Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy Will Meet In-Person September 6-8 in Delaware Co.

Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy Will Meet In-Person September 6-8 in Delaware County

The Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy is a joint retreat for African American clergy of the East Ohio Conference and the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church featuring Bishop Tracy S. Malone and Bishop Gregory V. Palmer.

The 2022 Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy will meet in-person beginning at noon Tuesday, September 6 and concluding at noon Thursday, September 8.

The site of this year’s retreat is the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio and the theme of the retreat is How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Resilient Leadership.

Attending clergy are encouraged to read these books:

  • How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season by Susan Beaumont, and
  • We Shall Be Changed: Questions for the Post-Pandemic Church by Mark D.W. Edington.

Registration closes Monday, August 22 at noon.

Registration cost includes room accommodations for those staying onsite as well as dinner the first day of the retreat, three meals the second day of the retreat, and breakfast and lunch on the last day of the retreat. Note that participants are responsible for their own lunch before the noon start of the retreat.

If you have questions about the retreat, please e-mail East Ohio Executive Director of Connectional Ministries the Rev. Ed Fashbaugh at efashbaugh@eocumc.com or West Ohio Director of the Office of Ministry the Rev. Donnetta Peaks at dpeaks@wocumc.org.

Learn more and register by August 22.


UMCOR, UMC Assisting Communities Devastated by Deadly Kentucky Floods

UMCOR, UMC Assisting Communities Devastated by Deadly Kentucky Floods

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is on the ground in the Kentucky Conference leading efforts to aid those impacted by the recent deadly flooding.

The area is not yet ready to receive Early Response Teams from other UMC conferences, but there are several ways that you can assist our brothers and sisters in Christ in Kentucky right now:

EOC Executive Director of Connectional Ministries the Rev. Ed Fashbaugh will notify the Conference when ERT teams are invited to assist the Kentucky Conference.

Visit the Kentucky Conference website.
Visit the EOC Disaster Response page.


2022-2023 Cabinet: Eight Superintendents Serving 10 East Ohio Conference Districts

2022-2023 Cabinet: Eight Superintendents Serving 10 East Ohio Conference Districts

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  - Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

“Yes! God is doing a new thing in the East Ohio Conference and in these unprecedented times, God is making a way and unfolding new ministry and leadership possibilities,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone in a letter to the Conference on February 15 describing her superintendency plan for 2022-23.

As of July 1, the 10 districts are being served by eight superintendents and new superintendency models are being implemented in two regions of the Conference.

  • Rev. Bruce Hitchcock is the new superintendent of the North Coast District after previously serving as Ohio Valley District superintendent.
  • Rev. Laura White, Southern Hills District superintendent, will expand her leadership to also serve as co-superintendent of the Ohio Valley District.
  • Rev. Kelly Brown, Three Rivers District superintendent, will expand his leadership to also serve as Ohio Valley District co-superintendent.
  • Rev. Nestor Nazario, superintendent of the Mid-Ohio District, will expand his leadership to also serve as the superintendent of the Firelands District. Currently, Rev. Donna Van Trees assists the Firelands District superintendent. She will continue to work part-time and be appointed to serve as the district superintendent associate.

Read Bishop Malone’s letter in its entirety.

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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.


#BeUMC

#BEUMC: You are invited to tell others why you choose to be United Methodist. The #BeUMC campaign is built on these four values of United Methodism: disciple making; belonging and inclusion; influence, connection, and impact; and experiencing God through The UMC. Learn more about #BeUMC.


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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