Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
Consider an African proverb: “If the lion does not tell its story, the hunter will always be the hero.” “Persons who are depressed and oppressed have a tendency not to tell their story,” said retired Bishop Forrest Stith, who played a pivotal role in founding the African American Methodist Heritage Center in 2001 to document the history of Black Methodists. Without the center, “the story of Methodism is told by those who are in a better position,” he added, “... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022
Happy New Year! Today, we’re introducing the big theme for LeaderCast for 2022 and what’s guiding Hope Throughout the Year. We're also experimenting with including verbatim transcripts of the podcast starting with this episode. Keep in mind, reading a conversation transcript is different than reading a blog, book, or article. Continue Reading and Listen to Episode 211
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
Dear friends in Christ Jesus: Welcome to 2022. An all-new year, all new opportunities has unfolded. What is true about the turn of the year is quite frankly true about the gift of every new day. The reality that each year and each day places before us a fresh opportunity to become more fully who God intends for us to be does not at all signify that we are without challenges. It makes me ponder whether or not our challenges are in fact our opportunities.... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
In response to the killing of George Floyd in 2020, Bethel International United Methodist Church in the Capital Area North District made a commitment as a congregation to do the work to stand against racism of all forms. Along with many events hosted by Bethel to bring people together with the same commitment, Bethel hosts Micah Mondays, a weekly physical presence of members of the congregation and community in front of the church as a sign of their stance agai... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
Two Early Response Team trainings will be held in the first two months of 2022 to prepare individuals to respond to the disasters in Kentucky and around the U.S. The first training will be held online via Zoom on January 14-15, and the second will be held in-person at Aley UMC in Beavercreek on February 12. Both trainings will be taught by UMCOR-certified West Ohio ERT trainers and will include the 8-hour Basic ERT class to train new responders in providing a c... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
In October of 2021, we celebrated with the City of Dayton the conclusion of the individual homeowner recovery process, following the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. Yet the recovery process has been ongoing for survivors whose rental units were destroyed in that same storm. Now, West Ohio work teams and congregations have the opportunity to serve these neighbors. The Pathways to Home Ownership Project assists families displaced from tornado-damaged rental housing... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
The General Council on Finance and Administration has updated minimum property and liability insurance guidelines. As your church trustees review your coverage levels in 2022, it would be beneficial to review the current guidelines. Click here for guidelines
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has partnered with United Methodist Communications to add UM Sexual Ethics site to ResourceUMC. This collaboration has allowed this crucial website to be more user-friendly. You can visit the new site at Along with the UM Sexual Ethics re-launch, GCSRW has released a new sexual ethics resource entitled Do No More Harm to help those understand the complexities of the complaint pro... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 22, 2021
When you think about joy, what comes to mind? Join Tim and Sara for three reasons “Joy is a Big Deal” and experience the wonder of a child alongside moments of learning from everyday life. Continue Reading and listen to Episode 209
Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021
In a world where violence continues to be normalized, trauma is accelerating at an exponential rate, and wholeness is being co-opted by self-help gurus, we need a little peace! No, we’re not talking about “peace and quiet” or calm. While those things are good, the Prince of Peace offers a more robust experience of peace. Episode 208 explores four reasons “Peace is a Big Deal.” Continue reading and listen to Episode 208