Canton for All People: Transforming the City One Block at a Time

By Brett Hetherington* “Street by street, block by block. It is not simplistic, but it is simple,” says the Rev. Don Ackerman of how Canton for All People is effecting change among the chaos and brokenness of Canton, Ohio neighborhoods. Canton for All People is a community development corporation formed by Crossroads United Methodist Church [...]

Project Feed Packs Thousands of Meals for Those in Need Worldwide

By Brett Hetherington* Project Feed, a meal-packing partnership of East Ohio Conference Young People’s Ministries and Rise Against Hunger, made a triumphant return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sunday afternoon event gathered teens and their adult leaders from across the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church to pack [...]

East Ohio Churches and Agencies Helping Ukrainian Refugees Begin New Lives in America

By Rick Wolcott* Twenty minutes. That’s all the time Olga Loiko had. One bag. That’s all she could take. In what seemed like both an eternity – and a blink of an eye – a widowed mother of two young boys had to make impossible decisions. When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Loiko and [...]