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 [...]

Awaken. Confront. Transform.

By Will Jones* Awaken. Confront. Transform.  These words suggest how we, as United Methodists, must respond to racism in our midst. April 4, 2018, was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In remembrance of that tragic day, civic leaders, and clergy and laity from countless faith communities [...]

Embracing Diversity to Reach New People for Christ

By Rick Wolcott* Jai mashi is a Nepali phrase that means “victory in Christ. On Sunday, February 4, the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese Christian congregation of Refugee International Fellowship and the congregation of Grandview United Methodist Church (Canal District) celebrated their victory in Christ together during a joint worship service. Pastor Santa Gajmere and the Refugee International [...]