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Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
As the first month of the new year ends, are you feeling good about your resolutions, financial goals and healthy lifestyle choices? What would your life look like if you were emotionally healthy? How would your life be different if your debt was gone? How much energy would you have if you were at your ideal weight? What would your ministry accomplish if you were on fire for God? The Clergy Wellness Task Force along with the West Ohio Conference Benefits Office... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
Often, people do not pay attention to the injustice of housing and heating insecurity in rural areas. This social injustice becomes a serious life issue in extreme weather conditions. Asbury United Methodist Church in North Hampton is a "Warming Center" today for our extended rural community. We are working in partnership with our Village Mayor, police and fire department. Many of our residents struggle with drafty farm houses with unreliable and at times dange... continue reading
Monday, Jan 28, 2019
January 24, 2019 Dear Friends in Christ in the North Central Jurisdiction,               We, the bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction, greet you in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit.  Together we all stand on the edge of the special called session of General Conference in St. Louis in February.  We are grateful that you have been praying with us in the months and days leading up to this significant gat... continue reading
Monday, Jan 28, 2019
Dallas, Texas: The General Conference Committee on Reference has determined that 78 petitions submitted for consideration by the 2019 General Conference are in harmony with the purpose of the special session to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. All those petitions must receive a vote in legislative committee, according to a 2016 provision in the Book of Discipline, and all those approved by legislative committee must receive a plenary vote. T... continue reading
Monday, Jan 28, 2019
A UMC.org feature by Andrew J. Schleicher* Holy Club. Bible Moths. Methodists. These are just a few of the names people called Charles and John Wesley and those gathered around them before anyone called their group a movement, let alone a church. Charles and John Wesley are considered founders of the Methodist movement that led to what is now The United Methodist Church. It all began around 1728 with a few men at Oxford University, where Charles was finishing... continue reading
Friday, Jan 25, 2019
“Build sustainable peace,” implored the Rev. Kenneth Mtata, the general secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. “We must never allow chaotic situations to prevail because all sources of evil thrive where there is chaos.” Mtata was speaking to local ecumenical fellowship leaders, including United Methodists, drawn from the 10 provinces of the country who attended a two-day workshop at Kentucky Hotel in Harare. Zimbabwe was engulfed in a three-day shutdown... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
Bishop Judith Craig, the third woman elected as a United Methodist bishop, brought a robust sense of humor and eloquent, inspiring preaching style to her pioneering role. She died Jan. 18 at 81 in Columbus, Ohio.  Craig was elected as bishop in 1984.  Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, who leads the West Ohio Area, said Craig had the perfect combination of skill and humor. “Bishop Craig was a faithful and gifted servant of Jesus Christ and the church. She was a visio... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
For 2019, several new All In Community efforts will encompass often overlooked criminal justice-involved populations: victims and families. "Our 2018 All In Community survey revealed that we have many more victims and families just within our own congregations than we first thought. Of the 487 congregations that responded, almost 90% indicated they had families with justice-involved loved ones and 40% were aware of victims within their faith community," says Re... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
From its earliest days, Methodist Theological School in Ohio has been a learning community infused with a commitment to social justice. In the fall of 2019, MTSO will offer a new professional master's degree that takes full advantage of the school's unique ethos: the Master of Arts in Social Justice. The two-year, 39-credit-hour MASJ degree program provides a core curriculum drawing from ethics, religion and public leadership. Students also will benefit from a... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
Discover your Weslyan heritage and learn to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit at the Methodist School of Supernatural Ministry Live, to be held April 3-6, 2019, at United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Sponsored by Aldersgate Renewal Ministries, topics will include The Supernatural History of Methodism, Growing in the Gifts of the Spirit, Developing Intimacy with God, and Being Baptized in the Spirit. Cost is $185 before March 1, after which the price i... continue reading