Churches Foster Connection during time of Pandemic Isolation

By Rick Wolcott* “We are glad you are here with us during these interesting times in our nation. We are glad that we can worship together in Spirit and in truth.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Tom Joyce began Sunday’s worship service, which was livestreamed from the empty sanctuary of Fields UMC (North Coast [...]

Churches Discuss the Impact of Racism on Life in 2020; Examine Race Through the Lens of the 1619 Project

By Brett Hetherington* We live in a nation of diverse people who struggle to talk about race. Two North Coast District congregations set out to change that during the month of February, which for nearly 100 years has been known as Black History or African American History month, an annual celebration of achievements by African [...]

Nehemiah Mission Impacts the Community All Year

By Brett Hetherington* Nehemiah Mission (North Coast District) is an East Ohio Conference Advance Special that has been serving the Cleveland area since 2003. Launching out of People’s Hope UMC, the Mission served over 2,500 people in its first five years. Work crews are invited to Cleveland from across the United States, and even from [...]