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Lay Supply speaker inducted into WKU Athletic Hall of Fame

November 24, 2022
Harry Todd has lived a full and interesting life – basketball star in high school and college, lengthy Army career, tourism director in Trigg-Christian counties, and in recent years as a lay supply pulpit speaker in the ...

Stay UMC - Continuing as a Member of the United Methodist Church

November 23, 2022
 In this season when some churches are choosing to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church, we are frequently asked what to do if your local church votes to leave but you wish to remain.  If your local congregation is ...

Council of Bishops welcomes thirteen newly elected bishops

November 07, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is welcoming thirteen (13) bishops who were elected during last week’s jurisdictional conferences in the United States.   “It is a joy to welcome this ...

Bishop Fairley reappointed to Kentucky, Central Appalachian conferences

November 04, 2022
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Bishop Leonard Fairley has been reassigned to the Kentucky Annual Conference, the Committee on Episcopacy announced Friday morning, Nov. 4, during the final day of the Southeastern Jurisdictional ...

SEJ: Three resolutions pass after considerable debate, including protest

November 04, 2022
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Three resolutions – all of which ultimately passed – received considerable debate that included a peaceful protest during Thursday night’s session of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.  The three ...

Alvarez withdraws name as episcopal nominee

November 03, 2022
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Rev Dr. Iosmar Alvarez, Kentucky’s nominee to the episcopacy, withdrew his name from consideration Thursday morning, just as the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference was preparing for the 13th ballot. As...

SEJ elects 2 of 3 bishops needed

November 02, 2022
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Two of three bishops were elected Wednesday, Nov. 2, as Rev. Tom Berlin, the nominee from the Virginia Conference, was elected on the fourth ballot, receiving 213 of the 208 required, or 61.56% of the vote....

SEJ Kicks off with opening worship, morning business, first ballot

November 02, 2022
LAKE JUNALUSKA, North Carolina—Delegates, reserves, bishops, volunteers and members of the media filled the seats of Stuart Auditorium early Wednesday, Nov. 2, for the first day of the 2022 session of the Southeastern ...

Alvarez, other episcopal nominees visit with delegations ahead of voting

November 01, 2022
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference’s opening day Tuesday, Nov. 1, was largely taken up with a series of “round robin” sessions that episcopacy nominees – including Kentucky’s Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez...

Delegates prepare to elect bishops at Jurisdictional Conference

October 30, 2022
Delegates from Kentucky and other annual conferences in the Southeastern Jurisdiction will gather this week at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, to elect bishops – including the election of three to fill openings from retirements. ...

Connectionalism on display: Pastors gather to celebrate staying UMC

October 25, 2022
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Sometimes we need to be reminded of what makes us unique, and Monday morning on a beautiful fall day, under clear blue skies and a canopy of trees exhibiting their most beautiful colors, approximately 60 ...

KAC Ministry Candidate wins $10,000 Bossey Institute scholarship

October 21, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has named MS. Eliza Love as the 2023 recipient of the $10,000 scholarship to attend the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in ...

Kentucky Conference hosts 2022 gathering of conference treasurers

October 17, 2022
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a two-year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s Administrative Services Team was finally able to host the National Association of Annual Conference Treasurers (NAACT) ...

About two dozen volunteers join Bishop Fairley, Appointive Cabinet on mission trip after tornado

October 12, 2022
HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. – Andrew Pence could have spent his fall break from Lincoln County High School relaxing in between cross-country practice sessions. But he had something more ambitious in mind. The 16-year-old sophomore was ...

2022 Journal now available

October 11, 2022
The 2022 Annual Conference Journal is now completed and online. It can be found at www.kyumc.org/conferencejournal. It is password-protected; if you need the password, contact your district office. Printed copies of the Journal ...

Bishop Robert H. Spain dies at age 96

September 13, 2022
Bishop Robert “Bob” Hitchcock Spain, a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, passed away on September 9, 2022, at the age of 96. He was elected a Bishop in the United Methodist Church in 1988 during the Southeastern ...

Disaffiliation statement from Bishop Leonard Fairley

September 08, 2022
I write to appeal to the presence of Christ the risen Lord in each of you. I share this statement as a shepherd who loves the people of the church and not so much as a biblical scholar, parliamentary expert, or expert interpreter...

Kentucky & Red Bird’s Witness of Thanks

September 07, 2022
At my very first appointment, one of my favorite parts of our worship service was “Testimonies and Concerns.” Testimonies and Concerns was true “liturgy,” where lay people had the opportunity to give witness, to testify about what...

United Methodists actively involved in flood-recovery efforts

September 01, 2022
United Methodists in southeast Kentucky continue to serve on the front lines with other denominations as the region moves from emergency response to the rebuilding phase from deadly floods in late July. Letha Patterson, a member...

Bishops agree on ways to tackle gun violence; church disaffiliations

August 30, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church ended its summer 2022 meeting last Friday (Aug.26) with a call to act against gun violence and to create a uniform approach to the way in which ...

UMC remains on the front lines of response to southeastern Kentucky flooding

August 26, 2022
The United Methodist Church continues to be involved in the response to recent deadly flooding in southeastern Kentucky. Rev. Karen Stigall, District Superintendent of the Kentucky Annual Conference’s South East District and the...

Conference Trustees Update Disaffiliation Policy

August 24, 2022
Wednesday, August 24, the Kentucky Annual Conference Board of Trustees announces an update to the Conference’s terms for churches disaffiliating according to the Book of Discipline ¶2553. Effective immediately, disaffiliating ...

UMC bishops welcome Judicial Council’s clarification of church disaffiliation process

August 24, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops expresses gratitude for the Judicial Council’s ruling that clarified that Paragraph 2548.2 of The Book of Discipline is not a process of church disaffiliation from The United Methodist ...

Discernment workbook aims to help churches make critical decisions

August 22, 2022
The Kentucky Annual Conference has produced a workbook for churches to help discern major decisions, and in-person training sessions at various locations will be conducted over the next several weeks to help churches get the most ...

Bishops gather to discuss future of The United Methodist Church

August 18, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the midst of ongoing challenges related to Covid-19 and church disaffiliations, the Council of Bishops will meet August 22-26, 2022, to discuss the future of The United Methodist Church, prepare for new ...

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 ...

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