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General Conference approves amended Traditional Plan; Judicial Council ruling sought

February 27, 2019
ST. LOUIS – The special session of the General Conference on Tuesday approved an amended version of the Traditional Plan – an action that led to protests on the floor of the Dome of the America’s Center and in the stands for the ...

General Conference maintains language on ordination of LGBTQI persons, same-gender marriages in The United Methodist Church

February 27, 2019
ST. LOUIS – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church would like to thank the delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference for their diligent work during the 2019 conference, which ended today in St. ...

Statement from Bishop Fairley on General Conference 2019

February 26, 2019
To my brothers and sisters in Christ,   In his opening prayer for the church at Philippi, Paul shares these words: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of ...

Emotional day sets up potentially historic final day of GC 2019

February 25, 2019
  ST. LOUIS – Tuesday’s final session of the 2019 General Conference sets up to be one of the most consequential days  in the history of The United Methodist Church.   This after delegates Monday, while acting in the legislative ...

GC 2019: Legislative work begins amid calls for unity

February 24, 2019
ST. LOUIS – Delegates to the special General Conference began the process on Sunday of working through 78 petitions related to matters concerning human sexuality and the future of The United Methodist Church. This work stood out ...

Delegates, staff prepare for opening of called General Conference

February 23, 2019
ST. LOUIS – Delegates from across The United Methodist Church began to assemble in St. Louis  on Friday for the start of the called 2019 General Conference. Friday’s activities were centered around registration, getting acclimated...

Day of prayer opens called General Conference

February 23, 2019
ST. LOUIS – The long-awaited special General Conference began Saturday – not with legislative committees or discussions on rules, but with an intentional time of prayer.   Coordinated by the Praying the Way Forward initiative, ...

How to Follow General Conference 2019

February 22, 2019
With the 2019 special called General Conference assembling this weekend in St. Louis, there are several ways that you can follow along from Kentucky.   Special websites have been created at both www.UMC.org and www.kyumc.org to ...

Praying for General Conference February 20

February 20, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 19

February 19, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Weekly Devotional 7

February 19, 2019
“Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?’ Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm.” - Matthew 8:26 CEB When I finished my exercise regimen, I decided to walk ...

Weekly Devotional 6

February 19, 2019
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will guide your hearts and minds to Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:7 When Jesus was born, He became the source of all peace. In high school, life becomes a whirlwind. From ...

Praying for General Conference February 18

February 18, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 17

February 18, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 16

February 18, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Bishop to hold conference-wide meetings following General Conference

February 18, 2019
Bishop Fairley has called for a gathering of the Orders and Fellowship following General Conference.  All the gatherings will be held at Southern Hills UMC in Lexington. The Orders of Elders and Deacons will gather on Friday, ...

Praying for General Conference February 15

February 15, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 14

February 15, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

As delegates prepare for GC, they’re hearing from the faithful

February 15, 2019
The Kentucky Annual Conference’s delegates to General Conference 2019 have been getting plenty of input from Kentucky’s United Methodists – input they say they’re happy to have as they prepare to travel to St. Louis. Ten ...

Scenarios team meets, continues to plan for what comes after General Conference

February 14, 2019
Team members working to envision potential scenarios following the upcoming called special General Conference held their second of two meetings Monday, Feb. 11, at the Conference Center in Crestwood and plan to continue working on...

Praying for General Conference February 13

February 13, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference

February 13, 2019
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus!   As we draw closer to the time of conversation and discernment at the specially called General Conference on February 23-26, the Annual Conference calls us to a season of prayer and ...

Bishop Fairley’s statement before General Conference

February 13, 2019
In light of all the tension surrounding us at this time, I share this explanation of the lowercase “gods” in the opening quote. The lowercase use is to distinguish all the gods that we place before the one true God.   “There is a ...

Weekly Devotional 5

February 05, 2019
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in ...

Mission Trip Opportunities for 2019

February 04, 2019
Disaster Relief Trip to North Carolina with Bishop Fairley Hurricane Florence caused immense flooding damage in North Carolina in September 2018. Long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts are needed. You're invited to join Bishop...

Unity in the Church: Sacred or Scandalous?

February 01, 2019
Many sermons spoken, speeches shared, and articles written over the last several months by United Methodists have included the little, five-letter word: “unity.”  Sometimes unity is upheld as the very key to our future as a ...

Conference Office Closed

January 29, 2019
Due to inclement weather, the conference office will not be open on Wednesday, January 30th. The office is planning to be back to normal operations on Thursday, January 31st.

Weekly Devotional 4

January 29, 2019
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” - Colossians 3:15 ESV In a world full of ideas, perspectives and story lines competing for your attention, God offers...

Weekly Devotional 3

January 24, 2019
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” - John 14:27 Jesus announces His departure from His followers, but introduces ...

Weekly Devotional 2

January 15, 2019
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33, NIV For years, I have leaned on this verse and held tight to these ...

After General Conference: KAC team formed to consider possible scenarios

January 14, 2019
Whatever the results of General Conference 2019, the Kentucky Annual Conference wants to be prepared for what comes next. Nearly two dozen pastors and laity from across the KAC, along with Conference directors and staff, have ...

Meet our general conference delegates

January 14, 2019
In February 2019 at the special called session of General Conference, five clergy members and five laity will represent the Kentucky Annual Conference as the church addresses the issue of human sexuality in The United Methodist ...

Seventy-eight legislative petitions headed for St. Louis

January 14, 2019
Dallas, Texas: The General Conference Committee on Reference has determined that 78 petitions submitted for consideration by the 2019 General Conference are in harmony with the purpose of the special session to be held February ...

Kentucky’s Gary Graves right at home as General Conference secretary

January 11, 2019
Rev. Gary Graves’ world was turned upside down in a matter of 24 hours in 2016.   One day, May 16 to be precise, he was elected by the 2016 General Conference to serve as the secretary of General Conference. The very next day the ...

New Year’s Message from the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward

January 03, 2019
As we turn to the new year and the approaching February meeting of the called Special Session of General Conference, the moderators would like to encourage delegates to the General Conference, as well as all spiritual leaders in ...

Bishop Fairley's Christmas Message -In The Fullness of Time

December 24, 2018
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son...” - Galatians 4:4  Advent moves us forward toward the in-breaking of the kingdom of God on Christmas Day as we pray in the words of the hymn writer: “Come thou long ...

Buechel UMC Christmas Eve service a melting pot of races, cultures, languages

December 24, 2018
LOUISVILLE – Buechel UMC’s congregation and pastors believe worship should include everyone – all races, nationalities, languages – coming together to praise and glorify Christ. Just the way heaven will look. A little slice of ...

Spiritual Preparation and Response around GC 2019

December 21, 2018
As we go towards the Special Called Session of General Conference 2019, the Pennyrile district has put together a few ideas of things we can do to help us move into and past the session. Before GC2019 Spiritual Preparation 1. ...

Advent Devotional December 15

December 17, 2018
“But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8, NRSV  My grandparents had a farm in northeast Ohio where Christmas snow abounded. Family gatherings held special adventures - ...

Youth, young adults see reasons for optimism in tomorrow’s UMC

December 17, 2018
Between our changing society in general and uncertainty ahead of the special General Conference in February, there’s no denying it: These are challenging times for the United Methodist Church. What do young people think about ...

Bishops offer scholarships for 2019 UMEIT-USA and NWCU events

December 11, 2018
The Council of Bishops is offering partial scholarships for young adults (age 21-35) to attend the 2019 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT:USA) and the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) next ...

Weekly Devotional 1

December 10, 2018
We hope you have enjoyed the daily devotionals that we shared during the Advent season.  As we proceed from Advent into Epiphany and toward the special session known as General Conference 2019, we offer you a weekly devotion on ...

Advent Devotional December 23

December 10, 2018
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.“ - Luke 2:13-14 (NRSV) We’re in the season of ...

Advent Devotional December 22

December 10, 2018
“‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” - Luke 15:1-8 I...

Advent Devotion December 21

December 10, 2018
“And those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” - Isaiah 35:10 God sent his Son; ...

Advent Devotion December 20

December 10, 2018
“Though you do not see Him, you trust Him; and even now you are happy with a glorious,  inexpressible joy.” - 1 Peter 1:8 I was recently struck by the number of times the word “joy” is paired with “shout” or “sing” in the Old ...

Advent Devotionals December 19

December 10, 2018
“I see him, but at a later time, I’ll recognize him, even though he is far away. A star will come out of Jacob.  A scepter shall rise out of Israel.” - Numbers 24:17, VOICE “Where is this newborn, who is the King of the Jews? When...

Advent Devotional December 18

December 10, 2018
“This is my body broken for you.” -  Luke 22:19 The scripture above is not one that is usually associated with Christmas. But without Christ’s death and resurrection, Christmas would just be another day. Several years ago, our ...

Advent Devotionals December 17

December 10, 2018
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of  living with you forever.” - Psalm 16:11, NLT My eldest son graduated high school five years ago and moved 1,400 miles away to take a job...

Advent Devotionals December 16

December 10, 2018
Read Nehemiah 8:1-12 and look at its focus on joy: “...the joy of the LORD is your strength.” - verse 10 “...the people went their way...to make great rejoicing...” - verse 12 The joy of the Lord is your strength. What is the joy ...

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