Bonhoeffer Project Offers Discipleship Training in Clergy Cluster

According to Bill Hull, author and founder of The Bonhoeffer Project, "the gospel we preach determines the disciples we make." Using this core truth as a guide, the Bonhoeffer Project provides a process through which each participant works with other pastors/ministry leaders to develop and refine a Discipleship Flow Process/Strategy for their specific context. Beginning in September, this training is coming to Northwest Ohio. Rev. Rich Rakay (Delphos Trinity UMC) will be leading a cohort for interested clergy.


Land Returned to Native Tribe

In a moving ceremony filled with song, word and action under the shadow of Chief Joseph Mountain, The United Methodist Church took a small step toward righting an historic wrong. As 115 people gathered from the Nez Perce Tribe, United Methodist Church, camp supporters, and community, The Oregon-Idaho Conference returned a 1.5 acre parcel of land in Oregon to the Nez Perce nation. "I never thought I would see a day come when we would have a hand of friendship from the larger community to the Nimíipuu," said Mary Jane Miles, a member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. 


Conferences are United on Issue of Immigration

While United Methodists differ on how the denomination should regard homosexuality, they speak with much broader agreement on immigration. Both division and consensus were apparent in recent months as annual conferences, the denomination's regional bodies, met to worship and conduct church business. As happened last year, a number of conference voters approved resolutions on the treatment of immigrants as well as the denomination's longtime debate around the status of LGBTQ individuals.


UMComm Helps Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, is an official celebration of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

United Methodist Communications is offering resources to help your church celebrate and build awareness of Hispanic-Latino culture and traditions.


Salem UMC in Wyandot County to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

On Sunday, September 30, Salem United Methodist Church in the Northwest Plains District, will celebrate its 150th Anniversary with a worship service at 10:00 am, followed by a potluck meal at Noon. The church was originally dedicated on February 14, 1869, though the first meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Church in this area came in 1857 in a log school house. The celebration service will include a message from former pastor, Rev. Greg Leigh, and some old time gospel music, as well as a special offering for the "Light the Way" campaign.


Earthkeepers Initiative Offers Environmental Trainings

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is looking for laity and clergy who want to develop or deepen environmental initiatives in their communities by participating in the mission agency's EarthKeepers program.

Applications are invited for two upcoming trainings, where Global Ministries will provide lodging and meals.

The trainings are September 27-30 in Detroit, with a September 6 application deadline, and November 1-4 in Salt Lake City, with an October 11 deadline.


Retreat for Associate Members & Local Pastors is August 19-22

The Fellowship of Associate Members & Local Pastors will host 'A Fearless Yes' retreat at Lakeside-Chautauqua, August 19-22. Spiritual formation classes will be led by Sue Nilson-Kibbey, West Ohio Director of Missional Church Development; Rev. Brent Watson will provide the Faith for Living Hours.

Registration is $25, plus $75 per night per room for accommodations (meals are included).

Registration deadline is this Friday, August 10.


Linworth Youth Trips to Laos Featured in Mission Magazine

Jessica Cavinee serves as the pastor of youth and discipleship for Linworth United Methodist Church in Columbus. Linworth UMC participates with the In Mission Together program to support Methodist communities in Laos. Cavinee has traveled with two mission trips to Laos and plans a third youth trip for 2019. In 2017, she led a mission trip of older youth to visit. Jessica was interviewed about her experiences for an article in New World Outlook, the mission magazine of the General Board of Global Ministries.