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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....

Commission on a Way Forward Convenes in Atlanta

March 01, 2017
The second meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward got underway in Atlanta February 27, as commission members spent time in reflection, discussion and work team meetings. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball led the Commission in ...

God's Nevertheless, A Message from Bishop Fairley

February 21, 2017
"The thirst for God is a deep and mysterious thing, which we often try to quench by searching in far-flung places. Ultimately, though, spiritual refreshment is found close to home, in the wellsprings of our own being."  -Sue Monk ...

2016 AC Journal Available for Download or Purchase

February 17, 2017
The 2016 Kentucky Annual Conference Journal is now complete and available to download or purchase.  Here is the completed Journal. If you would like to order a print version of the 2016 Journal, click here. The cost for each book...

Holy Conversations Around Human Sexuality

February 05, 2017
At the 2016 General Conference the body asked our Council of Bishops to lead in a new way that would help us move beyond our impasse over the issues of human sexuality. As part of the next steps the Council of Bishops has named ...

Jerusalem Pilgrimage with Bishop Fairley

February 01, 2017
We met in a modern airport in New Jersey by what appeared to be coincidence, all headed toward the same destination. I couldn't help but rejoice in seeing faces and sharing hugs with people who have shaped who I am, but I am now ...

Kentucky One of Twenty-Seven Annual Conferences to Give 100% of Their General Church Apportionments

January 31, 2017
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), working with the 56 annual conferences in the United States, reports that twenty-seven annual conferences have paid 100% of their 2016 apportionments to the seven general ...

North Carolina Mission Trip

January 30, 2017
Greetings, As most of you know by now, this past September I left North Carolina to call the beautiful state of Kentucky my home. I would like to thank everyone for your warm welcome. A few days before I arrived, Hurricane ...

Commission on a Way Forward Holds Organizational Meeting

January 27, 2017
The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia January 23-26, 2017, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance. Led by commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and ...

Update from the Commission on a Way Forward

January 27, 2017
The United Methodist group charged with bridging divisions around homosexuality spent its first meeting mainly getting to know and trust each other but also took first steps toward possible outcomes. The Commission on a Way ...

Faith, Fun and Friendship shared at Winter Blitz 2017

January 25, 2017
From Friday, January 20th  to Sunday, January 22nd over 1500 youth and youth leaders came together at Broadbent Arena in Louisville, KY to celebrate Christ at Winter Blitz 2017. On Friday, the atmosphere was electric as vans full ...

Church Leaders and Advocates Gather to Pray and Advocate for Kentucky Workers

January 09, 2017
The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting a Prayer in Action Day focused on workers’ rights at the State Capitol Annex this Tuesday, January 10th, 9:30 am. Following last week’s General Assembly actions, those gathered will ...

KY Conference to Travel to NC to Assist in Hurricane Recovery

January 05, 2017
Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference have a wonderful opportunity to assist the people of Lumberton, North Carolina who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.  Bishop Leonard Fairley is asking for as many ...

A Message for Epiphany

January 01, 2017
Recently during the Christmas season when I traveled from Kentucky to North Carolina, I started driving early in the morning while it was still dark.  I departed at 4:30 a.m.  The sky was pitch dark and for many miles it appeared ...

Courier-Journal Highlights Red Bird Mission

December 23, 2016
The Courier-Journal highlights Red Bird Mission which serves eastern Kentucky. Read story here.

Christmas is Coming!

December 14, 2016
Christmas is coming and I'm pretty excited about it. I remember one of my first times singing at church. It was not the very first time, so I wasn't in the angel choir. It was more like the cherub choir, so I was a little bit ...

Watching, Waiting, Preparing!

November 26, 2016
Advent, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, is “the coming or arrival, especially of something awaited or momentous.” Advent is the season to watch and wait ‒ expectantly, joyfully. It is also the time to make ready ...

#Giving Tuesdy

November 17, 2016
In this season of giving gifts to family and friends, Giving Tuesday affords us an opportunity to help those we may not even know and make a difference in their lives. Giving Tuesday, a charitable response to “Black Friday” ...

Bishop Fairley Meets with College Presidents

November 16, 2016
Wednesday, November 6, Bishop Leonard Fairley met with the presidents of the three United Methodist colleges in Kentucky. Pictured Left to Right are: Dr. Bart Darrell, Kentucky Wesleyan; Bishop Leonard Fairley; Dr. Marcia Hawkins,...

Election Response from Bishop Fairley

November 11, 2016
Brothers and sisters in Christ; like many of you, I continue to reflect and pray deeply for our nation and world in this time of political transition. In these prayers the words of the prophet Micah stir in my spirit; “He has ...

Cuba Sends Thanks

November 10, 2016
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew many  families in Cuba lost everything and were in great need of the basic supplies of every day living. Cathy Mejia of Mosaic UMC travelled to the island of Cuba with a group of women from ...

Council of Bishops President Offers Post-election Congratulations and Prayers

November 09, 2016
In a congratulatory letter to President-elect Donald Trump on behalf of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, Council president Bishop Bruce R. Ough sent a prayer and a plea for the nation to come together. “We ...

Local Ministry to Be Featured on National Television

November 04, 2016
The Table Café, a ministry of the United Methodist Church of the Promise, will receive national attention when Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri stops in for lunch.  On his Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Chef Fieri takes ...

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