West Ohio Annual Conference

Local Church
The Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, accused of sexual misconduct and abuse, reached a resolution with the West Ohio Conference in which he retired under complaint. Young United Methodist clergywomen have circulated an open letter asking the judicial process be reopened. Photo courtesy of the Religion Communicators Council.

Conference urged to reopen misconduct case

Hundreds have signed letters calling a resolution unjust because it did not include the four women who accused a clergyman of harassment and abuse.
Local Church
The Rev. Bud Heckman. Photo courtesy of the Religion Communicators Council.

Clergyman retires ‘under complaint’ of abuse

The Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman, who is prominent in interfaith circles, faced formal accusations from four women of sexual misconduct and abuse.
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.

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