EOC Clergy Walk Where Jesus Walked; Bishop and the Foundation Make Holy Land Pilgrimage a Reality

By Rick Wolcott* Young clergy and newly ordained clergy of the East Ohio Conference embarked on a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in early February. The trip was the result of a joint effort between Bishop Tracy S. Malone and Brian Sheetz, executive director of the Methodist Foundation of Ohio. “We both shared a [...]

NCJ Recommends Electing One Bishop in 2020; Task Force Created to Study Episcopal Leadership

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS…In a meeting last week in Chicago, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops have proposed to only elect one bishop during the NCJ Quadrennial Meeting, July 15-18 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two groups have agreed to form a task force to make recommendations on [...]

Annual Conference to Relocate to Akron in 2021

By Rick Wolcott* Annual Conference will relocate in 2021 to the John S. Knight Center in Akron. A motion made and unanimously supported by Cabinet began the conversation to change the location of Annual Conference 2021 for these missional reasons: costs for members to attend Annual Conference, the travel distance to Lakeside Chautauqua, housing concerns, [...]