Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2022 Reaching Across the Racial Divide

Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2022 Reaching Across the Racial Divide

On Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Strongsville UMC, cousins Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby will share their experiences of discovering they are connected through slavery and then embarking on a path toward reconciliation and reparation.

Their presentation will draw on lessons from their 2021 book, Cousins: Connected through slavery, A Black woman and a White woman discover their past – and each other. In alternating chapters, each woman tells her dramatic story – from Betty’s experience as one of the first Black children to attend her desegregated school, to Phoebe’s eventual question to Betty, “How do I begin to repair the harms?”

The cousins are living out a dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that the children of former slaves and the children of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table in fellowship.

Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2022 participants will hear about the working reparations project the cousins conceived together and learn from them ways to reach across the racial divide and work toward racial reconciliation in their personal lives, in their churches, and throughout their communities.

Registration is free BUT YOU MUST REGISTER BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 so that we will know how many meals to prepare.

Childcare will be available at the church for the event, but adults will need to pick-up their children for the lunch break.

Learn more and register by September 30.


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Support Disaster Response & Participate in October EOC UMCOR Cleaning Kit Drive

Support UMC Disaster Response & Participate in Our EOC UMCOR Cleaning Kit Drive in October

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is assisting the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, a storm that will also impact other cities along the coast of North America.

Support UMCOR US Disaster Response Fund 901670.

UMCOR also continues to help those impacted by the deadly historic flooding this summer in eastern Kentucky and has already delivered approximately 3,000 UMCOR cleaning kits to affected areas of the state. To assist in replenishing its depleted kit inventory, UMCOR is asking UMC conferences to donate kits.

East Ohio Conference Disaster Response invites clergy and laity to join in an UMCOR cleaning kit drive with assembled kits collected October 24-30.

This is your chance to do hands-on mission work, partner with groups in your community, and supply UMCOR with cleaning kits for future disasters. Collected cleaning kits will be delivered to the Eastbrook Mission Barn, the closest UMCOR site to our Conference.

Drop-off Locations by Districts

  • CN @ Tallmadge UMC - Oct. 24 and Oct. 26
  • FL @ Trinity UMC from Oct. 24-28
  • MO @ Trinity UMC from Oct. 24-28
  • MV @ Boardman UMC from Oct. 24-28
  • NC @ Strongsville UMC from Oct. 24-28
  • OV @ Carrollton First UMC from Oct. 24-28
  • SH @ Old Washington UMC from Oct. 24-30
  • TR @ Roscoe UMC from Oct. 24-28
  • TW @ Newcomers Chapel UMC from Oct. 24-28
  • WR @ Mentor UMC from Oct. 24-28

Learn more about the EOC UMCOR cleaning kit drive.

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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

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2022: East Ohio Conference clergy and laity met June 9-11 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron for the 53rd session of Annual Conference during which they worshipped, fellowshipped, and conducted necessary business. Learn more on the AC 2022 website.


Disaster Response

DISASTER RESPONSE: The East Ohio Conference responds when disasters strike working in unison with United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to do no harm and do good in assisting those whose lives are turned upside down by disasters. Learn how you can support disaster recovery.


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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