I invite us on a journey of deepening our faith in Jesus Christ and reaffirming our commitment to practice the spiritual disciplines that lead to greater discipleship.
I invite us to focus on each week’s provided theme and scriptures, and to take time to listen to how the Holy Spirit is speaking into our lives and calling us to respond.
During Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, I invite us to read the daily devotions that I wrote for publication in The Upper Room Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions 2024. You can order the book online through the Cokesbury website, www.cokesbury.com.
Every day we choose to say yes!
“One reason I am United Methodist is because The United Methodist Church believes in camp and retreat ministry as a powerful force, a powerful transforming tool,” said Julie Lautt, director of Camp Wanake in Beach City. “It is through camps and retreat ministries that we are able to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in powerful ways.
You are invited to tell your #BeUMC story of transformation in The United Methodist Church. To do so, please e-mail Brett Hetherington, EOC Communications specialist.
Each episode of our East Ohio Conference podcast, Storyboard: Faith Witness Transformation, explores what it means to #BeUMC.Episode 28 is titled “Experience of God Through The UMC: Mission Journeys Transform for a Lifetime”. The episode features a roundtable conversation with young adults both before and after participating in an UMVIM mission journey to Puerto Rico. Hear about their life-changing experiences and learn the difference between mission journeys and mission trips.
February marks the annual observance of Black History Month, a time dedicated to recognizing and honoring the rich cultural heritage and significant contributions of African Americans. This month presents a unique and important opportunity for all congregations, particularly predominantly white churches, to engage in meaningful reflection, celebration, and action.
Observing Black History Month is not just about acknowledging the past; it's a commitment to a future of inclusivity, understanding, and unity in Christ. Here are some things you can do to center the voices and stories of Black Americans:
Commit to reading or listening to Black authors, such as the book Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace by Rev. Dr. Sidney Williams, Jr., the East Ohio Conference 2023 Black Theologian Day speaker.
Hear stories like those told in the video EOC Black Clergy Share Their Experiences of Race and Ministry.
Download and use the All In God’s Image: A Celebration of Black History and Diversity curriculum and family study guide.
You can also attend educational programs, partner with African American churches, read, and pray and reflect.
2024 CLERGY APPOINTMENTS: Bishop Tracy S. Malone and her Cabinet appoint clergy with a commitment to open itineracy; consideration of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed; & the needs, characteristics, and opportunities of congregations. View the clergy appointment list.
BE A YES! CHURCH: Every time we accept the invitation to come to the Lord’s Table, we are saying YES to being open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Learn about being a YES! Church committed to worshipping, praying, loving, growing, serving, listening, and connecting!
LIGHTHOUSE CHURCHES: Are you on a pilgrimage searching for a new church to call home? We invite you to visit a Lighthouse church near you. These are congregations dedicated to The United Methodist Church that welcome those seeking a new church home. Find a Lighthouse church in your area.
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.