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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 ...

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 ...

2021 HealthFlex Exchange & Annual Election

August 19, 2020
Welcome to HealthFlex Exchange The mission of the Conference Board of Pensions has always been clear: to serve those who serve in the Kentucky Conference. To that end, in January 2020 we began a partnership with Wespath and ...

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 ...

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President

May 05, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area has made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to be president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.  She is also the first woman of ...

Kavanaugh suspends operations

May 03, 2020
The 145-year-old Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center is suspending operations, effective immediately in response to short-term and long-term financial challenges. The recommendation from William Moore, Director of ...

Summer camps canceled because of COVID-19

May 01, 2020
Loucon Training & Retreat Center and  Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center have been forced to cancel their 2020 traditional summer camping seasons because of continued social distancing in response to COVID-19. In addition, Mission ...

12 UK Wesley students in quarantine after COVID-19 case

April 30, 2020
A female resident of the University of Kentucky Wesley Foundation has tested positive for COVID-19, and a dozen students in the dormitory are in quarantine for 14 days, according to staff and Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez, Lexington ...

UMC Bishops to meet in virtual gathering; welcome new leaders

April 27, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will gather in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1 to celebrate new leadership and to discuss plans for episcopal supervision brought on by the disruptions and ...

Annual Conference postponed until December

April 23, 2020
Because of the ongoing impact of COVID 19 on our communities, churches and world, the 2020 Annual Conference session, scheduled for June 7-10, will be postponed until Dec. 8-9. The 2020 Annual Conference still will meet at the ...

Work of the Missional Priorities Team

April 22, 2020
Mission The Missional Priorities Planning Team is a task team formed in late 2019 to help leaders  focus on clear priorities and align  resources to help the Kentucky Annual Conference carry out its mission. The Team was formed ...

Davidson Memorial’s ‘Little Pantry’ still meeting needs

April 21, 2020
Davidson Memorial UMC in Shepherdsville is operating its "Little Pantry" differently these last couple of months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pantry has been operating for two years now serving the community once a month...

Tentative General Conference dates publicized

April 21, 2020
By Heather Hahn April 21, 2020 | UM News After the pandemic-caused postponement, the new prospective dates for The United Methodist Church’s General Conference are Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2021. The Council of Bishops disclosed the ...

Ministry alive and well for university, college students

April 20, 2020
As the cancellations of in-person learning took effect across all levels of public and private education, our Kentucky Annual Conference extension ministries that serve on college and university campuses adapted in how they could ...

In Easter Message, Bishops urge Christians not to despair in midst of global pandemic

April 09, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church Bishop Kenneth H.  Carter has urged Christians to rely on the power of Easter to overcome the forces of death, division, darkness, and despair ...

Amid pandemic concerns, Simpsonville UMC seamstresses step up

April 08, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the demand for homemade masks suddenly exploded, the seamstresses at Simpsonville UMC sprang into action. The group, called Hartz to Hearts Quilters, is made up of about seven women, and has ...

SEJ Conference Postponed Until 2021

April 07, 2020
Grace and peace to each of you in this most unusual of Holy Weeks for all of us. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of General Conference until 2021, the decision has been made to also postpone all 2020 U.S. ...

Appointive Process Moves Forward

April 04, 2020
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   It goes without saying that our work and lives have been turned upside down. As it has been said over and over again, we have moved, and will continue to move, into a “new normal.” This makes it ...

Refugee fund grants now available

April 03, 2020
A digital application form for churches to apply to grants for refugee communities is now available on the Kentucky Annual Conference and New Church Development websites. The funds were collected in 2019, at Annual Conference in ...

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