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Bishop Fairley tours flood-ravaged Eastern Kentucky, offers comfort, support

August 08, 2022
Rev. Kevin Burney, Rev. Karen Stigall, with Bishop Leonard Fairley in prayer with others at Bowman Memorial UMC, Hazard, KY - By Cathy Bruce Bishop Leonard Fairley led a group from the Kentucky Annual Conference on a daylong ...

‘Worst I have ever seen’ After record flooding, Eastern Kentucky UMCs serve on the front lines providing comfort, assistance

August 08, 2022
Lisa Cox Making her way up the steps to Marjorie Sexton - By Mike DuBose, UM News PIPPA PASSES, Ky. – Lisa Cox made her way up winding, moss-covered steps in pouring rain to deliver a battery-operated fan to 80-year-old Marjorie...

Cooperation, connection key to effective response

August 08, 2022
Throughout the Aug. 5 tour of flood-ravaged Eastern Kentucky, Bishop Leonard Fairley and Disaster Response Coordinator Jim Morse stressed the importance and advantages of the connectional nature of the United Methodist Church.  ...

Methodist Mountain Mission in the eye of the storm

August 08, 2022
JACKSON, Ky. – Debbie Holcomb and Rose Calhoun were cheerfully sorting through tons of food donations that were coming in by truckloads and from individuals to the United Methodist Mountain Mission for the survivors of the worst ...

‘We were just overwhelmed with so many people’

July 31, 2022
Sandy Penix, of Pikeville, is the Co-Disaster Response Coordinator for the Kentucky East District. This was her experience helping at one of the relief sites.   By Sandy Penix   I went down to the Martin Community Center (in ...

Check List for Flood Buckets and/or Hygiene Kits

July 29, 2022
Here's what you need to include in a Flood Bucket/Cleaning Kit:   Flood Bucket/Cleaning Kit One five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d) No screw lids May be used, but must be free from all ...

Here's what some of the UMC churches are doing to help their communities

July 29, 2022
From Northern Kentucky District's Disaster Response Team: Greetings on behalf of the NKY District Disaster Response Ministry Team, We first ask for your continued prayers for all of the communities and first responders that are ...

When Disaster Strikes, What and How Can I Give?

July 28, 2022
Much of the following information is quoted or adapted from a joint document of FEMA and National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster titled “When Disaster Strikes…How to Donate or Volunteer Successfully,” pamphlet L217.  ...

South East KY Flooding - Statement from Bishop Fairley

July 28, 2022
Once again, floodwaters cover Eastern Kentucky. News outlets are calling the flooding “historic,” which is a word no one wants to hear during a disaster. I have been in contact with our Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, ...

Conference prepares to respond with flood buckets, other aid

July 28, 2022
The Kentucky Annual Conference is mobilizing in response to devastating flooding from torrential rain overnight July 27-28 that has submerged hundreds of houses and businesses in Eastern Kentucky. “Worst flood in my lifetime,” ...

Madisonville First among UMC churches assisting in tornado-ravaged Dawson Springs

July 14, 2022
DAWSON SPRINGS, Kentucky – The line of vehicles was already forming at 10:50 a.m. on June 30th – 10 minutes before two dozen staff and volunteers from Madisonville First UMC were scheduled to start handing out box lunches to ...

The United Methodist Church Releases 2021 State of the Church Report

July 06, 2022
Nashville, Tenn.: The United Methodist Church has released the 2021 State of the Church Report, which centers around the theme of claiming our identity. Beginning with Jesus' question to Peter in Matthew 16, "Who do you say that I...

Special called Annual Conference session

July 01, 2022
Greetings United Methodists across Kentucky,   The joy in my heart is still overflowing from my experience with you at Annual Conference in Owensboro. We sang together. We prayed as one. We worked together in the unity of the Holy...

UMC Bishop's bemoan US Supreme Court's decision on abortion

June 25, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church says the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade has denied the sacred worth of women who face “the tragic conflicts of ...

#kac2022 Day 3: Retirees celebrated as part of final day in Owensboro

June 08, 2022
OWENSBORO, Kentucky – The 2022 Annual Conference – the first in-person gathering since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic -- wrapped up Wednesday, June 8, with a recognition of 20 retiring clergy, and business that included ...

#kac2022 Day 2: Multiple celebrations – and worshipful work on pensions, trustees

June 07, 2022
OWENSBORO, Kentucky – A full day of worship Tuesday at the 2022 Kentucky Annual Conference started with a commemoration of clergy and spouses who have passed away in the past year and concluded at the end of the day with the ...

Living her dream job – and calling

June 07, 2022
Haley Andes loving new role as Aldersgate camp director RAVENNA, Kentucky – More than two months after beginning as Director of Operations for Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center, the personal touches in Haley Andes’s office remain ...

#kac2022 Day 1: Christ’s love stands as a shining example, Bishop Fairley says

June 06, 2022
OWENSBORO, Kentucky – Jesus’ instruction chronicled in John 12:12 – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” – is the best witness we can give for Christ’s love and grace, Bishop Leonard Fairley ...

#kac2022 final preparations: Clergy, laity excited to be back in person

June 05, 2022
OWENSBORO, Kentucky – More than an hour before the 5 p.m. start of registration Sunday, the Owensboro Convention Center lobby was already starting to fill with clergy and laity in preparation for the start Monday of the three-day ...

#kac2022: After two years of COVID-19 separation, an in-person gathering

June 02, 2022
Clergy and lay members of the Kentucky Annual Conference are preparing to gather for their first in-person meeting since 2019 – and Rev. Tami Coleman, the Conference Secretary, can’t wait to welcome everyone to Owensboro. “For us...

One-camp model, two camp staffs, training together

June 01, 2022
In a first for Loucon and Aldersgate, summer staff from both camps trained together at Loucon the week of May 23-28 as plans continue for the first “normal” summer camp season in three years. “Our camps have been living into a ‘...

Enough: A statement from Bishop Leonard

May 25, 2022
“O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!” – Jeremiah 9:1. Hearts once again struggle for words that will not come easily. Grief ...

Bishops have authority to call jurisdictional conferences in 2022, top court says

May 20, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Council of Bishops (COB) is expressing its appreciation following the Judicial Council’s ruling today that the COB is authorized to set the date of regular jurisdictional conferences for the election and ...

Bishops seek ruling on application and meaning on Paragraph 2548.2

May 12, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is requesting a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council on the meaning and application of Paragraph 2548.2 in the Book of Discipline.  During a ...

COB welcomes court’s decision that annual conferences may not vote to leave UMC

May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is expressing gratitude following the declaratory decision from the Judicial Council which stated that an annual conference may not vote to separate from the...

Kentucky Conference clergy, ‘water-washed children of the living God,’ gather to worship

May 03, 2022
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Kentucky Annual Conference clergy who attended a worship service came not as Republican, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, progressives, traditionalists, centrists, or anything else, save one: “the only ...

Bickerton becomes president of Council of Bishops, calls for unity

April 29, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The bishops of The United Methodist Church completed their Spring meeting today in a spirit of collegiality and love for one another and the worldwide denomination.   In a moving time of worship, the bishops ...

What happens when a new denomination launches?

April 28, 2022
By Heather Hahn April 28, 2022 | UM News   Key Points: The Global Methodist Church, a theologically conservative breakaway denomination, has set May 1 as its official start date.  However, it will take time for any potential ...

Clergy worship service: Clearing up any confusion or misperceptions

April 27, 2022
A group of half a dozen Kentucky Annual Conference clergy spanning the ideological spectrum might not agree on the LGBTQ debate or other political matters, but one thing they do agree on: the need to worship together after being ...

Bishop Harvey calls on United Methodists to act as ‘the body of Christ’

April 26, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. ­-- To say that Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s time as President of the Council of the Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has been unusual would be an understatement. Bishop Harvey, who serves the ...

2022 Easter Devotional - Grace That is Greater

April 17, 2022
Today is the final day of our 2022 Grace That is Greater Lenten Devotionals. We hope you have  been inspired or somehow touched by these words that have been shared. Today, Bishop Leonard Fairley reminds us that, "When faith ...

Kentucky Conference churches step up to assist Afghan refugees

April 11, 2022
Seven churches across the Kentucky Annual Conference have stepped forward to assist refugees from Afghanistan who were forced to flee the country after the summer 2021 withdrawal of U.S. support and the subsequent government ...

2022 Lenten Devotional - Grace that is Greater - Day 1

April 06, 2022
Today is the first of  twelve mornings that you will receive a daily devotional from Bishop Leonard Fairley and the Cabinet of the Kentucky Annual Conference. We hope you that you will be inspired or somehow touched by these words...

Farm Field Cleanup Update

March 28, 2022
Our efforts this past weekend achieved some help for a couple of fields in a couple of counties. There are still many farm fields that have debris from either the tornadoes of Dec. 11 or Jan. 1 that will impede crop planting. ...

Farm Field Cleanup

March 18, 2022
Spring and the planting season are quickly approaching. There are still many farm fields that have debris from either the Dec. 11 or Jan. 1 tornadoes that will impede crop planting. Several of the counties that we have been most ...

Bishops discern ways for churches choosing to separate from UMC; seek court's guidance on Jurisdictional Conferences

March 16, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Bishops of The United Methodist Church in their March 15 called meeting discerned pathways for churches choosing disaffiliation and separation. The bishops have met two consecutive weeks to discern pathways...

The Kingdom Assignment: 10 N. Kentucky churches accept NCD challenge

March 16, 2022
In 2021, as churches were starting to reengage despite the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s New Church Development Team invited its New Faith Communities to bless others in an exercise known as The ...

Aldersgate Camp names Director of Operations

March 07, 2022
Haley Andes has been named Director of Operations at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center. Her first day on the job will be March 21. Andes, 27, is currently Associate Director of Build Inclusion Inc., of Lexington. Previously, she...

Bishop Fairley's response to the statement from the Commission on General Conference

March 05, 2022
If you have not read the statements made by The Commission on the General Conference or our Council of Bishops President Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s comments, I encourage you to do so. Also worth reading is Bishop Ken Carter’s ...

General Conference is Postponed Until 2024

March 03, 2022
Nashville, Tenn.: As the pandemic continues and the wait time for visas stretches to over two years in some countries, the Commission on the General Conference announced today that the 2020 General Conference cannot be held in ...

UMC Bishops to explore various pathways as General Conference is postponed until 2024

March 03, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Commission on the General Conference today announced the further postponement of the postponed 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The next General Conference will be in 2024. In ...

Holding the Ashes - 2022 Ash Wednesday Reflection

March 02, 2022
Holding the Ashes “Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” - Psalm 51:11-12 I write this reflection with a ...

In solidarity with Ukraine

February 25, 2022
UMC-organized prayer vigil in Nicholasville draws hundreds

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop in the Nordic and Baltic Area

February 24, 2022
Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area has penned a letter asking all people called United Methodists to join together and pray for protection and peace in light of what is happening in Ukraine. Below you ...

Southeastern Jurisdiction Mourns the Death of SEJ Conference Secretary, Rev. Dr. Brad Brady

February 08, 2022
The Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church mourns the death of SEJ Conference Secretary and retired South Georgia Conference clergyperson Rev. Dr. Brad Brady. Dr. Brady was a pillar of SEJ Methodism and a ...

Update on disaster response to December 2021 tornadoes

February 07, 2022
UMC churches and congregations across the Kentucky Annual Conference remain hard at work in partnership with disaster-relief organizations in the recovery effort from the tornadoes that hit western Kentucky on Dec. 11, 2021.   “...

Cabinet statement on bomb threats on HBCU campuses

February 03, 2022
On Feb. 1, 2022, the first day of Black History Month, at least a half-dozen historically Black universities were responding to bomb threats on their campuses. Kentucky State University, located in Frankfort, was one of the ...

’Make It Plain’ - A Black History Month reflection

February 02, 2022
Black History Month often raises many questions and responses around why it is celebrated. Therefore, I ask for this moment of personal privilege, not as debate (my heart has grown weary of that), but as an opportunity of witness....

Winter Blitz returns, blitzes pandemic

January 25, 2022
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – When Winter Blitz organizers talk about the event and the life-changing impact it has on youth, they have people like Kayla Koerner in mind. Koerner, 19, is a sophomore at Lindsey Wilson College.  Five ...

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