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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 ...

Council of Bishops to gather in virtual meeting April 26 to April 30

April 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet April 26 to April 30 in a virtual gathering that will bring together more than 120 episcopal leaders from across the globe. Faced with the disruptions and ...

Verdict statement in George Floyd trial

April 21, 2021
What is the appropriate response when a watershed moment for justice is carried out?   I am grateful that the judicial system worked. However, I must confess, I am saddened that it came to this because a person who should be ...

Judicial Council refuses COB request to rule on Protocol

April 19, 2021
WASHINGTON, D. C. -  The highest court in The United Methodist Church has exercised its discretion to decline a request by bishops to decide whether the plan for separation on the part of some in the church, known as the Protocol,...

7 ordained elders, 1 deacon during COVID-delayed recognition ceremony

April 17, 2021
Seven Kentucky Conference clergy were ordained as elders and one was ordained as deacon Saturday, April 17, during a Service of Commissioning and Ordination at Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville. In addition, two people...

Conference Communications staff wins 5 UMAC awards

April 14, 2021
Kentucky Annual Conference Communications staff members have been recognized for five superior pieces of their work during the 2021 competition of UMAC, the United Methodist Association of Communicators.   The winning entries ...

Flood Recovery

April 06, 2021
Bishop Leonard Fairley and Disaster Relief Coordinator, Jim Morse, of The Kentucky Conference visit flood-stricken areas in Eastern Kentucky. The recovery process is going strong but there is still more to do.

Bishops Reconsider May 8 Special Session of General Conference

March 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met on Monday, March 22, 2021 in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters  related to the Council’s work.  After much conversation, the bishops ...

March 2021 Update

March 16, 2021
Kentucky Annual Conference March 2021 Update Phase I                          Phase II                    Phase III   As vaccination efforts continue to move forward, we are seeing good progress with the decline of rates of ...

The past year ... one pastor's point of view

March 11, 2021
The following was written by Rev. Willard Knipp of Pikeville First UMC and posted on his Facebook page to mark the one-year anniversary of COVID-19. Reprinted here with his permission, with minor editing. Rev. Knipp has also ...

Doylesville UMC cleaning up after the flood

March 10, 2021
Doylesville UMC was flooded in our recent rains. Doylesville is a small rural church located about 1 mile from the Kentucky river, but next to a tributary that feeds into the river and we were flooded in the recent rains. The ...

Disaster response update March 5

March 05, 2021
There have been a total of 64 emergency declarations in Kentucky. These are cities and counties that have made a declaration: Counties: Adair, Boyd, Breathitt, Calloway, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, ...

$10,000 grant to aid Conference’s initial response to flooding

March 05, 2021
The Kentucky Annual Conference has received a $10,000 grant from UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, to assist in the response to destructive flooding in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky.   The funds will be used to ...

Conference ramps up efforts to assist flood-stricken Eastern Kentucky

March 02, 2021
The Kentucky Annual Conference is reaching out to UMCOR to receive a shipment of cleaning buckets as part of the Conference’s response to devastating flooding in Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky. The buckets should arrive in by ...

The love of Christ can set us free

February 27, 2021
As a longtime chaplain in federal prisons, I have seen the divisions that occur between races at their most extreme. Violence between races is not unusual in prison, one of the most segregated environments on Earth. Among ...

General Conference Announcement and FAQs

February 25, 2021
Brothers and Sisters,   By now, you are probably aware that the Commission on the General Conference has again postponed the 2020 General Conference, and the Council of Bishops have set a date of May 8, 2021 for a Special Called ...

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