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Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018
A small group of United Methodists waded into the cold Pacific Ocean to kneel and pray that the border wall separating the United States and Mexico would topple. They were part of a group of more than 300 faith leaders who marched to the wall on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, in a “moral call for migrant justice.” Dozens of protesters, including two United Methodist pastors, were arrested and charged with civil disobedience when they stepped across th... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
Fierce is a gathering for women who lead spiritually and professionally within the church. This conference will provide a safe space, support and encouragement from those who have "been there and yet still do that" with tough love challenges, tools and a network that will help women clergy and other women church leaders rediscover their call and thrive in the industry that's responsible for sharing God's love. This two-day event will feature keynote speaker Jo... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
The United Methodist Men's Ministry in the Miami Valley District is looking for input from men across The West Ohio Conference. In seeking to improve ministry and bring new life to UMM, they are asking a series of questions designed to collect information on the issues and concerns of the men they seek to serve. This online survey is just nine questions long and will take only a few minutes to complete. Feel free to share the survey link with others in your con... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
Good Works has been a Community of HOPE in rural Appalachian Ohio since 1981.  They are currently seeking interns who want to grow in their love for God and love for others as they reach out to people struggling with poverty. Good Works' 9-week Summer Service Internship provides participants with room and board and a stipend, and runs from June 9 to August 10, 2019. They are currently accepting applications and inquiries for all of their internships. Click here... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
The Kamisamba Farm in the North Katanga Episcopal Area is helping to breathe new life into agricultural production in the D.R. Congo. In addition to being a working farm, Kamisamba also provides trainings to farmers from different communities on crop production, animal husbandry, marketing, and monitoring and evaluation. After the training, community trainers are then allocated to the different areas to monitor progress and act as a resource. Many lives have be... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
The global mission agency of The United Methodist Church will return to the Wyandotte Native American Nation a small tract of land in Ohio. The tribe deeded the land to the church 175 years ago to protect its sanctity when the federal government forced them off their last reservation in the state. Once returned, likely next fall, the plot at Upper Sandusky will be the first land in Ohio owned by the Wyandotte since they were driven out in 1844 by the federal go... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
As Mark Stamm, a professor at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, is fond of saying, “We always baptize babies.” What does he mean by that? That we require every baby to be baptized? That we do not baptize children, youth or adults? Or that it’s too late to be baptized if you weren’t baptized as an infant? No. He means that at whatever chronological age we are baptized, we are always, at that moment, babies or new creatures in Christ. United Methodists are... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
In a village so thick with red dirt that the palm trees bear a rusty hue, a fresh burst of color beckons people from near and far. A new United Methodist church — painted an almost-iridescent green — fills with worshippers eager to sing their love of Jesus. Even with its bright exterior, the building is unpretentious. A plastic roof keeps out the rain. Open windows let in the breeze. Wooden pews provide a place to sit and hear the word. But when Zacharie Aka lo... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
United Methodists were among more than two dozen people arrested while trying to block the removal of an unauthorized immigrant who had taken sanctuary in a North Carolina church. Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, had taken refuge in CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, for 11 months while applying to remain in the United States to care for his ill wife. He left the church Nov. 23 to meet with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Morrisvil... continue reading
Friday, Nov 30, 2018
Recently in Columbus, a delegation composed of several United Methodist Women conferences joined forces with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, the National Farm Worker Ministry, the Student Farm Worker Alliance, the Alliance for Fair Food, Ohio Fair Food, and women leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) as they called on Wendy's, the last holdout of the five major fast food companies, to sign a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immo... continue reading