West Ohio Annual Conference

Local Church
The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church, including its judicial process. A United Methodist clergyman who is prominent in interfaith work is facing that process after four women accused him of sexual misconduct. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Clergyman accused of sexual misconduct, abuse

The West Ohio Conference confirmed that the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman faces the strong likelihood of a church trial.
Evangelism
The Rev. James Konsor reads to children during a Christmas season event at the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry in Watford City, N.D. The ministry provides clothing, household items, furniture and more to needy families at a nominal price. Photo courtesy the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry.

Denman Award winners stand out as evangelists

A unique man, the late Harry Denman still inspires others pursuing their own paths to the goal of converting people to Jesus Christ, some of whom are presented with The Harry Denman Evangelism Award. Part one of a two-part series.
Social Concerns
Amber Ruiz and Jazmyn Blake embrace during a vigil a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 4. Photo by Callaghan O'Hare, Reuters.

Mass shootings prompt prayer, action

United Methodists across the U.S. lamented, prayed and planned for action in the wake of two mass shootings.
General Church
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer urges fellow bishops to support asking General Conference to approve full communion with the Episcopal Church. Palmer, who leads the West Ohio Conference, is co-chair of the United Methodist-Episcopal dialogue committee. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops move toward Episcopal Church accord

Bishops are asking the 2020 General Conference to approve a full-communion agreement with The Episcopal Church.

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