Simulation Sensitizes Participants to the Experience of Poverty

By Rick Wolcott* More than 1.5 million Ohioans, 14% of the State’s population, had incomes in 2017 that were below the poverty line of $24,860 for a family of four, according to data from the Center for American Progress. Using a program recently purchased from the Missouri Community Action Network, the East Ohio Conference (EOC) [...]

Black Theologian Day: Teaching from a Different Cultural Perspective

By Rick Wolcott* “This is a day of learning, engaging, and gaining new perspective,” Bishop Tracy S. Malone told the 75 clergy and laity gathered at Church of the Saviour UMC in Cleveland Heights for Black Theologian Day. “Perspective is how we show up in the world, how we show up in the church.  Perspective [...]

Live Well – Be Well

By Will Jones* 36 years ago, in 1982, Bishop James S. Thomas hosted the first Black Clergy Retreat at Mohican State Park.  This year, the 2018 Black Clergy Retreat returns (September 23-25) to Mohican State Park.  Bishop Thomas instituted the event to nurture and develop Clergy who’s diversity and perspective is invaluable to the Conference.  This [...]