Resource Teaches About Ministering with and to Refugees and Migrants in East Ohio

New Resource Teaches About Ministering with and to Refugees and Migrants in East Ohio

During Advent as we prepared again to celebrate the birth of our Savior, we also remembered Mary and Joseph fleeing from Egypt, fearful and afraid refugees. Today, millions of people across the world are refugees from their homelands for many different reasons.

Hosting Angels in our Midst: An Introduction to Refugees and Global Migrants for All Ages is the newest All In God’s Image educational guide for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Designed for those ages six- to 12-years old, this guide is ideal for Sunday school, small groups, and families interested in:

  • learning more about refugees and global migrants;
  • understanding that we live together as neighbors in our communities; and
  • discovering the many ways our East Ohio Conference is building relationships and supporting families as they’ve migrated.

The Multicultural Ministries team has scheduled a training opportunity for using this new resource on Monday, February 20. In-person and online Zoom participants in this one-hour 7:00 p.m. training will receive an in-depth look at the resource and tips on how best to use it from the guide’s author Certified Diversity Professional Corinne R. Dunn, M.Ed., M.A.

Questions about the training and guide should be e-mailed to Will Fenton-Jones, Connectional Ministries office Multicultural Ministries director, who can resource your church with any needed materials.

Download Hosting Angels in our Midst: An Introduction to Refugees and Global Migrants for All Ages.

Register for the February 20 resource training event


Come Transform Lives with Us through
The United Methodist Church. #Be UMC.

Two teens from Mt. Tabor UMC in the Tuscarawas District share why they are United Methodist:

Emily said, “I’m United Methodist because the denomination is so accepting and really tries to have everybody be comfortable and be together.”

“Especially with me. My style’s kind of out there and every time I go into church, I feel very welcomed,” added her friend, Keegan.

The teens are two of the many East Ohio Conference laity and clergy sharing how their lives continue to be transformed through The United Methodist Church. To share your #BeUMC story of transformation e-mail Brett Hetherington, EOC Communications specialist.

View #BeUMC stories & the EOC #BeUMC website.

Storyboard: Faith Witness Transformation

Each episode of our podcast Storyboard: Faith Witness Transformation explores what it means to #BeUMC.

Episode Two “Belonging & Inclusion: Welcome ‘Different’, Don’t Define It” features a conversation with Pastor Christy Suffecool and three teens from Mt. Tabor UMC that shines a light on the daily efforts of church members to welcome all of God’s children, not just those who look, sound, or think like they do.


Summer Camp 2023: Every Summer Has a Story Start Your Camper’s Story Today

Summer Camp 2023: Every Summer Has a Story Start Your Camper’s Story by Registering Today

At East Ohio Camps we are all focused on partnering with families and local congregations so that camp can be a part of the stories of the children, youth, and adults you send our way.

The settings where the stories come alive are all different. Camp AldersgateCamp Asbury, and Camp Wanake and the other camp opportunities for youth CYFReachOut, and Institute, each provide excellent camping experiences while offering a variety of programs that celebrate their uniqueness.

Campers,
 we want your summer to be full of fun, faith formation, adventure, and growth! That’s why we are planning a summer that will have you telling your family and friends, “I connected with great friends and great counselors, had fun adventures, learned new things, experienced God, and now my faith is soaring!”

Parents, 
East Ohio Camps offers your child the following opportunities in a safe environment:

  • building relationships with God and others,
  • practicing making good decisions,
  • trying new things and developing skills,
  • growing as a leader,
  • experiencing positive role models,
  • living Christian community, and
  • much more.

Registration is now open for Summer Camp 2023.

Visit the East Ohio Conference Camps website by clicking the link below to learn about the individual summer programming offered this year at Camp Aldersgate, Camp Asbury, and Camp Wanake.

Learn more and register for Summer Camp 2023.

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Conference Stands Against Racism

EOC STANDS AGAINST RACISM: Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are committed to stand against racism. Visit the Stand Against Racism resource page for small group studies, videos, podcasts, books, and more to learn how you can stand against racism.


Annual Conference 2022

2023 CLERGY APPOINTMENTS: Bishop Tracy S. Malone and her Cabinet make clergy appointments with a commitment to open itineracy; consideration of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed; and the needs and opportunities of congregations. View the appointments/changes of status list


Annual Conference 2023

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2023: The 54th session of Annual Conference is June 8-10 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The theme for this year’s conference is Faith Hope Love and the words that will guide worship services and business sessions come from 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (CEB). Registration opens April 3.


Disaffiliation Pathway

DISAFFILIATION PATHWAY: Following consultation between Bishop Malone and EOC leadership, churches and clergy wishing to separate from the denomination must follow the disaffiliation pathway found in ¶ 2553 of The Book of Discipline of The UMC. View the EOC Disaffiliation Pathway resource.



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