UMC Partners Walk Side by Side in Ministry with the Liberia Conference

By Rick Wolcott* For nearly 10 years the Liberia Partner Summit has brought together leaders from the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC) and clergy and laity from conferences and central conferences of The United Methodist Church who do ministry in the West Africa country. The 2019 summit was held April 4-5 at Garfield Memorial Church (North [...]

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 [...]