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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
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
The Liturgical Resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The collection of liturgical and music resources will be presented to the 2024 General Conference for approval. While all worship-related resources are welcome at any time, the Committee particularly invites the submission of resources for the following until June 30, 2019: Baptism Confirmation Re... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
Over the last several weeks you have been faithful in your prayers for our beloved bishop, Judith Craig. She passed away earlier today surrounded by her loving family and dear friends. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Further information will be shared at a later date. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) is now accepting registrations for its third annual Native immersion experience to be held March 13-17, 2019 in Oklahoma City. The experience provides history, context, and unique perspective on Native peoples in The United Methodist Church. In addition, Oklahoma Natives proudly share their traditions and culture throughout the event. "The immersion experience is important because it teaches you so much more than... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Council of Bishops is offering up to six partial scholarships for young adults and seminary students participating in the 2019 UMEIT:USA. The United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training in the USA will be held April 1-4, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. It is held in conjunction with the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity. Go to www.nwcu.org for more information about the event. The UMEIT: USA portion will include basic training on The Ecumenical... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Fierce Conference, to be held February 7-8 at Ginghamsburg UMC, 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 an industry that provides kingdom of God impa... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Ohio Council of Churches is part of the initiative "Breaking the Chains of Slavery and Racial Bias," including an effort to involve churches in a discussion of the book and documentary titled, African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (video can be obtained through Amazon). OCC's participation in this effort is linked to its anti-racism priority and connection with the ACT NOW to End Racism effort of the National Council of Churches. Toward that end, a discus... continue reading