West Virginia Annual Conference

Social Concerns
A train loaded with coal sits on the tracks inside the now-bankrupt mining company Blackjewel's former Black Mountain mining complex. United Methodist churches have stepped up to offer food, school supplies and help with utility bills to out-of-work miners. Photo by Charles Mostoller/Reuters photo

Churches step up to help unemployed miners

After the sudden bankruptcy of the Blackjewel mining company last month, United Methodists are helping with food, utility bills, school supplies and information.
Evangelism
Wayne Worth (right) embraces Roger outside his home in Fisher, W.Va. Worth, a member of United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg, was passing out flyers containing information about local resources for anyone struggling with addiction, when he met Roger.

Outreach ministry for addiction is simple, effective

For the cost of a ream of paper and some printer ink, a United Methodist layperson in West Virginia is confronting his state’s opioid epidemic one door at a time.
General Church
The Rev. Forbes Matonga. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Traditional plans keep status quo

Two traditional plans appeal to United Methodists who wish to continue to restrict the role of gay people in the church.
General Conference
Video image of Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, courtesy of the West Virginia Conference.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Steiner Ball

West Virginia Conference’s Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball talks about the Way Forward process and offers brief overviews of the three plans being considered by the 2019 special General Conference.

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