Clergy and lay members of Annual Conference participated in this year’s conference remotely while the sessions and services were broadcast live from the John S. Knight Center in Akron June 16-19.
The Clergy Executive Session preceded conference and the 52nd session of conference began on June 16 with the Service of Commissioning and Ordination. Four clergy were commissioned as provisional Elders, one clergy was ordained a Deacon, and seven were ordained as Elders.
The lives and ministry of 47 clergy and lay saints were remembered during the Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion on Thursday, June 17. That afternoon the Celebration of Retirement recognized the 18 retirees of the Class of 2020 and the 24 retirees of the Class of 2021.
During business on Friday, June 18, Bishop Malone recognized outgoing and incoming district superintendents and Conference executive staff and fixed all clergy appointments.
On Saturday, June 19, Annual Conference members approved the proposed 2022 budget of $10,310,161, a 6% decrease from the 2021 budget.
Annual Conference 2022 is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11. It will again be at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are committed to stand against racism.
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:
We celebrate the power of the creative God, the redeeming Christ and the animating Spirit evidenced through the creativity, adaptation and energy of the clergy and laity of the East Ohio Conference. Throughout this global crisis of the COVID-19 virus, you have lived by the Word of God, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39) You have embodied the love of Christ as you have: cared for neighbors and strangers alike in contributing to the healing of body and soul; increased your technological knowledge and capacity for the proclamation of the Gospel; and been the church without walls. We can hear God’s voice and echo it, “Well done, good and faithful servants.” (Matthew 25:23)
The following guidelines are based upon the most current best practices as communicated by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Ohio Department of Health. Please employ them in conversation with your local church “pandemic protocol” team so that they are most applicable to your context and are communicated to your congregations and communities completely, clearly, and consistently. We are each invited to take personal responsibility for the wellbeing of us all. These guidelines are provided so that the covenant community of United Methodists in East Ohio may continue to minimize risk, stamp out disease, and step into God’s new thing – a truly post-COVID-19 pandemic world – with confidence and hope.
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: 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): 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: 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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