Updated Boy Scouts of America Information from Bishop Tracy S. Malone

BSA Bankruptcy Affects United Methodist Congregations

The United Methodist Church, as a connectional system, is a gift to conferences, districts, and local churches of our denomination because it provides avenues for shared mission and witness and the sharing and receiving of resources, ideas, and expertise. Currently, I and my episcopal colleagues across the Church are continuing to work with our respective conference chancellors and counsel for The UMC to resource our conferences and the local churches that charter Boy Scout troops.

The Boy Scouts of America has declared bankruptcy resulting from abuse allegations going back many decades. Because United Methodist churches are often the chartering organization for those Scout troops, our churches are at risk of being included in legal proceedings as abuse victims seek redress.

To resource our pastors, congregations, and faith communities, I formed the East Ohio Conference Boy Scouts of America leadership team. Members were selected because of the roles they serve, based upon the guidance received from our denomination’s Ad Hoc Committee representing the interests of The United Methodist Church in this legal matter.

Questions for the EOC BSA leadership team should be e-mailed to BSA_UMC_Questions@eocumc.com.

Read Bishop Malone’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.

United Methodist Churches to Celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 3

Nelson Mandela said that education, “is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

On Sunday, October 3 The United Methodist will join with other denominations around the globe to celebrate World Communion Sunday. On that day, churches across our denomination will collect a special offering to support a diverse mix of national and international ethnic young adults to make a global impact for Christ. The offering will also assist countless gifted and qualified youth and young adults who face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocations for which they have been gifted by God.

Thanks to your generosity last year, The UMC collected $400,254 on World Communion Sunday.

One half of this year’s proceeds will benefit World Communion Sunday scholars administered by the General Board of Global Ministries. The remaining one half will be used for the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Learn more about World Communion Sunday.

Download World Communion Sunday resources.

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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