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Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
In recent weeks, West Ohio United Methodists have been moved to participate in peaceful protests and in the ministry of presence. Individuals and congregations have stepped up and spoken out about racism and violence around the state. This is the first of a two part article.  Obeying the Holy Spirit During Social Unrest Three days before Pentecost Sunday is the celebration of the Feast of Weeks, commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery un... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
COVID-19 impacted our lives in ways we had never seen. Our homeless ministries were no exception. In early June, the Rev. Mary Sullivan became aware that homeless people were not being fed. As Sullivan walked into St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Toledo one Wednesday, she was encountered by a homeless woman who asked what she was drinking. After Sullivan responded, "iced tea," the woman asked boldly if she could have a drink because she was so thirsty. The... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
I work at a large, 300-plus bed hospital in Columbus, Ohio. My primary assignment is in the emergency department, where we average around 2,500 traumas and 80,000 to 90,000 patient visits a year. The last time I had a chance to write was Easter morning, and it is hard to believe all that has happened in the past seven weeks. The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on so many facets of life. Worldwide, over 350,000 people have died. In the past week, we passed 100,... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020
Many churches will be missing the ear-splitting squeals, messy spills, sweet singing, enthusiastic clapping, stomping and joyous laughter of children running through the halls during vacation Bible school this summer. But, the children won't miss being introduced to Jesus or hearing stories from the Bible taught by caring Christian mentors. Vacation Bible school is a cherished event in the life of churches and the hearts of children but COVID-19 is changing... continue reading
Friday, Jun 12, 2020
For Christ is our peace… he has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.- Ephesians 2:14 The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25 has rocked our nation and world and pierced us to the core.  The video image seared into our minds, hearts and souls is horrific, terrifying, disgusting and outrageous.  While we’ve each made commitments and statements in our respective areas along with m... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
In this session of Faith & Works: Conversations that move us to action, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer speaks with Rev. Dr. Joni Sancken, Associate Professor of Homiletics at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  A member of the Academy of Homiletics, Dr. Sancken is the author of "Words that Heal: Preaching Hope to Wounded Souls." Her interests include theological approaches to preaching, women preachers, preaching about the cross and resurrection and pre... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
Those living in the United States exist in a culture permeated with racial bias. We may not be able to avoid racism, but we don't have to accept it. If God's kingdom is to come, and God's will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven, things need to change. We United Methodists can be agents of that transformation by changing our beliefs, changing our actions, and working to change the world.** Changing Beliefs About Race Becoming an agent of transformati... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
The Rev. Gregory Holston spent Sunday afternoon rallying people for justice at a peaceful demonstration outside Philadelphia's City Hall. The next night, June 1, he joined fellow United Methodists and law enforcement officials by Zoom to organize for justice long-term. "You can talk about police reform, and you can talk about police accountability and I believe in all of those things," Holston said on Zoom. "But the reality is that every police department is re... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
We know we are missing each other and Summer camp. While we can’t have fun in person, we’re creating a series of videos to share some of our favorite camp activities and faith-filled moments with you. Videos will be released from June 8-July 24 around the theme, "Love God - Love Others".   Mondays- Camp pastors will share a message.   Wednesdays and Fridays - Camp staff will share games, songs, and activities that you can do by yourself or with your fam... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
That we are in a challenging season is the understatement of the year and maybe the decade. The church and the society are for example fighting for health and shalom for all God's children as we face two prominent viruses. The one is the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and the other is virulent racism. The one is new, the other old. This doesn't even name the anxiety about what's ahead for the United Methodist Church. So I say again, this is a challenging season.... continue reading