Cory UMC Receives Grant to Preserve its Heritage, Prepare for the Future

By Brett Hetherington* Cory United Methodist Church (North Coast District) in Cleveland is one of three historically Black congregations in Northeast Ohio – and one of 35 churches in total – receiving a grant to help preserve its rightful place in Civil Rights history. The announcement was made on January 16, the day the nation [...]

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 [...]