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COB welcomes court’s decision that annual conferences may not vote to leave UMC

May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is expressing gratitude following the declaratory decision from the Judicial Council which stated that an annual conference may not vote to separate from the...

Kentucky Conference clergy, ‘water-washed children of the living God,’ gather to worship

May 03, 2022
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Kentucky Annual Conference clergy who attended a worship service came not as Republican, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, progressives, traditionalists, centrists, or anything else, save one: “the only ...

Bickerton becomes president of Council of Bishops, calls for unity

April 29, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The bishops of The United Methodist Church completed their Spring meeting today in a spirit of collegiality and love for one another and the worldwide denomination.   In a moving time of worship, the bishops ...

What happens when a new denomination launches?

April 28, 2022
By Heather Hahn April 28, 2022 | UM News   Key Points: The Global Methodist Church, a theologically conservative breakaway denomination, has set May 1 as its official start date.  However, it will take time for any potential ...

Clergy worship service: Clearing up any confusion or misperceptions

April 27, 2022
A group of half a dozen Kentucky Annual Conference clergy spanning the ideological spectrum might not agree on the LGBTQ debate or other political matters, but one thing they do agree on: the need to worship together after being ...

Bishop Harvey calls on United Methodists to act as ‘the body of Christ’

April 26, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. ­-- To say that Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s time as President of the Council of the Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has been unusual would be an understatement. Bishop Harvey, who serves the ...

2022 Easter Devotional - Grace That is Greater

April 17, 2022
Today is the final day of our 2022 Grace That is Greater Lenten Devotionals. We hope you have  been inspired or somehow touched by these words that have been shared. Today, Bishop Leonard Fairley reminds us that, "When faith ...

Kentucky Conference churches step up to assist Afghan refugees

April 11, 2022
Seven churches across the Kentucky Annual Conference have stepped forward to assist refugees from Afghanistan who were forced to flee the country after the summer 2021 withdrawal of U.S. support and the subsequent government ...

2022 Lenten Devotional - Grace that is Greater - Day 1

April 06, 2022
Today is the first of  twelve mornings that you will receive a daily devotional from Bishop Leonard Fairley and the Cabinet of the Kentucky Annual Conference. We hope you that you will be inspired or somehow touched by these words...

Farm Field Cleanup Update

March 28, 2022
Our efforts this past weekend achieved some help for a couple of fields in a couple of counties. There are still many farm fields that have debris from either the tornadoes of Dec. 11 or Jan. 1 that will impede crop planting. ...

Farm Field Cleanup

March 18, 2022
Spring and the planting season are quickly approaching. There are still many farm fields that have debris from either the Dec. 11 or Jan. 1 tornadoes that will impede crop planting. Several of the counties that we have been most ...

Bishops discern ways for churches choosing to separate from UMC; seek court's guidance on Jurisdictional Conferences

March 16, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Bishops of The United Methodist Church in their March 15 called meeting discerned pathways for churches choosing disaffiliation and separation. The bishops have met two consecutive weeks to discern pathways...

The Kingdom Assignment: 10 N. Kentucky churches accept NCD challenge

March 16, 2022
In 2021, as churches were starting to reengage despite the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s New Church Development Team invited its New Faith Communities to bless others in an exercise known as The ...

Aldersgate Camp names Director of Operations

March 07, 2022
Haley Andes has been named Director of Operations at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center. Her first day on the job will be March 21. Andes, 27, is currently Associate Director of Build Inclusion Inc., of Lexington. Previously, she...

Bishop Fairley's response to the statement from the Commission on General Conference

March 05, 2022
If you have not read the statements made by The Commission on the General Conference or our Council of Bishops President Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s comments, I encourage you to do so. Also worth reading is Bishop Ken Carter’s ...

General Conference is Postponed Until 2024

March 03, 2022
Nashville, Tenn.: As the pandemic continues and the wait time for visas stretches to over two years in some countries, the Commission on the General Conference announced today that the 2020 General Conference cannot be held in ...

UMC Bishops to explore various pathways as General Conference is postponed until 2024

March 03, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Commission on the General Conference today announced the further postponement of the postponed 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The next General Conference will be in 2024. In ...

Holding the Ashes - 2022 Ash Wednesday Reflection

March 02, 2022
Holding the Ashes “Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” - Psalm 51:11-12 I write this reflection with a ...

In solidarity with Ukraine

February 25, 2022
UMC-organized prayer vigil in Nicholasville draws hundreds

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop in the Nordic and Baltic Area

February 24, 2022
Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area has penned a letter asking all people called United Methodists to join together and pray for protection and peace in light of what is happening in Ukraine. Below you ...

Southeastern Jurisdiction Mourns the Death of SEJ Conference Secretary, Rev. Dr. Brad Brady

February 08, 2022
The Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church mourns the death of SEJ Conference Secretary and retired South Georgia Conference clergyperson Rev. Dr. Brad Brady. Dr. Brady was a pillar of SEJ Methodism and a ...

Update on disaster response to December 2021 tornadoes

February 07, 2022
UMC churches and congregations across the Kentucky Annual Conference remain hard at work in partnership with disaster-relief organizations in the recovery effort from the tornadoes that hit western Kentucky on Dec. 11, 2021.   “...

Cabinet statement on bomb threats on HBCU campuses

February 03, 2022
On Feb. 1, 2022, the first day of Black History Month, at least a half-dozen historically Black universities were responding to bomb threats on their campuses. Kentucky State University, located in Frankfort, was one of the ...

’Make It Plain’ - A Black History Month reflection

February 02, 2022
Black History Month often raises many questions and responses around why it is celebrated. Therefore, I ask for this moment of personal privilege, not as debate (my heart has grown weary of that), but as an opportunity of witness....

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.

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