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Why I’m not leaving The United Methodist Church

February 20, 2020
By the Rev. Steve West  Feb. 17, 2020 | ARAB, Ala A few weeks ago, hundreds of North Alabama Methodists who consider themselves traditional, orthodox, and conservative met at Clearbranch UMC to talk about splitting from The ...

‘Delegation in the District’ meetings underway

February 18, 2020
HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky – More than 400 people attended the first of nine “Delegation in the District” meetings on Sunday, Feb. 16, at St. John (Hopkinsville) in the Pennyrile District. Revs. Tami Coleman and Matt Seel led the ...

Responding to disaster: Southeastern Kentucky flooding assistance drives home the point that we are connectional … and stronger for it

February 14, 2020
When recent heavy rains caused rivers and streams to overflow their banks in southeastern Kentucky, the Kentucky Annual Conference was ready to help. Jim Morse, the Conference’s Disaster Response Coordinator, and volunteer David ...

Candidate Endorsed for Episcopacy (RBMC)

February 13, 2020
The Red Bird Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2020 delegation  has unanimously endorsed Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez to be a Candidate for Episcopacy in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Alvarez, ...

Flood buckets delivered to southeast Kentucky

February 11, 2020
Flood buckets headed to the South East Kentucky District and the Red Bird Missionary Conference were delivered to Barbourville First UMC late Monday afternoon.  Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Jim Morse arrived in ...

WCA holds informational meetings in Kentucky

February 10, 2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A few hundred people attended two meetings Thursday of the Wesleyan Covenant Association to hear about the traditionalist organization and also details about a recently announced compromise church-separation plan....

Flood relief for southeastern Kentucky

February 08, 2020
About a dozen volunteers gathered Saturday afternoon to load 175 cleaning buckets into a rental truck to assist flood-stricken people in southeastern Kentucky. Bishop Leonard Fairley and Dawn Sparks Fairley were among those who ...

WCA UMCNext upcoming events

February 04, 2020
The following events are not sponsored by the Kentucky Annual Conference.  To assist you in gathering information that may help as you lead your churches, you are invited to attend the following events to learn more about these ...

KAC Delegation to Hold Meetings in Each District

February 04, 2020
Greetings from your KAC Delegation!   We are planning on hosting Informational Gatherings in each District over the next 6 weeks.  These gatherings will be focused on helping educate all of our clergy and laity on General ...

Conference Leadership: Living and Leading Together

February 03, 2020
Bishop’s Extended Cabinet gets advice for uncertain times This past Sunday was memorable to sports fans as Super Bowl Sunday. But for Bishop Leonard Fairley and the members of his Extended Cabinet and the Conference Secretary, the...

2020 General Conference

February 01, 2020
In this section you will find more information about General Conference 2020 from news articles to getting to know our delegates and everything in between.

Statement from SEJ Heads of Delegation regarding Protocol:

January 30, 2020
We, the undersigned SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations, affirm the work done on the ‘Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation’ and recommend the Protocol be among the first legislative items considered by General...

Southeast Jurisdiction Leaders Collaborate in Montgomery

January 16, 2020
The 2020 Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Leadership Gathering was held in Montgomery, AL, January 7-9. SEJ Bishops, Directors of Connectional Ministries, Lay Leaders and the Committee on Episcopacy gathered from nine states and ...

Live Streamed Panel Discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

January 10, 2020
Here is how to connect to the panel discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation. The panel, will discuss how they developed the proposal. The live stream will begin Monday, January 13, at 9:30 am (ET) ...

Bishop Fairley Responds to the Protocol Document on Reconciliation and Separation proposal

January 07, 2020
I know many of you have been longing to hear a word from your Bishop as you’ve seen countless statements, and most likely, numerous posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter regarding the proposed Protocol Document on ...

EO Tours responds to Iraq-Iran Security Concerns

January 07, 2020
January 6, 2020 Security Concern Response from Educational Opportunities Tours on Vimeo.   In light of upcoming trips to the Holy Land by members of the Kentucky Conference, James Ridgway, CEO of EO Tours, shares his...

United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops Sign Agreement Aimed at Separation

January 03, 2020
Please find below the press release from the Mediation Team that has proposed a solution to the impasse in The United Methodist Church regarding LGBTQ persons. January 3, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) - A diverse group of ...

Advent Devotionals Week 4 - Peace

December 24, 2019
Here are the last two Advent devotionals from the final week of Advent. Here members of the Kentucky Annual Conference share devotions on the topic of Peace  December 22 - Dustin Pugel, Embrace UMC (Lexington District) December ...

Advent Devotionals Week 3 - Joy

December 21, 2019
Here is a compilation of Advent devotionals from week three of Advent. Here members of the Kentucky Annual Conference share devotions on the topic of Joy December 15 - Pastor Judy Noel, Shelbyville Centenary UMC (Bluegrass ...

Why This Way? A Christmas Message from Bishop Fairley

December 20, 2019
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!   Please be forewarned that this will not be your standard Christmas message or greeting.  I want to begin with a series of “Why?” questions.  Why not in splendor and glory?  Why not with royal fanfare and ...

2020 Pan-Methodist MLK Day Celebration

December 20, 2019
Every third Monday in January, we pause to reflect and honor the great legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The impact of his life’s work continues to touch lives today and we are forever grateful for his relentlessness ...

Going gaga: Here’s a sweet Christmas story yule be glad you read

December 19, 2019
Christmas came a couple of weeks early at Grace Kids: A Church for Children, when the south Louisville church was gifted with a custom-made gaga pit in the sanctuary for its active and high-spirited youthful congregation. Say ...

Save the Date - December 2020

December 17, 2019
Please hold December 8-9, 2020, for a special gathering of the Kentucky Annual Conference. The gathering will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. In preparation for possible outcomes of General Conference 2020 ...

Advent Devotionals Week 2 - Love

December 14, 2019
Here is a compilation of Advent devotionals from week two of Advent. Here members of the Kentucky Annual Conference share devotions on the topic of Love. December 8 - Mary Sammons, Covenant UMC (South CentralDistrict) December 9...

Churches gather Christmas gifts for children of imprisoned parents

December 10, 2019
Millerstown and Little Clifty United Methodist Churches in the Owensboro District gathered presents for children whose parents will be incarcerated during the Christmas season.  According to the Pew Research center, more than  ...

Advent Devotionals Week 1 - Hope

December 07, 2019
Here is a compilation of Advent devotionals from week one. Here members of the Kentucky Annual Conference share devotions on the topic of Hope. December 2 - Elaine Doolittle, St. John UMC (Owensboro District) December 3 - Tammy ...

Advent Devotional - From Bishop Leonard Fairley

December 03, 2019
Hope Advent Musings from The Bishop: It been a “minute” since I have written anything even close to a Bishop’s pastoral letter.  It has taken a season like Advent to move me. Maybe because Advent is the season that God decided to ...

In Mission Together

November 14, 2019
65 people from U.S., Eastern Europe gather to worship, celebrate

Disaster Response Ministry work progressing

November 11, 2019
Plans to improve the Kentucky Annual Conference’s disaster-preparedness protocols are steadily proceeding, according to Disaster Response Coordinator Jim Morse. In a recent interview, Morse said one of the major goals is to ...

Candidate endorsed for episcopacy

November 10, 2019
Alvarez Endorsed as Episcopal Candidate   Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez, superintendent of the Lexington District of the Kentucky Annual Conference, has received the unanimous support of the Conference’s delegation as an episcopal ...

COB announces assignments to UMC agencies and boards

November 08, 2019
Our own Bishop Fairley has been assigned as one of three bishops that will serve on the board of directors of the General Commission on United Methodist Men. The assignment begins in 2020 but Bishop Fairley is already, "looking ...

United Methodist Bishops meet to discuss General Conference, elect new officers

November 03, 2019
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet November 3-6 at Lake Junaluska Assembly in North Carolina to prepare for the 2020 General Conference, elect new officers and ratify a constitutional amendment among ...

GBCS Board of Directors Release Social Principles to the Church

October 23, 2019
At its final meeting of the quadrennium, the board of directors of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) introduced the Revised Social Principles to entire church.  The document is now pending approval of the 2020 General...

Volunteers needed for General Conference

October 23, 2019
Nashville, Tenn.: Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 5-15, 2020. At this ...

Videos offer insight into the United Methodist-Episcopal Full Communion Dialogue

October 14, 2019
The United Methodist Church – Episcopal Church Dialogue Committee has released a series of videos highlighting shared ministries between the churches and discussing the current full communion proposal developed by the committee.  ...

Council of Bishops announces winners of Local Initiatives Grants

October 03, 2019
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Local Initiatives Grants. The winners are: Columbia Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Network: Contact Tom H. Wall at ...

‘Sent in Love’ - Theological Statement released by the UMC Committee on Faith and Order

September 27, 2019
The United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order (CFO) has completed its work on a theological statement entitled Sent in Love: A United Methodist Understanding of the Church.  This document is being sent to the 2020 General ...

Children’s Home is in need of a few gently used vehicles

September 13, 2019
The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes is working to open a new wing to serve new youth at the Nicholasville Campus. To do this, we need a few gently used vehicles. We are looking for a reliable, 4-door car or van. All ...

Kentucky and Red Bird Conferences Retreat

September 13, 2019
The Kentucky and Red Bird Conference delegations met together on September 6 and 7 at Windsor Manor on the campus of Asbury University.  The executive team of the Kentucky Conference is Rev. Dr. Bill Arnold, chair; Mr. Alan ...

Portland Promise Center volunteer opportunities

September 13, 2019
After School Classes The Portland Promise Center has an exciting lineup of classes for youth and children this year. Students will learn new cooking skills, receive homework help, and grow their computer skills. The center also ...

African Bishops speak on the future of the UMC in Africa

September 07, 2019
MUTARE, ZIMBABWE  - Bishops in Africa have vowed that The United Methodist Church will continue in Africa even after the 2020 General Conference. Therefore, the bishops have resolved not to support any proposed legislations or ...

Africa University to launch new Doctor of Ministry program in chaplaincy

August 16, 2019
A symposium was held Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Africa University in preparation for the launch of a Doctor of Ministry program in chaplaincy based at the UMC-affiliated university near Mutare, Zimbabwe.    There has been much interest...

General Conference Commission Takes Action Following Task Force Review

August 12, 2019
Lexington, Ky.: The Commission on the General Conference voted this week to implement new registration and credentialing procedures for General Conference delegates to safeguard against the possibility of unauthorized voting.  The...

Lamentations, a statement from Bishop Leonard Fairley

August 12, 2019
Lamentations A voice is heard in Raman, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” -Jeremiah 31:15 The following is not so much a ...

The Lighthouse Academy at Newburg hosts Back to School Fair

August 10, 2019
The 2019 Lighthouse Academy at Newburg Health and Back to School Fair was held Saturday, August 3, and by all measures the fair was a rousing success. The fair served families and children from throughout the Louisville area. The...

A Statement from Bishop Carter on the recent mass shootings

August 06, 2019
“A Call to Discipleship: Living as Disciples of a Non-Violent Lord in a Time of Violence” To the People of The United Methodist Church: As president of the Council of Bishops, but more fundamentally as one who professes faith in...

Council of Bishops invites applications for two ecumenical programs

August 01, 2019
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for the following programs:  2020 Local Initiatives Grants Scholarship to Attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey 2020 Local Initiatives Grants The...

Connectional Table Approves Legislation Creating New U.S. Structure

July 23, 2019
The Connectional Table approved sending legislation to General Conference 2020 that will create a new structure for churches in the United States, called a regional conference, during an online meeting July 18, 2019.  The ...

Central Conference bishops convene diverse group to address impasse in The United Methodist Church

July 20, 2019
A group of prominent United Methodists met in Chicago on Friday, July 19, 2019, to seek new ways to address the impasse regarding full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church. This meeting was called by Central ...

Bishops call for new ways of embodying unity through mission, relationships

July 17, 2019
The bishops of The United Methodist Church will seek to strengthen annual conferences in 2019 through the ministries of sending and missional strategy, Bishop Kenneth Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, has said.    In a ...

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