“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
– Isaiah 41:10
I am still processing the acts of violence and the insurrection that took place at The U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6. I am shocked and dismayed at what I saw and heard - and I know that I am not alone. The traumatization, anger and weariness that is being felt by every generation and on multiple levels are not only in response to what transpired this week, but it is a visceral response to the cumulative acts of hatred, bigotry, violence and enmity that continue to be experienced and that run rampant in communities across the nation. These ongoing pervasive forces continue to create a volatile social and political environment that perpetuate division and threaten the common good.
What we witnessed this week was a violent reaction to misinformation born out of lies, unhealthy behaviors, and fear. But we also witnessed the spirit of God at work in the midst of the chaos as people stepped up to demonstrate that truth matters. The truth does matter - and the truth is that forces of hatred, violence, and destruction do not have the last word.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are making their voices heard as they and our brothers and sisters in Christ across The United Methodist Church stand against racism.
View the Stand Against Racism page on the Conference website to view and download:
Visit the Native American Ministries page to read a statement on behalf of the East Ohio Conference Multicultural Vitality Board celebrating two momentous announcements that highlight the importance of standing against racism and promoting equality and opportunity for all.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone announces the following appointments, made to ensure that the East Ohio Conference continues to be strategically staffed for both the sustainability of the Church and for the future of the Church. The appointments, made after prayerful discernment, are effective July 1:
“Each of these leaders is fully committed to The United Methodist Church and bring visionary leadership, creative skills and expertise and ministry experiences that will strategically benefit their specific roles and will serve as a strong asset in our shared vision of sustaining our mission of making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ and for helping to steward our emerging witness and mission in the world. These transitions provide an opportunity to adapt some portfolios based on what we have learned during this past year,” Malone said.
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.
2021 CLERGY APPOINTMENTS: Bishop Tracy S. Malone and the Cabinet make clergy appointments with a commitment to open itineracy and consideration of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed and the needs, characteristics and opportunities of congregations. View the clergy appointments list.
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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