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Question and answer session with Bishop Fairley

May 27, 2020
Like most of us, Bishop Leonard Fairley has been mostly sheltering at the bishop’s residence since the COVID-19 quarantines began in March. He recently met via Zoom with Cathy Bruce and Alan Wild, of the Kentucky Annual Conference...

SEJ Announces Episcopal Supervision Plan

May 27, 2020
The following announcement comes from Bishop Leonard Fairley President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops The Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) College of Bishops announces the plan for episcopal supervision for ...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

May 26, 2020
\Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue ...

Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference; will explore new uses of technology

May 26, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.: The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place...

UMC Bishops announce dates for postponed 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences

May 26, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The Council of Bishops (COB) has announced new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jurisdictional Conferences in the ...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

May 20, 2020
Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue the...

Wesley Manor, Wesley Village succeeding against COVID-19

May 13, 2020
As impacted as we’ve all been by COVID-19, imagine having the responsibility of keeping hundreds of seniors – by far the virus’ most vulnerable group – safe and healthy. That’s what has been consuming the staffs at Louisville’s ...

Our Moral Obligation

May 09, 2020
Yesterday, a federal court judge ruled that churches may hold in-person services beginning this Sunday. The ruling essentially nullifies Gov. Beshear’s order that churches be closed until May 20th. In response to the questions ...

Children’s Homes ‘fifth Sunday’ collection delayed

May 09, 2020
Because of concerns about COVID-19 disruptions with church services, the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes “fifth Sunday” offering scheduled for May 31 has been postponed until June 28. Clergy and individual constituents...

Guidelines for re-entry to in-person worship

May 07, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Let me first commend you for your patience and faithfulness during this difficult and painful season of COVID-19. As shepherds of God’s flock, you have been diligent in proclaiming the Word ...

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President

May 05, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area has made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to be president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.  She is also the first woman of ...

Kavanaugh suspends operations

May 03, 2020
The 145-year-old Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center is suspending operations, effective immediately in response to short-term and long-term financial challenges. The recommendation from William Moore, Director of ...

Summer camps canceled because of COVID-19

May 01, 2020
Loucon Training & Retreat Center and  Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center have been forced to cancel their 2020 traditional summer camping seasons because of continued social distancing in response to COVID-19. In addition, Mission ...

12 UK Wesley students in quarantine after COVID-19 case

April 30, 2020
A female resident of the University of Kentucky Wesley Foundation has tested positive for COVID-19, and a dozen students in the dormitory are in quarantine for 14 days, according to staff and Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez, Lexington ...

UMC Bishops to meet in virtual gathering; welcome new leaders

April 27, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will gather in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1 to celebrate new leadership and to discuss plans for episcopal supervision brought on by the disruptions and ...

Annual Conference postponed until December

April 23, 2020
Because of the ongoing impact of COVID 19 on our communities, churches and world, the 2020 Annual Conference session, scheduled for June 7-10, will be postponed until Dec. 8-9. The 2020 Annual Conference still will meet at the ...

Work of the Missional Priorities Team

April 22, 2020
Mission The Missional Priorities Planning Team is a task team formed in late 2019 to help leaders  focus on clear priorities and align  resources to help the Kentucky Annual Conference carry out its mission. The Team was formed ...

Davidson Memorial’s ‘Little Pantry’ still meeting needs

April 21, 2020
Davidson Memorial UMC in Shepherdsville is operating its "Little Pantry" differently these last couple of months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pantry has been operating for two years now serving the community once a month...

Tentative General Conference dates publicized

April 21, 2020
By Heather Hahn April 21, 2020 | UM News After the pandemic-caused postponement, the new prospective dates for The United Methodist Church’s General Conference are Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2021. The Council of Bishops disclosed the ...

Ministry alive and well for university, college students

April 20, 2020
As the cancellations of in-person learning took effect across all levels of public and private education, our Kentucky Annual Conference extension ministries that serve on college and university campuses adapted in how they could ...

In Easter Message, Bishops urge Christians not to despair in midst of global pandemic

April 09, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church Bishop Kenneth H.  Carter has urged Christians to rely on the power of Easter to overcome the forces of death, division, darkness, and despair ...

Amid pandemic concerns, Simpsonville UMC seamstresses step up

April 08, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the demand for homemade masks suddenly exploded, the seamstresses at Simpsonville UMC sprang into action. The group, called Hartz to Hearts Quilters, is made up of about seven women, and has ...

SEJ Conference Postponed Until 2021

April 07, 2020
Grace and peace to each of you in this most unusual of Holy Weeks for all of us. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of General Conference until 2021, the decision has been made to also postpone all 2020 U.S. ...

Appointive Process Moves Forward

April 04, 2020
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   It goes without saying that our work and lives have been turned upside down. As it has been said over and over again, we have moved, and will continue to move, into a “new normal.” This makes it ...

Refugee fund grants now available

April 03, 2020
A digital application form for churches to apply to grants for refugee communities is now available on the Kentucky Annual Conference and New Church Development websites. The funds were collected in 2019, at Annual Conference in ...

District by district online worship opportunities

April 02, 2020
With COVID-19 temporarily changing – virtually overnight – how our churches are doing worship, we have compiled a list of how some are doing it. (Hat tip to John Denham, the Conference’s Lay Leader, and his team for helping to ...

2020 Cabinet Appointments

April 01, 2020
Joshua told the Israelites on the banks of the Jordan to keep their eye on God’s ark because “we have not passed this way before.” Kentucky Conference, we have not been here before either, as families, churches and communities. ...

Rev. Craig Taylor uses college broadcast training to jump-start livestreaming during quarantine

March 31, 2020
Rev. Craig Taylor says he’s waited nearly 10 years for his undergraduate degree in television and radio production to finally pay off in his ministerial work. COVID-19 is giving him that chance – and has been a great opportunity ...

Kentucky delegation responds to GC 2020 delay

March 30, 2020
General Conference organizers announced March 18 that the 2020 meeting would not take place this May, as scheduled, because of the COVID-19 crisis. It now will take place sometime in 2021. That means, the human sexuality debate – ...

Church Innovation in the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020
As Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church entered into the 2020 Lenten season, I had a feeling that we, as a congregation, needed to focus our time over the next 40 days on prayer. I began to sense God’s nudges upon the type of ...

Conference Office Task Force Working on a Re-Opening Plan

March 25, 2020
During this phase of possible businesses re-opening, but still being cautious, the Kentucky Conference office has created a task force to work on guidelines to enable us to resume our work in the Conference's facility safely.   ...

Children’s Homes look to ‘fifth Sunday’ offering

March 25, 2020
The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes recently shared this post on its Facebook page: A young lady at our Nicholasville campus has a goal to be a nurse.  She’s applied to several colleges and even explained the benefits...

Blood donations

March 24, 2020
Would you be willing to donate blood if you are not part of the at-risk population? Donation centers have implemented social distancing and cleaning precautions to make it safe for individuals to donate blood.  Individuals can ...

An Announcement from the Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services

March 24, 2020
Greetings Pastors, Church Leaders, and United Methodists across Kentucky: I am writing today on behalf of your Conference Administrative Teams and other Conference leadership with a significant announcement related to recent ...

COB calls for all to join day of prayer against COVID-19; sets April 29-May 1 for virtual meeting

March 24, 2020
Washington, D. C – The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has asked all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer tomorrow, March 25, asking God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic....

Fifth Sunday Offering

March 24, 2020
“In the face of challenge the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home family has always continued to have a generous and compassionate heart for vulnerable Kentucky children.  As you know, March 29 is one of four Fifth Sunday ...

Thanks and prayers

March 23, 2020
As I share my gratitude to each of you for your patience, creativity and faithfulness, I am aware that we will be living in this current reality for a while. Please begin to make plans for that to be the case.     I am requesting ...

General Conference to move to 2021

March 23, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next ...

UMC Food Ministry: Filling the gap

March 23, 2020
UMC Food Ministry, a ministry of the Northern Kentucky District of our Kentucky Annual Conference, is in its second decade of serving meals to children in Kentucky and Ohio. On a typical day, we serve more than 5,000 meals in ...

Quarantine gives congregations big opportunities to be the church

March 20, 2020
When it comes to the effect that COVID-19 has had on ministry, Rev. Shawn Mickschl’s flock – which includes many people in the service industry – has been particularly hard hit. In fact, Mickschl has felt it himself.   Mickschl, ...

Coping with corona: A few positive thoughts

March 19, 2020
These are definitely not the best of times, and perhaps, they are not the worst of times either for most of us. However, they are very trying times and the most unusual times in my 83 years. It is a time when many of us are going ...

A Statement of Hope from Bishop Leonard Fairley

March 18, 2020
There is a fundamental spiritual component to our present COVID-19 crisis. While the landscape of our lives change, we must stand on some simple truths that we’ve repeated all our lives. We must now call upon these truths for ...

Loucon, Aldersgate, Kavanaugh react to coronavirus’ temporary reality

March 18, 2020
COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing has turned everyone’s world upside down, almost overnight – and the Kentucky Annual Conference’s three camps are no exception. The three camps – Loucon, Aldersgate, and ...

Tips on long-distance worshiping

March 18, 2020
Here’s a list of online resources to explore as you consider ways to worship during this time of social distancing. We’ll add to this list as needed. (Hat tip: North Carolina Conference of the UMC): Livestreaming Facebook Live ...

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

March 18, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.: The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following ...

Information on the 2020 Annual Conference and COVID-19

March 17, 2020
As the events of our world are changing rapidly, we are very aware and concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on large gatherings and this health crisis could impact our Annual Conference in June.  Be assured that there is ...

Informational Meeting with Delegates

March 16, 2020
Delegates from the Kentucky Annual Conference held informational meetings in each district where they shared the latest information regarding our church.  This was a time of sharing the logistics of how General Conference works, ...

Churches focus on ways to do virtual worship, serve those in need

March 15, 2020
When Mark Walz found out that churches would be shut down for at least two weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was ready to help. Walz, Director of Communications and Technology at St. Luke UMC in Lexington, reached out to ...

Virtual church: Christ Church United Methodist livestream draws hundreds

March 15, 2020
It wasn’t a typical Sunday worship gathering for the family of Ben Williams, a musician at Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville. He and his wife, Lesley, were among relatives who gathered at the home of Williams’ ...

A message for churches from Bishop Leonard Fairley

March 14, 2020
Brothers and sisters in Christ, In just the last few hours I have been in deep prayer and had a difficult conversation with my Extended Cabinet. As your Bishop, I am strongly urging and requesting that for the next two weeks our ...

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