The Contact is committed to keeping the Oklahoma Conference informed regarding news that affects United Methodists in Oklahoma. For that reason, we are sending out a corrected copy of the June 2019 issue of the Contact, which contained errors related to the health and benefits that were passed at Annual Conference. We apologize for the incorrect information and have corrected the errors, both in the newspaper and on our website.

2019 Episcopal Address

Living hope requires preparation on our part. In chapter 1, verse 13, Peter writes, “Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:13 CEB). There are two prerequisites for living hope. First, our minds have to be ready for action. People or churches that fail to take action are usually stuck or dying.


Annual Conference elects delegates, approves changes to health benefits

With minimal discussion and a show of hands, the Oklahoma Annual Conference voted to pass two major changes to clergy and staff benefits: recalculating a retiree subsidy according to years served and adopting a group health insurance plan.


Oklahoma Conference Clergy class of 2019

Photos of those Ordained, Commissioned, recognized as Associate member, and the 2019 Cabinet.


Missions, data, and listening to youth; a casual conversation with Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker

Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker is the executive director for the Global Mission Connections Unit at Global Ministries. She sat down for a brief interview on May 28 after her first presentation to the Oklahoma Annual Conference. Questions and responses have been edited here for length and clarity.


Full Appointments as of June 11, 2019

Starting this year, the effective date for new appointments has changed from June 1 to July 1. The appointment list is accurate as of June 11. New appointments are still being made at this time. Changes announced by the Cabinet after June 11 will be reflected in a final appointment list that will be published in July.


Mission and Ministry: Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference is one of three missionary conferences in the United States and has been established for 175 years.


OKUMC Briefs and Events


Native Methodist Study Guide Now Available
OIMC: The Giving of Ourselves
OCU Expands Nursing Program to Lawton


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