Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Following the tragic high school shooting in Florida last week, Bishop Palmer is inviting The West Ohio Conference to join him in praying for the people, churches, pastors, and leaders of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference issued this statement following the shooting: "On this Ash Wednesday our services announced the biblical imperative to 'repent and believe the gospel.' In light of today's shooti... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018
Dear Beloved in Christ Jesus: I have been humbled by the generosity you have extended over this past year to people affected by hurricanes throughout the United States. Today, I am inviting you to once again extend the light of Jesus’ love – to assist neighbors and communities in our own conference who are affected by rising rivers and the destructive force of flooding water.  Over the weekend, many towns along the Ohio River experienced flooding. The situation... (read more)
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018
After a long and winding process that included the overwhelming passage of two Annual Conference recommendations, the West Ohio Conference finally owns the Conference Center.  And, the long awaited and much-needed renovation is beginning. Recently, Bishop Palmer led a service celebrating this milestone.  As I listened to memories from those gathered, I reflected on the wide number of ways the Conference Center changes lives. Calls to ministry have been discerne... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
An international group of United Methodist leaders heard more details on three possible models for how the church ministers with LGBTQ individuals. Three participants in the Commission on a Way Forward presented an update on their work to four denominational leadership bodies holding a joint meeting in this western African country. Together, the four groups have members who span the denomination’s global membership and theological spectrum. Many came from centr... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe has collaborated with Homelink for a workshop aimed at teaching women entrepreneurship skills. The goal of the five-day workshop, held at Harare Institute of Technology, is to empower female church members to start their own businesses. The women learned how to draft their own proposals and secure loans from financial institutions. Women were encouraged to venture into male-dominated projects such as commercial fishing an... (read more)
Friday, Feb 2, 2018
Field trips for young ones living at the Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village in Duahzon, Liberia, will be much easier thanks to the gift of a 16-seat bus. “We need to expose the children of the village to the world around them,” said the Rev. Robert N. Sieh, director. The bus, 64 mattresses and various other items, worth more than $20,000 total, were givento the village by the Detroit Conference of The United Methodist Church, and by Maple Grove United Metho... (read more)
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018
If The United Methodist Church had a “Paid-in-Full” stamp, it would be getting good use around the world. A record 28 of the 56 U.S. United Methodist conferences paid 100 percent of requested general-church giving in 2017, the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration reports. That’s the highest number in the 18 years that the church has digital records and marks the fourth consecutive year that a record number of conferences reached the mile... (read more)
Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018
Dreamers are not villains, they are children of God, said United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño. “I have been very concerned about the way Dreamers, young people, are being villainized and used in this whole appropriations process,” said Carcaño, chair of the United Methodist Council of Bishop’s Immigration Task Force and episcopal leader of the California-Nevada Conference. Dreamers or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients are young people... (read more)
Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018
The United Methodist Church’s global membership now exceeds 12.5 million. These membership figures come from the most recent annual conference journals sent to the General Council on Finance and Administration. The vast majority of the journals are from 2016 with some from 2017 or earlier years including one from 2013. The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, used these totals in calculating how many delegates each conference sends to the deno... (read more)
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
Beloved in Christ Jesus: I suspect that every year is the 50th or 100th or some number anniversary of an important event or day. We all pay attention to this kind of thing in varying degrees and often conditioned by our personal, family or group interests. The year 2018 is a real marker for a number of 50ths, and I fully expect that some of them will be featured in various ways in West Ohio. There were many shaping and shaking events in 1968. One that I want... (read more)