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. [...]

Church’s Beloved Community Project Explores How It Can Stand Against Racism

By Brett Hetherington* “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Those words shared by the Rev. Christopher Liberati set the stage for a panel discussion that has been a centerpiece for Willoughby United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District) throughout the month of February. This panel discussion is not a standalone. It’s part of an ongoing [...]

Civil Rights Journey Makes Life-Changing Impact on East Ohio Teen

By Brett Hetherington* A sojourn is known as the part of a trip that involves a short or temporary stay. Each year we as a nation set aside the month of February to celebrate Black History – a sojourn on our journey throughout the year, if you will. Though this is a short stay, it [...]