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 [...]

Creation Justice Fair Celebrates Those Dedicated to Reducing Environmental Damage and Social Injustice

By Rick Wolcott* “All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy, resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship [...]

East Ohio Church is Finding Ways to be a Blessing in Its Community

By Brett Hetherington* People tend to throw around the word “blessing” often without thinking deeply what that word means. Among the definitions given is “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare.” The people of Wellington First United Methodist Church (Firelands District) have recently been given the opportunity to truly be a blessing to many in [...]