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Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward’s work

November 09, 2017
Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality - all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist ...

New church start, The Source, reaches out to ‘de-churched’

November 02, 2017
After Bishop Leonard Fairley and Rev. Eric Bryant, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s director of New Church Development, attended a service at The Source in Lexington on Oct. 1, they stopped for lunch at a nearby restaurant. It ...

Ministry Ideas with and for Older Adults

November 01, 2017
Our churches are graying!  As a result of better health care, nutrition, job safety, physical fitness, and medical technology, more people are living longer than ever before. As a result, many of our congregations are enjoying the...

Commission on a Way Forward working on interim report to bishops

October 31, 2017
The Commission on a Way Forward, which is working to find unity for The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality, began its sixth meeting on October 30, 2017, with a devotion that challenged the members to be as one in ...

Conference Pastors Gather to Hear About How to Live Extraordinarily

October 18, 2017
 – and better serve their congregants   By Alan Wild   Clergy spouse Sue Brunk was teasingly blunt about why she wanted to attend the HC3 Extraordinary Living Academy this week in Crestwood. “He doesn’t know anything about ...

Regional Meeting Video Available

October 13, 2017
A video of Bishop Leonard Fairley’s recent regional meeting in Elizabethtown is available. The series of five meetings held in different locations around Kentucky in late September and early October was called Ordinary People, ...

United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’

October 05, 2017
United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military. In statement ...

A church for children

October 01, 2017
The new Grace Kids is making a difference in one of Louisville’s most desperate neighborhoods

Commission starts to sketch options for the way forward

September 21, 2017
The Commission on a Way Forward has started sketching models to share with the Council of Bishops as options for finding a way forward for The United Methodist Church (UMC) regarding human sexuality.   During the meeting in ...

Advent outreach resources available for local churches

September 19, 2017
New resources that support local church Advent outreach efforts are now available. The resources carry the theme, “Unwrap the true meaning of Christmas,” and complement The United Methodist Church’s national Advent advertising ...

Nine KAC districts now have their own websites

September 18, 2017
Each of the nine districts in the Kentucky Annual Conference now has its own website in an effort to make it easier for users to find relevant news and information. “We felt each district needed their own identity,” Cathy Bruce, ...

Commission on a Way Forward prepares for critical meeting in Berlin

September 12, 2017
As the Commission on a Way Forward prepares for its next meeting, the moderators are asking all United Methodists to continue to pray for the Commission members as they work to discern options for a way forward for The United ...

Scam Alert

September 06, 2017
Please be aware that there is an email circulating that appears to be from Bishop Fairley. The email uses his header and asks for money for a church member. This email is a scam. The only time the conference or Bishop Fairley ...

Council of Bishops Appeals for Prayers and Disaster Relief Support

September 01, 2017
Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce R. Ough is urging all United Methodists to pray and offer support to the victims of the flooding in the Gulf Coast and the mudslides in Sierra Leone. In his letter issued today, Bishop ...

Bishop Fairley Reflects On His First Year in Kentucky

August 31, 2017
Bishop Leonard Fairley began serving as the Episcopal leader of the Kentucky Conference on Sept. 1, 2016. Recently he sat down for a question-and-answer session with Alan Wild, of the conference office, to talk about his first ...

How to Help Disaster Relief Efforts

August 31, 2017
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams in Louisiana and Texas to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by ...

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

August 28, 2017
As we watch the disaster of Hurricane Harvey unfold in south Texas, we can start our efforts to be part of the relief and recovery efforts. This disaster is still in the emergency phase with people being rescued and sheltered as ...

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Teams

August 28, 2017
Bishop Fairley will be speaking at five regional meetings on building leadership through team work and how to create better and more effective teams.  This is a great opportunity for your church ministry teams to attend. Choose ...

Rachel's Fun For Everyone Playground

August 22, 2017
Thanks to Rachel Ritchie's amazing dedication and the support of the community and her church, Vine Grove UMC, Rachel's vision of a playground that can be used by children with all levels of abilities has come to fruition. Five ...

UMC Bishops: Stand up against racism and white supremacy

August 22, 2017
Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce R. Ough has challenged United Methodists and all peoples of faith to be bold in the witness against racism and white supremacy, which he described as repugnant and against the Christian ...

Bishop Fairley, Kentucky Conference Aim to Make Response to Disasters More Intentional, Effective

August 16, 2017
It’s no secret that Bishop Leonard Fairley is passionate about the church’s response to natural disasters. And Jim Morse is more than happy to sing from the bishop’s hymn book. Morse, the Kentucky Conference’s disaster response ...

Churches Seek Ways to Share God’s Glory During Eclipse

August 15, 2017
The moon will be blocking the sun for a few brief minutes Aug. 21, but that’s when the spotlight will shine brightly on the Pennyrile District, particularly Hopkinsville – ground zero for the total solar eclipse. UMC churches in ...

Church Beyond_August 12, 2017

August 14, 2017
Photos from Church Beyond, a workshop for anyone who wants to make a difference in the church and beyond!

When Words Are Not Enough

August 13, 2017
My soul grows weary with the need to write yet another word when words are never enough. Like many of you these are times when I feel helpless. The only thing that my soul appears to be able to say in the midst of its weeping is, ...

2017 Extended Cabinet Retreat

August 03, 2017
Last week Bishop Fairley and extended cabinet ventured off to Buckhorn Lake State Park to work, pray, vision and plan.  In that beautiful place, without mobile phone or data services and very dodgy internet service, we were able ...

Serbia Mission Trip Prayer Calendar

July 28, 2017
Friday, July 28th eight members of the Kentucky Annual Conference embarked on a mission trip to Belgrade, Serbia. While there, the team will worship with the Serbian church, will  lead a summer camp and also do training around ...

Commission on a Way Forward Issues Status Report

July 27, 2017
The Commission on a Way Forward has released a status report to the Council of Bishops and the entire United Methodist Church (UMC), updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings. ...

Worship and Music Director Sought for 2020 General Conference

July 25, 2017
The Commission on the General Conference is seeking a worship and music director responsible for the overall worship and music program management of The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference. The denomination’s top ...

Flooding in the Northern KY District

July 24, 2017
Due to flooding in Augusta, KY over the weekend there is a  need for flood buckets and some volunteer teams to assist in cleanup of homes. Most of the flooding has been limited to basements and first floors. Thankfully only a few ...

Mission Opportunities Around Red Bird Missionary Conference

July 21, 2017
Rev. Jim Savage has a wonderful opportunity for any teams interested in doing some mission work in the Red Bird Missionary Conference.  The projects listed below are ready for volunteers to come and help right away: Bathroom ...

Local Church Marks 1 Million Gallons of Clean Water

July 17, 2017
Elizabethtown Memorial UMC celebrates 1 million gallons of clean water produced by the systems the helped install. Read more...

The Table wins Best of Louisville Award

July 13, 2017
Congratulations to The Table, a ministry of the United Methodist Church of the Promise.  The Table won the Best of Louisville award for Best West End restaurant! Don and Sharon Adams accepted the award at the Best of Louisville ...

2017 Appointment List

June 14, 2017
2017 Appointment List

Annual Conference Recap - Wednesday, June 14

June 14, 2017
Bible Study: The Body of Christ Rev. John Edgar led the morning Bible Study, with a message of loving your neighbor and being the Body of Christ.   Worshipful Work Morning Session Morning Plenary began with voting on five ...

Annual Conference Recap - Tuesday, June 13

June 13, 2017
TUESDAY Worshipful Work The morning began with worship music and an inspiring bible study on the Divine Economy of Abundance led by Rev. John Edgar. The plenary session began with Bishop Fairley issuing the call to order, and the ...

Annual Conference Recap - Monday, June 12

June 12, 2017
MONDAY   Clergy and lay members of conference met in separate sessions this morning in preparation for the work of Annual Conference. Patty Grout gave a wonderful devotional in the laity session on the bible story of Jabez and ...

Annual Conference Recap - Sunday, June 11

June 11, 2017
Archives & History Seminar Dr. John Hardin and Dr. Selena Sanderforer of Western Kentucky University gave a presentation on African Methodist Episcopal (AME) history, including background on Bishop Henry McNeil Turner and the ...

Bishops Ask President Trump to Reconsider Decision to Withdraw U.S. From Climate Accord

June 02, 2017
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. In a statement released today, COB President ...

Bishop Leonard Fairley's Statement on Judicial Council's Ruling

April 29, 2017
Greetings to the people called United Methodist in Kentucky. Like many of you I have waited in a deep attitude of prayer for The Judicial Council's decision.  In my prayers I have depended on the Holy Spirit to grant me a ...

Judicial Council Rules Consecration of Gay Bishop Against Church Law

April 28, 2017
Read the full ruling here. The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled. However, the bishop “remains in good standing,” the Judicial Council said in Decision 1341, ...

The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost

April 27, 2017
The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost Message from the moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward

Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

April 25, 2017
The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough ...

2017 Pre-Conference Report Book Now Available

April 20, 2017
The Pre-conference Report Book is now ready for you to download or purchase. In the book you will find information about our conference session as well as reports from ministries in the conference. The Council on Finance and ...

Q & A about the Judicial Council

April 19, 2017
Many in the church are anticipating the upcoming Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction’s recent election of a married lesbian bishop, Bishop Karen Oliveto. Some are hopeful that the Judicial Council will rule the ...

Council of Bishop's Judicial Council Statement

April 18, 2017
The Council of Bishops says pray, don't be afraid as Judicial Council weighs decision. The council issued a statement regarding the upcoming decision on the episcopal election in the Western Jurisdiction.  Council of Bishops ...

While It Was Still Dark

April 13, 2017
“Early on the first day of the week while it was still dark ...”   (John 20:1) “While it was still dark,” Mary stumbles in the darkness of not yet day through tears of pain, anxiety, fear, and heartache. The one who’d loved and ...

Mission of Mercy: Kentucky Annual Conference’s Trip to North Carolina Inspires Residents … and Participants

April 05, 2017
Alice Baldwin looked into the camera and smiled. That smile reflected a mix of emotions: gratitude, relief, thankfulness. “God blessed me with a blessing and a miracle,” the resident of Lumberton said, referring to the volunteers...

KY Conference Delivers Supplies to North Carolina

April 03, 2017
When disaster knocks, the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church stands ready to answer. In conjunction with Bishop Leonard Fairley’s mission trip to the Lumberton, North Carolina, area in late March to help ...

The Future of our Faith

March 10, 2017
Heartland District clergy, lay leaders look to revitalize ministry to children, reach out to a hurting community

Nearly 100 from Kentucky Annual Conference prepare for mission trip to storm-ravaged Lumberton, North Carolina

March 09, 2017
Nearly 100 people have signed up to take part in Bishop Leonard Fairley’s hurricane disaster relief mission to North Carolina at the end of March, according to the Rev. Randy Maynard of Christ United Methodist Church in Lexington....

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