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Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. This special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. Here in West Ohio, 50% of the Peace with Justice Offe... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries of The United Methodist Church. In June, we pray for all people affected by the realities of racism. Racism is not dead. In fact, racism is an everyday reality. Often this racism goes unnoticed, like the Black child who is never considered for the gifted program at school or the White woman who crosses the street when she sees a Black man walking towards her. Much of the time, rac... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
As this COVID-19 crisis continues, the Ohio Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is providing confidential telephonic and videoconferencing counseling options to support West Ohio Conference members, spouses, and dependent family members. WOC members, spouses, and dependents can also call for brief phone support - no appointment necessary to speak with a clinician for emotional support by phone during business hours M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. In a time when man... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
The West Ohio Conference recently provided a $100,000 grant to the Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP) of The United Methodist Church. The funds will provide support to organizations already active in helping Native communities combat COVID-19. Native tribes in the southwest United States have been hit hard by the coronavirus, particularly the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. In fact, Navajo Nation has the highest per capita infection rate of any place in... (read more)
Monday, Jun 1, 2020
The West Ohio Conference recently provided a $100,000 grant to the Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP) of The United Methodist Church. The funds will provide support to organizations already active in helping Native communities combat COVID-19. Native tribes in the southwest United States have been hit hard by the coronavirus, particularly the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. In fact, Navajo Nation has the highest per capita infection rate of any place in... (read more)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Dear friends in Jesus Christ: What a season we have been through and what a week we are in. The angst and pain are palpable. I need you to know I share that pain and I see me in some way shape or form every time I see video clips from Minneapolis and around the country. I have no illusion. It could have been me. That’s the world in which we live. The death of George Floyd is a painful sequel to much that we have seen before. God help us if you please. I grie... (read more)
Thursday, May 28, 2020
On a whim, Judy Robinson purchased a bucket of wire at a farm auction for 25 cents. She had no use for it at the time. Later, however, she would use the wire for a mission to fight COVID-19. A member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, Ohio, Robinson wanted to respond to the pandemic. "We had a feeding ministry," she said, "but the state restrictions kept us from it." A seamstress and textile business owner, she recruited three other women to... (read more)
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Many of the repair and rebuilding needs of Dayton's tornado survivors were put on hold when the pandemic hit. Now, skilled adult volunteers are needed for day-only work in Dayton (no overnights - teams drive in and out each day).  Volunteers must follow specific protocols including no more than 10 people per work site (larger teams may be split between sites), maintaining 6 feet between volunteers, wearing masks, not sharing and/or disinfecting tools after use,... (read more)
Thursday, May 28, 2020
On Tuesday, June 2, 1-2:30 pm, All In Community will offer a webinar on "Volunteering from 6-Feet Away: How to Activate your Community Mission Ministry During the COVID-19 Crisis."  Join in this deep dive with three leaders who are meeting the challenge of keeping volunteers safe in their service and making the most vulnerable feel safe being served. Our guest presenters will discuss strategies for engaging your church's mission-minded volunteers safely and com... (read more)
Thursday, May 28, 2020
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" Isaiah 58:6 (NIV) Yesterday, video footage posted on social media showed George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American man, handcuffed and pinned to the ground at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer's knee. Mr. Floyd can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!"  Bystanders also begged officers... (read more)