’s identity as a woman and a leader. As a member of a local Korean United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Jin was active in lay ministry. She was the president... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
In the last few months, a group of passionate people, both clergy and laity, have gathered together to form the Disability and Ministry Committee of the West Ohio Conference. One of our first major projects is to establish, promote, and support a Conference-wide Disability Awareness Sunday on the first Sunday of May. This Sunday is a great starting point for individuals and churches to kick off newly envisioned inclusive ministries or celebrate existing ones w... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
For some, the most exciting part of mission work is the travel – going to far-away places, learning about different cultures and meeting new people. But for the past year, travel has been nearly impossible, particularly to places outside of the United States. And even going forward, travel may not always be feasible, due to cost, health concerns, or time away from home. In a digital world, however, you can still virtually visit ministries doing remarkable work... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
Authorities continue to investigate the motive for the March 16 shootings at Atlanta area massage parlors that left eight people dead, including six Asian women. The suspect in custody reportedly told investigators he shot the victims not out of race hatred but in response to his sexual addiction. Still, some United Methodists are underscoring that the horrific violence occurred amid a well-documented rise in harassment and attacks against people of Asian ances... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has canceled its call for a special virtual General Conference on May 8. The bishops made the decision to cancel during a March 22 online meeting that was closed to the public. The bishops also announced that they plan to use their regularly scheduled April meeting to discuss results of listening sessions and discern a possible new timeline. “Much has been learned over the past few weeks and the extended timeline will all... continue reading