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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 ...

COB Executive Committee endorses Central Conference statement on vaccines

January 19, 2022
The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is standing with the statement from the Central Conference bishops concerning the WCA’s plan for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to General ...

2 Louisville churches bless homeless with winter kits

January 17, 2022
Two Louisville churches teamed up Saturday, Jan. 15, to hand out about 70 backpack kits to the homeless that had been assembled by Kentucky Annual Conference staff as a Christmas-season service project. About three dozen blankets...

Central Conference bishops appalled by WCA on vaccine offers

January 17, 2022
The leadership of the Central Conference bishops of The United Methodist Church is appalled by the action of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) to assist some United Methodists, mostly in Africa, with getting COVID-19 ...

COVID PANDEMIC – Omicron Variant DANGEROUS Spread

December 30, 2021
December 30, 2021, KAC COVID Re-entry Team Communication Dear Kentucky United Methodist Clergy and Laity, The KAC Covid Re-entry Team once again expresses our deep concern to you and your congregations related to the unrelenting ...

Peace & Good Will - A Christmas Message from Bishop Fairley

December 25, 2021
  Watch Bishop Fairley's Video Message   “I just want peace in my house!” It sounded so simple, but it drove the kids and me crazy. We had grown to expect this classic Priscilla response every Christmas to our question, “What do ...

Crestwood UMC children mobilize toy drive for tornado victims

December 20, 2021
When 6-year-old Sam Riddell learned of the families who lost everything in the Dec. 10-11 tornadoes, he and his friends at Crestwood UMC decided they had to do something. The Riddell family has close friends in Bowling Green, ...

Bishop Fairley surveys storm-ravaged region, offers prayers and encouragement

December 17, 2021
A Conference team led by Bishop Leonard Fairley visited storm-stricken southwestern Kentucky on Thursday, Dec. 16. In the group besides Fairley was his wife, Dawn; Rev. Gary Graves; and Conference Communications staff members ...

Bishop and Treasurer offer important tornado relief update

December 16, 2021
To Clergy and United Methodists across Kentucky, We are amazed. Your hearts, your actions, and your generosity inspire us. You are responding to challenges around us with Spirit-led servants’ hearts. While you continue to assess ...

The connection at work

December 15, 2021
The tornadoes that ripped through Kentucky in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 11, affected two annual conferences. The far western section of Kentucky, including the hard-hit city of Mayfield, is part of the ...

Bishop Fairley issues a message of hope and a financial appeal

December 14, 2021
I write this message during Advent against the backdrop of deadly tornadoes that struck western Kentucky and nine states. I write in the midst of major destruction and loss of life in Mayfield, in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky ...

Praise, gratitude in the midst of tragedy

December 14, 2021
Some stories from Bowling Green and elsewhere about the storms and the outpouring of prayers and offers for assistance in their aftermath. (And we’re sure this is just the beginning.):   Rosemary Meszaros, a member of Broadway ...

Churches pray for storm-ravaged Bowling Green

December 12, 2021
BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky – The sun shone brightly through the stained-glass windows of Broadway UMC’s Melrose Campus on Sunday, Dec. 12, as worshipers gathered for the 8:15 a.m. traditional service. But the mood inside was much ...

UPDATED! Come back regularly for new information

December 11, 2021
The following information is from Jim Morse, the Conference’s Disaster Response Coordinator, which he shared with his disaster-response teams. Updates from Jim will be posted on our social media channels throughout the day as more...

Tornado Response and Prayer

December 11, 2021
Today we wake to the devastating news of major damage and loss of life from horrific tornadoes. Our immediate response, as it should be, is prayer. In listening to early-morning reports, my heart breaks for the people of Bowling ...

Plans taking shape for UMC sponsored arts academy in Louisville

December 10, 2021
United Methodist churches in some of Louisville’s most challenged neighborhoods are teaming up to establish an arts academy that will provide professional training for at-risk teens and children. Three churches have been ...

Middletown UMC pianist Vernon Cherrix honored by Steinway piano company

November 23, 2021
Longtime piano instructor and Middletown UMC pianist Dr. Vernon Cherrix was recently inducted into the Steinway Teacher Hall of Fame – an honor for Cherrix, but also a bit of a mystery that he’s still trying to unravel. Cherrix, ...

Dave Cohn, camp director since 2013, leaving for new job in North Carolina

November 17, 2021
Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center’s motto is “welcome home.” But for Dave Cohn, the camp director since 2013, “welcome home” is about to have a different meaning. Cohn, director of the camp in east-central Kentucky for nearly nine...

Bishops agree on narrative for the continuing UMC

November 08, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops ended its Fall meeting on Friday having spent time in worship, plenary and covenant groups as they seek God’s guidance to lead The United Methodist Church. The worship services were ...

Bishops urged to embrace ‘more loving way’

November 03, 2021
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey has some advice for United Methodists feeling anxious about the many uncertainties facing the denomination: Stay focused on the Great Commandment. “Let’s stop speaking ill of one another and creating ...

Generosity knows no bounds in unified Kentucky Conference

November 03, 2021
Yes, the numbers are over 25 years, since the uniting of the old Louisville Conference and the Kentucky Annual Conference – but even allowing for that, the figures are pretty staggering: Nearly $200 million given to Our Mission ...

United Methodist Bishops to meet to discuss church future, elect new officers

October 27, 2021
Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet November 2-5 to discuss the future of the continuing United Methodist Church, elect new officers and address other ...

The Kingdom Assignment: Northern Kentucky churches jump in!

October 11, 2021
A few months ago, New Church Development invited our New Faith Communities to accept $1,000 in feed money and use it to bless others in an exercise known as The Kingdom Assignment. We suggested that they study the Parable of the ...

Bishop’s video blog-podcast ‘Grace for the Future’ to launch

September 29, 2021
Beginning this October, Bishop Leonard Fairley is releasing a monthly video blog/podcast called “Grace for the Future” which explores different aspects of the means of grace that inform our lives together. Fairley decided to ...

The Kingdom Assignment: Youth at All Nations have been busy!

September 22, 2021
A few months ago, New Church Development invited our New Faith Communities to accept $1,000 in feed money and use it to bless others in an exercise known as The Kingdom Assignment. We suggested that they study the Parable of the ...

The Kingdom Assignment: An A+ for The Source!

September 14, 2021
The Kingdom Assignment at The Source in Lexington, KY.

Bishop Fairley Helps Ashland First Celebrate 100 years

September 13, 2021
ASHLAND, Kentucky – Ashland First UMC’s commemoration of its 100-year anniversary culminated Sunday, Sept. 12, as Bishop Leonard Fairley preached at the historic church at 18th and Carter streets in downtown Ashland. “What an ...

9/11 - 20 Years Later

September 11, 2021
9/11 - 20 Years Later I made the decision to write my reflection on 9/11 after letting my soul sink deeply into the morning uninhibited by the struggle of what to say. I needed to simply allow my heart to listen for the whispers ...

COVID Pandemic - DANGEROUS Level in Kentucky

September 10, 2021
September 10, 2021 KAC COVID Re-entry Team Communication   *COVID PANDEMIC – DANGEROUS LEVEL IN KENTUCKY*    Dear Kentucky United Methodist Clergy and Laity,   The KAC Covid Re-entry Team expresses our deep concern to you and your...

United Methodist Bishops Remember Victims of September 11

September 10, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are paying homage to those who were lost and injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago in the United States. Changed forever on that day was not only the ...

Online retreat helps Kentucky, Red Bird, North Carolina representatives plan for bishop-sharing

September 02, 2021
About 20 representatives from three conferences met via Zoom this week to collaborate and dream about the possibilities of collaborating on ministry during the 18 months that Bishop Leonard Fairley will be serving as Interim ...

Two-day logistics meeting set for Kentucky, North Carolina representatives

August 26, 2021
With Bishop Leonard Fairley preparing to divide his time between Kentucky and North Carolina for the next year and a half, directors and other representatives from both conferences, as well as the Red Bird Missionary Conference, ...

NCD meets to dream about new-faith possibilities

August 25, 2021
ELIZABETHTOWN, Kentucky – For the first time since pandemic quarantines started in March 2020, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s New Church Development teams were able to gather in person Tuesday, Aug. 24, to talk about New Faith ...

August 2021 KAC COVID Re-entry Update

August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021 KAC COVID Re-entry Update and Letter of Concern

Pastors in training offered increased tuition assistance

August 16, 2021
Starting in fall 2021, Kentucky pastors in training who receive Methodist Education Fund assistance will receive significantly more aid than in recent years, thanks to a surplus in the fund that provides a portion of the money. ...

Flooding in Nicholas County

July 31, 2021
Thursday night there was significant flash flooding in Carlisle, Nicholas County.  Over 100 families were impacted and there is one fatality reported so far.  There is also significant damage to several businesses as well as the ...

July 2021 KAC COVID Re-entry Update

July 28, 2021
The Kentucky Annual Conference Re-Entry Team continues to encourage churches to follow all local, state, CDC and KAC guidelines related to the Covid pandemic.  There is great concern related to the highly contagious Delta variant ...

2021 Retiree Class part 1

July 20, 2021
Over the next three weeks we will honor the women and men of the conference who faithfully  served the church through ordained ministry but are now retiring.  We give God thanks that these men and women answered their call to ...

$10,000 grant adds online coaching for 2021 Isaiah Project interns

July 01, 2021
A $10,000 grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration is enhancing the experience for this summer’s four Isaiah Project interns by adding an online coaching component to their 10-week ministerial discernment process. “It’s ...

2021 - 2022 Appointment List

June 08, 2021
Here is the 2021 - 2022 Appointment List.

2021 Annual Conference: Clergy, laity leaders to receive anti-racism training

June 08, 2021
Clergy and  laity who serve in Kentucky Annual Conference leadership positions will be required to undergo anti-racism training at least once every four years, following action taken Tuesday, June 8, during the business meeting of...

2021 Annual Conference: Love can change the world, Bishop Fairley says

June 08, 2021
Knowing and showing the love of God is more important than ever for United Methodists during this season of change and uncertainty, Bishop Leonard Fairley said in his sermon at the start of the business meeting of the 2021 online ...

2021 Annual Conference: 6 celebrated at Commissioning & Ordination Service

June 07, 2021
Four clergy were ordained as elders, one was commissioned as a provisional elder, and one was recognized as an associate member Monday, June 7, during a Service of Commission and Ordination as part of the 2021 Annual Conference. ...

2021 Annual Conference: A call to action for laity

June 06, 2021
Pandemics and other current challenges “do not excuse us from the command to be loving disciples,” Kentucky Annual Conference Co-Lay Leader Jonna Carter said Sunday, June 6, in a call for laity to become more deeply involved in ...

SEJ College of Bishops calls for special session

May 26, 2021
The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶521 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, calls for a special session of the jurisdictional conference on July 21, 2021. The ...

Fairleys: Called to Lead During Season of Transition

May 15, 2021
By now you probably have either read or heard the news from the Council of Bishops, the Southeastern Jurisdiction College and the SEJ Committee of Episcopacy concerning annual conference leadership coverage until we elect new ...

Council of Bishops approves episcopal supervision recommendations for SEJ

May 14, 2021
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ), due to the retirement of four bishops.   The recommendations were made by the ...

May 2021 COVID Re-Entry Update

May 14, 2021
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines on Thursday, May 13th, regarding the use of masks by those who are vaccinated. Please find more information from the CDC at the following link:   https...

Step up to The Kingdom Assignment!

May 13, 2021
Are you ready for a challenge that we think will make a real difference in your church and community – as well as prove spiritually invigorating for you and your team? It’s called The Kingdom Assignment, and New Church Development...

2020 State of the Church Report: Blessed is the Church

May 04, 2021
Nashville: The United Methodist Church has continued to carry out its mission despite the unique challenges and uncertainties of 2020. That’s according to the new 2020 State of the Church Report produced by the Connectional Table ...

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