Clergy Executive Session (Wednesday, June 8) and Annual Conference (Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11) will meet in-person at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Registration for both sessions closed on Friday, May 13. There is no onsite registration.
All worship services, celebrations, and business sessions of Annual Conference will be livestreamed on the Conference website. Keynote speakers this year are Bishop Tracy S. Malone, Bishop Laura Barbins of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA, East Ohio clergy Pastor Sheena Cameron and the Rev. Ed Fashbaugh, and Rev. Dr. Michael Beck of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Youth Annual Conference will meet in-person June 17-19 at Walsh University in North Canton. Featured guests include Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand, Rev. Abby Auman, and artists 321 Improv and Sarah Reeves.
Laity and clergy, working together, exceeded the goal of raising and collecting $1.5 million in support of the East Ohio Conference Teach • Reach • Bless campaign to build and furnish a new residence hall for 90 female students on the campus of Africa University in Zimbabwe! On Tuesday, April 12 shovels turned the earth on the site where the residence hall will be built on campus and a ceremonial ground-breaking took place at the East Ohio Conference office.
“This is so much more than an investment in a residence hall,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone. “We are investing in an education, investing in leadership, investing in safe and secure housing. We are investing in students’ lives!”
“Today is a day to celebrate. This is a day to say thank you. Thank you to pastors and church leaders who communicated the urgency of this effort,” said Rev. Bill McFadden, campaign co-chair. “Each gift is a testament to what East Ohio United Methodists can do when together we join to do what some might say is a reach too far.”
“East Ohio, you have made it possible for women attending Africa University to have a safe place to stay while earning degrees,” said Dr. Maggie Jackson, campaign co-chair.
Cabinet liaison to the campaign the Rev. Bruce Hitchcock said that the risen Christ greet each person who walks into the new residence hall. “It will literally be a means of grace for a lot of women. This is what our God does. This is the spirit of the campaign: the love of Jesus and the care for our sisters.”
Bishop Tracy S. Malone reminds us that the mission of Jesus Christ is alive in the East Ohio Conference amidst anxiety caused by the postponement until 2024 of the 2020 General Conference, and the uncertainty being experienced because of plans of disaffiliation and separation. We are on a journey to live into our shared vision of discipleship, evangelism, and transformation.
“I want us to stay focused on our mission and on our vision because let us remember that what is not postponed and what we never disaffiliate ourselves from is our calling to share the love and the good news of Jesus Christ. We never disaffiliate and separate from our compassion for those who are hurting and grieving. We never separate ourselves from the listening and the responding to the needs of the poor and the marginalized, and our work for peace, hope, and reconciliation,” Malone shares in the video. “It is my earnest hope and my earnest prayer that none of you will choose to separate or disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church. There is a place for you.”
Though that is her hope, Bishop Malone acknowledges that some individuals and churches do not feel at home in The United Methodist Church for reasons of conscience and convictions related to differences on matters regarding human sexuality.
In this video Bishop Malone outlines the disaffiliation and separation path the Conference will use, a pathway determined after consultation between the Bishop, the chancellor, the Board of Trustees president, the CCF&A chair, the Financial & Administrative Services executive director, the executive director of Connectional Ministries, and the executive assistant to the bishop.
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.
#BEUMC: This campaign reminds us of who we are at our best – the spirit-filled, resilient, connected, missional, faithful, diverse, deeply rooted, committed, disciple-making, Jesus-seeking, generous, justice-seeking, world-changing people of God called The United Methodist Church. Learn more.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Visit this resource for messages from Bishop Malone, links to livestreamed worship services, non-traditional worship ideas, and other tips we can incorporate in order to stay connected to and minister with church and community members during the coronavirus pandemic.
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