Hospital Chaplains Called to Minister in New Ways in This Time of COVID-19

By Rev. Jared Gadomski Littleton and Rev. Lisa Morrison* In Rodney Stark’s The Rise of Christianity, Stark detailed how epidemics were a driving force for the rise of Christianity. Whereas the rich fled to the countryside estate, and the healthy abandoned their ill, Christians stayed and tended to the wounds, mopped the brows of the [...]

AC 2020, YAC 2020, and Clergy Executive Session Postponed; Decision Coming Soon about 2020 Summer Camp

By Rick Wolcott* The health and safety of East Ohio Conference clergy and laity are paramount. Bishop Tracy S. Malone, after prayerful discernment and in consultation with the Extended Cabinet, leadership of the Board of Ministry, and the Annual Conference secretary, has made the decision to postpone Clergy Executive Session and Annual Conference 2020 until [...]

Discussing Fear and Faith Amidst Pandemic

By Brett Hetherington* Recently I had the opportunity to interview Sarah Knisely, a licensed clinical counselor, mother and the wife of Steve Knisely - the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool (Mahoning Valley District). During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Knisely has seen a great need to be a resource for people [...]