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College Students Make a Difference During Spring Break

April 28, 2015
Recent news stories about spring break have given this annual time a bad reputation. This is not true for some of the students who are part of our Wesley Foundations and UM colleges. Spring Break has become a time of ministry. ...

Dr. Warren Lathem Shares an Update About Ministry in Venezuela

April 28, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Dr. Warren Lathem spoke at the Louisville District Ministers Meeting of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Lathem is a retired clergyperson from the North Georgia Conference and is a former District ...

United Methodists Respond to Nepal Earthquake

April 27, 2015
An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu, Pokhara, on Saturday 25 April 2015, at 11:41am local Nepal time. It is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 81 ...

Council of Bishops to Meet in Berlin

April 21, 2015
Bishop Lindsey Davis along with United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States will gather in Berlin at Hotel Palace Berlin for the Council of Bishops meeting, from May 1-7. Main topics on the agenda ...

Memorial UMC Installs Solar System to Care for Earth and Save Money

April 21, 2015
The largest solar installation in Elizabethtown, KY and also the largest solar installation on a church, in the state, is now happening at Memorial United Methodist Church in the Elizabethtown District. Traditionally, one of the ...

United Methodist Mission Needs Donations

April 10, 2015
The United Methodist Mountain Mission has been serving the people of eastern Kentucky since 1943. The Mission has 8 opportunity stores in Kentucky.  Stores are located in Barbourville, Irvine, Harlan, Hazard, Jackson, Pineville, ...

Kentucky Wesleyan College Announces Two Major Gifts

April 06, 2015
Kentucky Wesleyan College announced the receipt of two major investments on Thursday, as the college continues to generate significant momentum in its fundraising efforts.  The first is an estate gift from alumna Luellen Pyles (’...

Volunteers Needed for General Conference

March 30, 2015
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. At this time, volunteers are ...

Update from The Gathering

March 27, 2015
The Louisville Wesley Foundation intends to be the movement of Jesus, transforming the world through loving God and people. The United Methodist Church on campus at the University of Louisville continues to grow and reach out to ...

Thank You From Africa University

March 25, 2015
In 2014, United Methodists across the connection gave more than $2.1 million to the Africa University Fund! That is something to celebrate! The Kentucky Annual Conference played an important role in this accomplishment because you...

2015 Bishop's Day with Confirmation Students

March 15, 2015
Saturday, March, 14 was Bishop's Day with Confirmation Students. Over 150 youth and adult leaders spent the morning in Crestwood learning about the structure and workings of the United Methodist church. Confirmation students from ...

Thoughts from the GBCS Young Clergy Forum

March 10, 2015
Each year, the Justice Team of the Kentucky Annual Conference sends 1or 2 of our young adult clergy for an annual Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. This event is organized by the General Board of Church and Society....

Wesley Foundation Attends Agape Wilderness Retreat

March 09, 2015
The University of Louisville Wesley Foundation (a.k.a. The Gathering) organized a retreat a couple of weeks ago. Fifteen of our students attended the two-day event at Agape Wilderness Retreat which is located 45 minutes away from ...

Office Hours for Tuesday, February 17

February 16, 2015
Due to weather and mechanical issues with our snow plow, the Kentucky Annual Conference offices will not open before noon, at the earliest, on Tuesday, February 17.Please check the office phone recording or the Conference Facebook...

I Have A Dream & Camp Can Make it a Reality

February 12, 2015
In light of the recent MLK day and all the craziness in our world it is important to look back at Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream. His dream was that all men and women would be equal. That they would not be judged by the color of ...

Anthem Security Breach Response

February 06, 2015
Important Information for Active and Retired Members Currently Enrolled In the Kentucky Conference Health Plans Cyber attack Impacting Anthem Inc. I want to let you know that we have just become aware that Anthem, Inc., the ...

Retiree Healthcare Meeting

February 06, 2015
During the week January 26 meetings were held throughout the state to explain changes that are taking effect to the healthcare coverage that our retired clergy and their spouses receive. The meeting in the Lexington district was ...

District Superintendent Assignments

February 02, 2015
Annual Conference 2015 is just a few months away. We will meet in Bowling Green to celebrate our ministry together and begin a critical time of transition as we go from twelve districts to nine. I want to invite each of you to ...

Churches In the Lead to End Payday Lending Abuses -- You Can Help!

January 27, 2015
Advocacy for a 36% interest cap on payday loans in Kentucky is now led primarily by faith communities and the momentum is good. We who so actively support aid to families in distress naturally want to bring to an end a business ...

2015 Winter Blitz

January 20, 2015
“Bless the Lord, oh my soul, worship His holy name.” That’s exactly what happened this past weekend at Winter Blitz 2015. Over 1600 youth, young adults, youth leaders and volunteers gathered at Broadbent Arena in Louisville, ...

Mrs. Louise Short Turns 109 Years Old

January 16, 2015
Louise Baird Short rode a camel in the ancient city of Petra at age 90. She visited the Great Wall of China at 95.   When she turned 100, she made her last trip abroad to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the largest religious ...

Celebrating Our 2014 Financial Year

January 15, 2015
2014 was a great financial year. We are celebrating raising more than the nine million dollar budget. The Conference finished the year with $9,280,420 in OMC income. This amount is $385,808 more than we raised in 2013. Let me ...

Hawxhurst Named to Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships

January 14, 2015
It is with mixed emotions that we announce that the Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst will be leaving the Kentucky Annual Conference as the District Superintendent of the Frankfort District to accept a position leading a new ministry within...

Arrangements Set For MYP Director, David Sparks

January 07, 2015
Arrangements to celebrate the life and ministry of Reverend David Sparks have been set. Visitation will be Friday, January 9 from 4-7 p.m. (EDT) at Bethany UMC, 6100 Moorman Rd. in Louisville, KY and Saturday, January 10 from 10 ...

Bishop Rueben Job, Author of Three Simple Rules, Dies at Age 86

January 06, 2015
“I have no anxiety about my own death. … I don’t know what that’s going to be like, but I have some idea that it will be good because this life is good,” said retired Bishop Rueben P. Job after the publication of his book, “Living...

Cosby to Speak at MLK Day Celebration

December 18, 2014
This year local churches are on the forefront of planning MLK Day celebrations. Here is the story of how one church in the Louisville District plans to commemorate the day. If your church has plans to celebrate the King Holiday ...

Scholarships Available for 2015 Wesley Pilgrimage to England

December 17, 2014
  Scholarships are available for commissioned provisional elders and deacons and lay people who want to participate in the 2015 Wesley Pilgrimage to England. The pilgrimage, co-sponsored by Discipleship Ministries and the General ...

SBC21 Issues Statement on Social Injustice

December 14, 2014
Fred Allen, national director for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, looks at "How is the church doing with injustice?" http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/commentary-how-is-the-church-doing-with-injustice.  

Couple in Ministry Together

December 12, 2014
Rev. George Burke and Rev. Shirley Burke have been appointed as Co-Pastors to the Coke Memorial United Methodist Church and were welcomed in on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in the Celebration of Appointment Service with Dr. Charles ...

Wesley House Community Services Looking for Team Members

December 11, 2014
Wesley House Community Services is seeking individuals to sit on an Ad Hoc committee of the Facilities Committee. This ad hoc committee will address Wesley House building Issues. Dr. Renee Campbell, president/CEO of Wesley House, ...

Generosity is at the Heart of the Gospel

December 10, 2014
Gift giving is a part of our Christmas traditions. This year the Kentucky Conference Cabinet decided to give gifts to various Annual Conference Ministries rather than to each other. We especially wanted to focus on our camps, ...

Repent — Reconcile — Restore: A United Methodist Call to Covenant Community

December 05, 2014
The General Board of Church & Society identifies actions to take in addressing turmoil caused by grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York. The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has issued a United Methodist “call to ...

Wesley Village Celebrates 2014 "Heroes, Saints and Legends!"

December 02, 2014
Close to 500 friends and supporters of Wesley Village Senior Living Community attended the 17th Annual Heroes, Saints and Legends Award Banquet held at Lexington’s Embassy Suites on October 7th.   Two couples were honored for ...

Thailand Methodist Mission Building Fund Update

November 25, 2014
We are now back in the States for a 10 weeks to raise funds for an urgent need at Blessing Home.  Blessing Home needs to buy the row-building adjacent to us that is up for sale.  It is urgent for two reasons. 1.  We need to buy ...

What Can United Methodist Christians Do?

November 19, 2014
The letter below is from Bishop Robert Schnase to his churches in Missouri. Bishop Davis wanted to share this letter with you as he invites the people of the Kentucky Conference to be in prayer with our brothers and sisters in ...

Taking a Leap of Faith

November 18, 2014
This essay was first published August 2014 as part of "This I Believe."  This I Believe, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing ...

Church Mourns Ebola Death of Sierra Leone Surgeon

November 17, 2014
The Sierra Leone United Methodist Conference is in shock over the death of Dr. Martin Salia from Ebola. Salia, who was the chief medical officer and only surgeon at United Methodist Kissy Hospital, died after he was airlifted to ...

Kassig Family Remembers Son's Desire to Help

November 17, 2014
The United Methodist parents of the latest hostage executed by the Islamic State group are remembering his dedication to assisting those who have suffered during Syria’s civil war. Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was executed by the ...

Giving Tuesday

November 14, 2014
People get up to get great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but plan to set your clocks on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 for #GivingTuesday!  #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to give through the General Board of Global ...

The Wesleyan Way

November 13, 2014
President Bart Darrell ’84 returned to his alma mater as vice president of external affairs in October 2013 after practicing law in Bowling Green for 25 years. He succeeded Dr. Craig Turner as president Sept. 16, 2014. In this ...

2014 Journal Available for Order

November 07, 2014
The 2014 Kentucky Annual Conference Journal is now available. The complete Conference Journal will be posted online, click here to view the journal online. Chapters containing personal contact information are protected by a ...

Council of Bishops Announces Constitutional Amendments Voting Results

November 05, 2014
The Council of Bishops announced that all four amendments to The United Methodist Church’s constitution approved by the 2012 General Conference received the required majority of votes to be ratified by annual conferences.   A ...

Kentucky Wesleyan College Announces New Scholarships

November 03, 2014
Kentucky Wesleyan College President Barton D. Darrell announces the availability of two new scholarships, the Kavanaugh Scholarship for United Methodist students and the Campus Ministries Leadership Scholarship, for students of ...

Wesley Foundation Touching Lives

October 29, 2014
Over the past four weeks, the Louisville Wesley Foundation (a.k.a. The Gathering) has experienced a powerful movement of God in the hearts and lives of our students. More than ever, they are reaching out to other students at U of ...

UMAC Awards Presented

October 28, 2014
The Kentucky Annual Conference won 5 awards for excellence in communications from the United Methodist Association of Communicators—including 2 first place wins and an Award of excellence in Visual Design. The United Methodist ...

Everett Appointed to KY Commission on Human Rights

October 27, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Rev. Anthony Everett to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to serve for a term ending Sept. 12, 2015. Anthony is the pastor of Wesley UMC in the Lexington district. He will represents the ...

We Love the Philippines... and the Typhoon!

October 21, 2014
Nearly 400 United Methodist youth, young adults and adult leaders from 34 countries gathered in the Philippines in July for the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly. One of the young adults chosen to ...

The United Methodist Church in the Philippines

October 15, 2014
Nearly 400 United Methodist youth, young adults and adult leaders from 34 countries gathered in the Philippines in July for the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly. One of the young adults chosen to ...

Music or Dance Ensembles Sought for General Conference

October 13, 2014
United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly which meets in ...

UM Connectional Table to Host Webcast Addressing Human Sexuality and Church Unity

October 10, 2014
United Methodists will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments regarding human sexuality and the church during a Nov. 1 webcast. The webcast will be livestreamed from 9 to 11 a.m. Eastern time. It is the second of...

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