Safe Sanctuaries Training Event Sept. 15

Safe Sanctuaries Training Event

Register now to take part in “Safe Sanctuaries for Today’s World: A lot has changed ….”  The training event is Thursday, September 15 from 9am-3pm at Faith UMC in North Canton. 

Melanie Gordon, of United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries, will be the keynote speaker and a member of the day’s panel discussion.  The event will also feature workshops that will focus on starting a safe sanctuary policy, using safe sanctuaries as an act of hospitality, and building a safe social media presence for your ministry.

The deadline to register yourself and your team is September 9.  Register today.  

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Bishop Hopkins Retires

“I want to say good-bye to my close friends in the East Ohio Area and say how much I’ve enjoyed serving you over the last 12 years,” says retiring Bishop John L. Hopkins in the above video.

He and his wife Elaine have moved to a suburb of Indianapolis, not far from two of their sons and their families.  Bishop Tracy S. Malone is the new resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference.

“(She) is just a wonderful gift of God who is coming to serve among you,” Hopkins said. 

Bishop Malone can be reached at bishopmalone@eocumc.com.

Four Areas of Focus of The United Methodist Church


ENGAGING IN MINISTRY WITH THE POOR – Jesus calls us to be in ministry with the poor and the marginalized. United Methodists believe working side-by-side with those striving to improve their situation is more effective long-term than top-down charity.  Learn more.


IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH – Knowing that poverty and health are intertwined, The United Methodist Church has become a key player in fighting diseases and promoting initiatives that improve the well-being of individuals and communities.  Learn more.


DEVELOPING PRINCIPLED CHRISTIAN LEADERS – The church needs leaders rooted in Jesus Christ who have a vision for changing the world.  We must reach, and nurture, today’s young people to shape the church’s path into the future. Learn more.


CREATING NEW AND RENEWED CONGREGATIONS – United Methodists are reimagining what it means to be the church, planting new congregations, and revitalizing faith communities. By being relevant and vital, we will draw more people to Christ.  Learn more.

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