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Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits has set details for the 2018 Active and Retiree Health Insurance Plans. There are changes from the 2017 plan that you will want and need to know about. Plan to attend one of the meetings so you can learn how the changes will impact you. The agenda for each meeting is the same so attend the one that best fits your schedule. To lessen your travel time and make the meetings more accessible, we are holding one in... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
You are likely aware that the Committee on Investigation of The West Ohio Conference met this past Sunday in Worthington, OH. I have just received word that they have certified a charge regarding The Reverend David Wayne Meredith for "disobedience to the order and discipline of the United Methodist Church pursuant to paragraph 2702.1(d) of the 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church." The specifications of the charge relate to paragraph 341.6 of... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
Every four years, The United Methodist Church brings youth and young adults together from across the denomination for the Global Young People's Convocation. Each jurisdiction sends five youth, five young adults and two adults. Participants are elected by people from across the jurisdiction - primarily youth and young adults. This year, West Ohio has four young adults who were elected to represent the North Central Jurisdiction in South Africa in 2018: Andres de... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
Greetings in Christ Jesus: We have all been inundated with the unfolding and voluminous accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein from a growing list of women. Earlier this year, we witnessed the trial of Bill Cosby for similar reasons. There are accusations of inappropriate language and behavior on the parts of other high profile people. Truth be told, this kind of craziness goes on all the time and is perpetrated not just by high... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a program that will allow girls to advance to the rank of Eagle.    “This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “The values of scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both yo... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017
The United Methodist response to the devastating 2017 hurricane season is getting a boost through new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.   During their Oct. 12-14 meeting, directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR approved more than $7 million in grants for hurricane and other disaster-relief work and $1.86 million for global health projects.   UMCOR already had received some $15 million from donors in recent months... continue reading
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military. In a statement released today, the bishops said they are praying and urging action for the young people affected by the U.S. government's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The young immigrants, also known as Dreame... continue reading
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
Years ago, laity began a movement of mutual mission around the globe called United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM). Today, we continue the work of missional partnership with locations where we are invited to serve and with people we call sisters and brothers. UMVIM trainings prepare Mission Team Leaders and Spiritual Guides to lead teams of people called to serve in mission. Whether you're planning a construction team to one of our West Ohio Camps, trav... continue reading
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
Preaching takes the time and occasion seriously. The preacher exercises a public ministry; it is expected that the sermon will address common crises, desolation, and grief with the Word of God. Catastrophes come in all sizes; some, like the burning of a church or the wreck of a church-school bus, are local and have a direct impact on the congregation; others, like war or the assassination of a president are national or global. Some events, like hurricanes, have... continue reading
Monday, Oct 9, 2017
It has been two years since the former West Ohio Conference Archives and History Commission parceled some of its work out to individual members to continue until the group could form again, and this fall a new Archives and History Commission is taking up its tasks. The eight-member group, now related to the Conference Board of Trustees, will be chaired by the Rev. Tom Slack, and includes as ex-officio members Conference Historian Sarah Brooks Blair and Conferen... continue reading