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Thursday, May 14, 2020
The February killing of an unarmed Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia, continues to fill the news cycle and our hearts. The Council of Bishops joins the General Commission on Religion and Race and the General Board of Church and Society in condemning this senseless killing, and racism and white supremacy in every form. The list of innocent Black lives who have been needlessly killed grows each day: Eric Garner, Terrence Crutcher, Alton Sterling,... (read more)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
The West Ohio Camping & Retreat Ministries has made the difficult decision to suspend all summer camp programs due to the coronavirus.  "The health, safety and well-being of our campers and staff are very important to us," said Director Ken Overholser. "The decision was made after many hours of conversation, discernment, and prayer with conference leadership, camping and health care officials."   Full refunds are available to those already registered and to... (read more)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
When two nurses contacted "Connecting Threads" at Powell United Methodist Church to ask if volunteers would make protective masks, the answer was "yes." Nurses in local hospitals were working 12-hour shifts with COVID-19 patients, and they lacked adequate protective masks. Connecting Threads, a small-group ministry at Powell, meets monthly for sewing and fellowship. In early March, the request came to Nancy Tela, a member of the group. She alerted the other mem... (read more)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
West Ohio Greenhouse is the subject of the latest episode of Field Preachers: A Church Planting podcast from the United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries. Path 1 New Church Start at Discipleship Ministries encourages investment in relationships, lay and clergy leadership, best practices and healthy partner churches, so that multiplication of world-transforming disciples happens in more places for more people. Click here to listen as Laurie Steele, Jon Mo... (read more)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Wings of the Morning, the United Methodist aviation ministry in North Katanga, has been called into service to assist peace negotiations in a strife-ridden area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The governor of the DRC's Tanganyika province called Gaston Ntambo Nkulu, missionary pilot, for assistance early in March this year. The Cessna Caravan that Ntambo flies is a unique size, big enough to carry a government delegation, yet small enough to land on a... (read more)
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Greetings in Christ Jesus Dear Friends. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all into a posture of change and adjustment to a new reality that is shaping our future in ways we cannot yet fully know or comprehend. We are as a friend of mine used to say when he was overwhelmed, "Brother Palmer, I'm peddling as fast as I can." In spite of COVID-19, or maybe because of it, we are learning at a rapid rate how to function in this season. At the same time we have an... (read more)
Thursday, May 7, 2020
I work at a large, 300-plus bed hospital in Columbus, Ohio. My primary assignment is the emergency department, where we average around 2,500 traumas and 80,000 to 90,000 patient visits a year. In this environment, you never know what the next moment might look like, for you never know the next need that might enter the door. It's part of the unique experience of the emergency department. However, the coronavirus is different. By May 5, more than 260,000 peo... (read more)
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Church and Society takes its signature  Seminar Program virtual in a series of webinars on COVID-19 and social justice issues. The weekly series, called Pre-existing Disparities Revealed, explores how the pandemic intersects with topics such as systemic racism, the carcel system, and access to food. "COVID-19 revealed societal injustices that already existed. This pandemic has magnified familiar societal, political, and economic disparities-now with the added u... (read more)
Thursday, May 7, 2020
In many places around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging healthcare systems that already lack resources and infrastructure. One of these places is the Democratic Republic of Congo, where The West Ohio Conference partners with ministries in the North Katanga area. One of those ministries is Lupandillo Hospital, which provides care for over 2 million people and has no reliable electricity, hindering their capacity to care for people who are critical... (read more)
Thursday, May 7, 2020
The West Ohio Camps announced a continued suspension of operations at Widewater, Wesley and Otterbein through May 25. A final decision regarding the summer camping program is expected soon. "Every week, every month, we have high hopes of setting a reopening date, but health and safety comes first," said Ken Overholser, Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries. Following the directives of Governor Mike DeWine and the Centers of Disease Control, Overholzer said... (read more)