Movie review: The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures

When God created humankind the world was filled with a multiplicity of language and hues and colors of beauty and distinction. Lesser powers at work in the world defied God’s holy order, choosing to discriminate, subjugate, enslave and kill those who failed to meet a more narrow definition of humanity. It has been over fifty years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Americans are still in conversation about the ways in which race impacts our daily life.

The Birth of a Nation falls short of being a masterpiece but is compelling nevertheless and recommended for the many things that it does right.

Read entire review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader.



East Ohio Welcomes Bishop Malone

The people of East Ohio have filled sanctuaries across the conference to welcome Bishop Tracy S. Malone and her family.  Planned by the conference Episcopacy Committee and the Cabinet, the welcome services provide opportunities to meet the bishop while highlighting the hospitality, the passion, and the ministries of the people of East Ohio.

Photos from each of the four services can be viewed and downloaded on the conference Flickr page.

“I am delighted, to be here in the East Ohio Conference.  I look forward to leading you and with you, I look forward to loving you, I look forward to being your pastor, and I look forward to being your friend,” the bishop said at Salem First United Methodist Church (Mahoning Valley District).

“It is my prayer that every congregation will be a vital force of healing and hope in the communities in which they serve, a community of faith where each person is growing in their faith in Christ but also in love and service to their neighbor,” she said at Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District).

“I am praying for a fresh outpouring of God’s spirit upon every pastor, every member and every congregation,” Malone said at Newcomerstown Christ United Methodist Church (Three Rivers District).

The final welcome service is scheduled for 3pm on Sunday, November 13 at Ashland First UMC (Mid-Ohio District).

Called to Serve: All Things Coffee House

Coffee House Sign

By Rick Wolcott*

The last few months of the calendar year signal the start of a new church year.  As the leaves begin to fall and the trees prepare for a long winter, new life is sprouting in the life of East Ohio Conference United Methodist congregations.

Gageville UMC (Western Reserve District) has stepped out in faith and opened All Things Coffee House as an outreach ministry of the church.

“The coffee shop was envisioned during a planning session by the church, which determined that too many of our activities faced inward, and not enough faced outward,” said Ida Mae Olin, church board chairperson and founder of All Things Coffee House.

“Think of Jesus’ travels through Galilee – where did he stop?  At the town well where the people gathered.  Today’s town well is the coffee shop, where people can gather, relax, and meet old and new friends,” Olin said.

“The church is excited about reaching out to the community with our new adventure,” said pastor Theresa Simpson.  “Since starting this project last November, God has been strongly moving us forward, opening many doors that could easily have been closed.”

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The full-service coffee house opened this summer at the corner of Route 193 and Creek Road in Kingsville.  Fall hours are Tuesday-Friday 7am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm.  Customers can choose from hot or cold beverages, sandwiches, pastries and snacks.  The coffee house offers free WI-FI and a relaxing environment perfect for reading, catching up with friends, or hosting a Bible study or small group meeting.

“We look forward to what lies ahead, and all the new people we will meet,” Simpson said.  “We never know in what special way we will touch someone’s life.”

If you would like to highlight a ministry of your church, please send a brief 100- to 150-word write-up and a photo to the East Ohio Conference Communications office.

*Rick Wolcott is director of Communications for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.