Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2022; Reaching Across the Racial Divide

By Will Fenton-Jones* It all started with an email: “Dear Betty Kilby Fisher, my name is Phoebe Kilby.” Then a response: “Hello Cousin.” During Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2022, participants heard the story of Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby, authors of the book, Cousins: Connected through Slavery, A Black Woman and a White Woman [...]

Creative Vacation Bible School Curriculum Reaches Children and Adults across the East Ohio Conference

By Brett Hetherington* This past summer the members of the two churches highlighted in this article stepped outside of their comfort zones and became the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities. The people of Grandview UMC (Canal District) in Cuyahoga Falls reached out to children in their neighborhood who had not had an [...]

Walking in the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul; EOC Clergy and Laity Take Pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece

By Rick Wolcott* Bishop Tracy S. Malone, resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, and the Methodist Foundation of Ohio hosted 34 clergy and laity on a pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece. Over the course of nine days, participants walked in areas where Paul had ministered in Laodicea, Hierapolis, Ephesus, [...]