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 [...]

Celebrating 75 Years of Ministry at Camp Wanake

By Brett Hetherington* If you were to ask Julie Lautt, ‘what is the primary mission of Camp Wanake?’ she would respond with a simple sentence. “Wanake provides people places and role models away from daily routines and distractions so that campers can find life change, new friends, time with God, and a lot of fun.” [...]

Resilient Leadership the Focus of the Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy 2022

By Rick Wolcott* How To Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Resilient Leadership was the theme for the 2022 Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy. Dozens of clergy persons from the East Ohio Conference and the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church gathered September 6-8 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center [...]