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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 ...

AC2021 to be held online

February 19, 2021
Dear members and friends of the Kentucky Annual Conference, I pray that all of you are well and are coming to know the unmeasurable love of Jesus Christ during this Lenten season.   Bishop Fairley, with the AC Program and ...

MISSIONAL PRIORITIES: Conference plans comprehensive assessment of teams, affiliates

February 18, 2021
The Kentucky Annual Conference is launching an ambitious project to assess all its teams and affiliates to make sure they align in the most effective way to help the Conference meet its goal of developing leaders to make ...

Kentucky delegates briefed on UMC bishops’ Episcopal Fund

February 16, 2021
Kentucky delegates to General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference were part of a meeting held via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 13, to update U.S. delegates on financial-related issues, including the fund that pays for bishops and ...

$3,000 from Merrick Fund warms UMC congregation in Serbia

February 09, 2021
The close relationship between the Kentucky Annual Conference and the UMC’s smattering of churches in Serbia is warming the hearts – and everything else – of one small congregation in the Serbian city of Šid. A $3,000 gift from ...

2021 Cabinet Appointments

February 08, 2021
As the Bishop of the Kentucky Annual Conference, one of my greatest responsibilities is overseeing the pastoral needs of congregations through our United Methodist system of itinerancy.  A large part of attending to the needs of ...

UMC Bishops to meet in one-day session on February 18

January 28, 2021
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will have a one-day virtual meeting of the more than 150 active and retired bishops on February 18, 2021 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.   The use of technology and the travel ...

A Statement from the KY Conference Cabinet and Bishop Leonard Fairley for Inauguration Day

January 18, 2021
In the days following the incident at our Nation’s Capitol, Bishop Leonard Fairley issued a statement reminding us of the narrative to which we are called as passionate spiritual disciples of Jesus Christ.  The narrative comes to ...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Statement

January 15, 2021
“But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”    - I Corinthians 12:31 “So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists ...

A Call to Action for The United Methodist Church in Times of Challenge

January 15, 2021
Grace and Peace to you, Sisters and Brothers in Christ.  These are challenging times that we live in. The continued rise of COVID-19 infections and deaths around the world, the attack on the US Capitol last week, and the ...

Remember The Narrative

January 08, 2021
This is a statement Bishop Fairley shared with the clergy and laity of the Kentucky Conference after the Capitol insurrection. I have read countless statements and watched the media analysis of what happened in Washington, D.C., ...

Imagine Kentucky Methodism

January 06, 2021
During the 2020 Kentucky Annual Conference it was announced that Imagine Kentucky Methodism would be releasing information about the mission and goals of the group. Here is a link to the first two videos released by the ...

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

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