ChurchLights Outreach Ministry Teaches about Jesus through Lights and Songs

By Brett Hetherington* The Christmas season is a time of year that tends to lend itself to an easy opportunity for churches to welcome new faces into their buildings for special services, choir concerts, parties, and other events. Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church (North Coast District) in Middleburg Heights has dedicated this season to invite [...]

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 [...]

Speaking and Hearing: Clergy and Laity Explore the Hidden Value of Sermons

By Brett Hetherington* Clergy and laity alike were invited to attend a seminar on September 24, 2022 that aimed to instruct and encourage the church in being bold in presenting God’s word. “The goal of this session is not to just hear a great speaker, but it is also to engage with each other and [...]