Reentering society, former inmates face many challenges: Where will they work and live? Where do they belong? How will they be welcomed? How will they rebuild trust within their families and their communities?
It doesn’t matter whether the church is in an urban, suburban or rural neighborhood. Over the years, the congregation may suddenly find its membership is more reflective of the past than of the neighborhood around the church building.
That is a topic the Rev. John Edgar, pastor of The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, has discussed with congregations he’s served as a district superintendent and, later, as a church consultant.
Recognizing and welcoming diversity has long been a priority in The West Ohio Annual Conference. After all, inclusiveness and diversity are not only biblically mandated; they also were core components of Christ’s ministry.
Des Moines, Iowa: The Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, announced today that an error was made in the text of a proposed Constitutional amendment as it was presented for voting, and which subsequently failed to pass. Amendment #1 of the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference--and which narrowly failed to be ratified--included a sentence which had been removed by the legislative body.
CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale:
Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes:
The West Ohio Conference is currently seeking an Accounts Receivable. This is a part-time position that is expected to average 25 hours per week Monday through Friday.
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