News

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

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 ...

Page 1 of 27 1 2 3 4 5 ... 27 next