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 [...]

Remembering What is Civil and Doing What is Right. Celebrating the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Rick Wolcott* “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” That quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., printed on the bulletin cover, set the tone for the commemorative celebration of King’s life that brought nearly 200 people to Calvary Baptist Church in Boardman for an [...]

Committing to God’s Call Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2019

By Rick Wolcott* “The Conference is committed to broadening our understandings so that we can better learn from one another,” said Director of Multicultural Vitality Will Jones of this year’s Black Theologian Day, a learning event held annually in East Ohio since 1978. “This is an opportunity for us to see from a different perspective [...]