Oct. 18: Update from Bishop Tracy S. Malone About Boy Scouts of America & The UMC

10/6/21: Update from Bishop Tracy S. Malone About Boy Scouts of America & The UMC

Many of our United Methodist churches will receive a package in the mail from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case. The Disclosure Statement Package is being sent to all chartered organizations that sponsored a Boy Scouts troop. It is intended to summarize for chartered organizations how the BSA’s proposed plan of reorganization will affect the legal rights of chartered organizations with respect to Scouting-related sexual abuse claims potentially connected to chartered organizations. The Package will include:

  • a “plan language” summary of the Disclosure Statement for chartered organizations;
  • an “opt out” form relating to options all chartered organizations have as to how sexual abuse claims against each chartered organization will be dealt with. THIS SHOULD NOT BE FILLED OUT BY A LOCAL CHURCH UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE (more information on this will be provided in the next two weeks); and
  • a ballot for casting a vote for or against the plan (only local churches that timely filed a “proof of claim” with the bankruptcy court will receive a ballot, other chartered organizations will only receive the rest of the Package). THIS SHOULD NOT BE FILLED OUT AT THIS TIME (more information on this will be provided in the next two weeks).

Read the Bishop’s letter in its entirety.

Bishop Tracy S. Malone & Extended Cabinet Stand Against Racism

Bishop Tracy S. Malone & Extended Cabinet Stand Against Racism

Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are committed to stand against racism.

Read the Anti-Racism Commitment signed by Bishop Tracy S. Malone & the Extended Cabinet.

Read the Covenant to Resist Racism signed by EOC Laity and Clergy.

Read Bishop Malone’s message “Dismantling Racism … Where Do We Go from Here?” written following the conviction of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

Read the Board of Multicultural Vitality statement celebrating two momentous announcements that highlight the importance of standing against racism and promoting equality and opportunity for all.

Read the Board of Multicultural Vitality statement encouraging clergy and laity to prayerfully and consciously seek ways to respond to racism and violence against Asians and Asian Americans. 

View the Stand Against Racism page on the Conference website to view and download:

  • small group studies,
  • videos & podcasts,
  • resources for all age groups,
  • and more.

Perspectives: Black Theologian Day is Saturday, October 23

Perspectives: Black Theologian Day is Saturday, October 23

“I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat.” – Matthew 25:35

Jesus calls each of us as individuals and churches to participate in repairing communities that are broken.

East Ohio Conference clergy and laity can do that by registering to participate in Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2021, a learning opportunity for pastors, congregations, and faith communities to hear from a Black theological perspective. This year’s theme is Food Insecurity: Addressing the Needs of the Most Vulnerable. Participants will take a deep dive in responding to food insecurity, which affects many areas of our Conference, but disproportionately impacts communities of color.

Guest theologian is Rev. Kyle Brooks, Ph.D., assistant professor of Homiletics, Worship, and Black Church and African Diasporic Studies at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He will explore best practices for addressing food insecurities while sharing about organizations that exist beyond the local church, and what we can do to make a difference.

Perspectives: Black Theologian Day is Saturday, October 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon at Crossroads UMC – Harmont in Canton, located in the former James S. Thomas UMC building in Canton at 3412 Harmont Ave. NE.

Learn more and register.

Equipping local churches to be, make, and mature disciples of Jesus Christ

EOC Vision

EOC VISION: As our Episcopal leader, Bishop Tracy S. Malone holds out a vision and a hope that we will be bold, faithful and courageous in our Christian witness and will behold the power, the Holy Spirit’s power, that has been poured out upon us. View the bishop’s vision message.

AC 2021 & Appointments

AC 2021 & APPOINTMENTS: The 52nd session of Annual Conference was livestreamed June 16-19 from the John S. Knight Center in Akron. View the services, celebrations, and Christ Alive in Us! ministry videos. View and download photos from Annual Conference 2021. View the AC 2021 website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Teach • Reach • Bless

TEACH • REACH • BLESS: The $1.5 million campaign to build a new dorm for female students at Africa University reinforces our East Ohio Conference commitment to the education and wellness of women today for a better Africa tomorrow. Learn more about and support Teach • Reach • Bless.


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