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Lighthouse Academy at Newburg Recipients of Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Award

January 04, 2021
Lighthouse Academy at Newburg are the recipients of the Chick-Fil-A True Inspiration Award including $50,000.  Chick-Fil-A presented the "big check" on December 10, 2020, to Cynthia Overall, Director of Operations and Student ...

AC2020 Worship Services

December 15, 2020
Here you will find the two worship services from the 2020 Kentucky Annual Conference, the manuscript from Bishop Fairley's sermon and other elements from our virtual plenary session.. Opening Worship Mission Celebration Mary Did...

Bishop, UK Wesley Foundation denounce anti-Semitic attack

December 14, 2020
Bishop Leonard Fairley is joining the UK Wesley Foundation in denouncing an anti-Semitic attack near campus Saturday evening as Chabad of the Bluegrass lit a menorah on the third night of Hannukah. A member of Chabad of the ...

Monticello UMC’s Second Life reaches out to those on society’s margins

December 10, 2020
MONTICELLO, Kentucky – Standing in their backyard, Dennis and Stesha Flowers talk about their dream: A building that could serve as a permanent worship center where the Second Life ministry of Monticello UMC could meet for weekly ...

Annual Conference worship: Christ offers hope for a hurting world, Bishop Fairley says

December 08, 2020
The current state of the world is grim and at times can seem hopeless, but Bishop Leonard Fairley called on the people of the Kentucky Annual Conference to remember the hope of Jesus Christ’s coming offers. In a recorded message ...

Business meeting: Conference members OK anti-racism training plan

December 08, 2020
Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference wrestled with a proposal to require clergy and laity training to combat racism across the Conference, at one point tabling the motion before returning it to the floor and voting to proceed...

Virtual Annual Conference opens with laity, clergy sessions

December 06, 2020
The 2020 Annual Conference – broadcast virtually because of COVID-19 – began Sunday with a public laity session followed by a closed clergy session. John Denham, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s Lay Leader, was shown live from ...

Nathan Calvert joins Middletown UMC as youth minister

December 05, 2020
Nathan Calvert, Director of Kavanaugh Conference & Retreat Center and Associate Director of Ministry with Young People since 2016, has accepted a position as Director of Youth Ministries at Middletown UMC. His first day on the job...

UMC Bishops propose innovative ideas for future of the global denomination in face of anxieties, pandemic

November 05, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the midst of a pandemic, racial unrest, and denominational and political anxiety, the bishops of The United Methodist Church met in a virtual format for four days to focus on the leadership necessary to chart...

Lighthouse Academy Needs Your Vote!

November 04, 2020
(Sound familiar? And you thought the elections were over!)

Glory sighting: Greenup First UMC lends assistance after apartment fire

October 29, 2020
When fire broke out in a historic apartment building in Greenup, Kentucky, early on Oct. 13, the members at Greenup First UMC didn’t hesitate to step up to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.

Grants to help at-risk children in Louisville

October 07, 2020
Two grants totaling $20,000 will allow four United Methodist churches in struggling Louisville neighborhoods to provide food, education assistance and psychological counseling to at-risk children. The twin $10,000 grants from ...

Walk and worship for healing

October 04, 2020
More than 100 take part in downtown Louisville service

Prayer in the midst of sorrow

September 25, 2020
Louisville church stages vigil in wake of Breonna Taylor unrest

Building bridges and relationships

September 24, 2020
This is part of a series of testimonies that the SBC21 and Religion & Race teams invited people to share expressing their pain and hope, joy and tears, justice and accountability around the issue of race and reconciliation in ...

Pray for Peace in Louisville

September 23, 2020
We have waited for this day with a sense of hope and belief in justice. However, it goes without saying that fear and anxiety have also been part of our waiting for justice to show her face. With the announcement by the Attorney ...

Moving forward from here

September 23, 2020
The authors, Rev. Dr. John Hatton, superintendent of the Heartland District, which encompasses Louisville, KY, and Rev. Dr. Kathy Goodwin, pastor of two churches in Louisville, both share their thoughts on these historic and ...

Seeing things differently

September 22, 2020
This is part of a series of testimonies that the SBC21 and Religion & Race teams invited people to share expressing their pain and hope, joy and tears, justice and accountability around the issue of race and reconciliation in ...

Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn dies

August 31, 2020
Retired United Methodist Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn died last night (August 30, 2020) at home in Galveston, Texas, after a long battle with illness.    He was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference ...

A Request For Collective Prayer

August 21, 2020
This Sunday or next, I invite the people of Kentucky and Red Bird Missionary Conferences to join me during your Sunday morning worship hours in an intentional moment of reflective prayer, beginning with reciting together “The ...

AC 2020 Virtual meeting in December presents unique set of challenges

August 19, 2020
When clergy and lay members gather Dec. 6-8 for the 2020 Annual Conference, it will look and feel completely different from any past Annual Conference in Kentucky. That’s because this year’s gathering won’t be a physical ...

AC 2020 to be virtual event

August 18, 2020
Dear members and friends of the Kentucky Annual Conference, I pray that all of you are well and are experiencing the grace and glory of Jesus Christ, who is our living hope.   In postponing our Annual Conference from June until...

Bishop Yambasu dies in road accident in Sierra Leone

August 16, 2020
Bishop John K. Yambasu, the Resident Bishop of the Sierra Leone Area of The United Methodist Church, died in a road accident this morning (August 16, 2020) just outside Freetown in Sierra Leone. He was on his way to attend a ...

Do You See What I See: A dialogue on church and race

July 25, 2020
Webinar panel agrees: Still lots to be done in Kentucky   The Kentucky Annual Conference has begun having a long-overdue dialogue on race relations, but it will be a long-term process to see any lasting improvements. That was ...

A request concerning churches from Governor Andy Beshear

July 24, 2020
As the trajectory of COVID-19 cases has risen over the past 14 days, Gov. Andy Beshear has requested that all churches in Kentucky suspend in-person worship services for the next two Sundays — July 26 and Aug. 2.  This request ...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment Memorials

July 21, 2020
Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue the...

AC2020 - UMC Food Ministry Midweek Ministry Moment

June 30, 2020
Our theme for Annual Conference 2020 is to Know the Hope and Show the Hope. Since Annual Conference will now be in December, we will be in the middle of the season of Advent, longing for and anticipating Immanuel, the Hope of the ...

A Collective Prayer for Louisville

June 28, 2020
Another death at the hands of senseless violence. “How long Oh Lord.” “Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.” Please join me during your worship hour in a collective prayer.   Show me where love, peace, and justice are needed. Show ...

2020 -2021 Appointments

June 26, 2020
Bishop Leonard Fairley set the 2020 - 2021 clergy appointments for the Kentucky Annual Conference. Each District Superintendent reads the names of clergy that are going into new appointments in their districts. The video is below....

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

June 24, 2020
Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue the...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

June 17, 2020
Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue the...

UMC set to unveil ‘Dismantling Racism’ initiative

June 17, 2020
United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S., including in Louisville – ...

Glory sightings from our New Faith Communities

June 15, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 social distancing the past few months, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s New Church Development team has identified some glory sightings: Even in the midst of the storm, the church has left the church ...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

June 10, 2020
Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue the...

In wake of unrest, Conference planning series of events this summer

June 10, 2020
Representatives of the Kentucky Annual Conference’s Religion & Race and SBC21 teams are busy putting together a series of events to take place through September -- and beyond – in response to the civil unrest following the deaths ...

United Methodist Bishops: Act now to end racism and white supremacy

June 08, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the aftermath of police killings of unarmed Black people, the bishops of The United Methodist Church today called on all United Methodists to act now by using their voices, pens, feet and hearts to end ...

A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern Jurisdiction

June 05, 2020
June 5, 2020 Brothers and Sisters: As president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops my heart rejoices over the bold, courageous, and compassionate offering of confession, lament, and call to action by our white ...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

June 03, 2020
Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue the...

Do You See What I See? A Testimonial on Religion and Race

June 03, 2020
In light of recent events surrounding justice, accountability and race relations, Bishop Leonard Fairley asked the chairpersons of the conference SBC21 and Religion & Race teams to spearhead ongoing dialogue within the Kentucky ...

A Statement on the Recent Violence in the Kentucky Conference

May 30, 2020
“WHAT STARTED OUT AS A PEACEFUL PROTEST TURNED VIOLENT!”  “SEVEN SHOT IN LOUISVILLE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST BREONNA TAYLOR’S DEATH” “CHAOTIC MINNEAPOLIS PROTESTS SPREAD AMID EMOTIONAL CALLS FOR JUSTICE, PEACE” “PROTEST TURNS ...

Question and answer session with Bishop Fairley

May 27, 2020
Like most of us, Bishop Leonard Fairley has been mostly sheltering at the bishop’s residence since the COVID-19 quarantines began in March. He recently met via Zoom with Cathy Bruce and Alan Wild, of the Kentucky Annual Conference...

SEJ Announces Episcopal Supervision Plan

May 27, 2020
The following announcement comes from Bishop Leonard Fairley President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops The Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) College of Bishops announces the plan for episcopal supervision for ...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

May 26, 2020
\Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue ...

Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference; will explore new uses of technology

May 26, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.: The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place...

UMC Bishops announce dates for postponed 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences

May 26, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The Council of Bishops (COB) has announced new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jurisdictional Conferences in the ...

Mid-Week Ministry Moment

May 20, 2020
Annual Conference is a highly anticipated time of gathering together with colleagues and dear friends.  Within us resides a deep longing for this time where we gather together to worship, celebrate, remember, pray and continue the...

Wesley Manor, Wesley Village succeeding against COVID-19

May 13, 2020
As impacted as we’ve all been by COVID-19, imagine having the responsibility of keeping hundreds of seniors – by far the virus’ most vulnerable group – safe and healthy. That’s what has been consuming the staffs at Louisville’s ...

Our Moral Obligation

May 09, 2020
Yesterday, a federal court judge ruled that churches may hold in-person services beginning this Sunday. The ruling essentially nullifies Gov. Beshear’s order that churches be closed until May 20th. In response to the questions ...

Children’s Homes ‘fifth Sunday’ collection delayed

May 09, 2020
Because of concerns about COVID-19 disruptions with church services, the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes “fifth Sunday” offering scheduled for May 31 has been postponed until June 28. Clergy and individual constituents...

Guidelines for re-entry to in-person worship

May 07, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Let me first commend you for your patience and faithfulness during this difficult and painful season of COVID-19. As shepherds of God’s flock, you have been diligent in proclaiming the Word ...

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