GCSRW Blog Celebrates Newly Elected Women Bishops

During March, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) is celebrating Women’s History Month 2023 by publishing an eight-article blog series highlighting the newly elected women bishops of The United Methodist Church: Bishop Delores “Dee” Williamston, resident bishop of the Louisiana Conference Bishop Dottie Escobedo-Frank, resident bishop of the California-Pacific Conference [...]

East Ohio Churches and Agencies Helping Ukrainian Refugees Begin New Lives in America

By Rick Wolcott* Twenty minutes. That’s all the time Olga Loiko had. One bag. That’s all she could take. In what seemed like both an eternity – and a blink of an eye – a widowed mother of two young boys had to make impossible decisions. When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Loiko and [...]

East Ohio Pastor Shares Personal Connection with the People of Ukraine

By Brett Hetherington* The Rev. J. Harlen Rife currently serves as the pastor of Pearl Road United Methodist Church (North Coast District), but an earlier chapter in his life still impacts his life in an unexpected way in 2022. From 2010 to 2012 Rife and his wife Madeline served with the Peace Corps in Ukraine. [...]