Coming in January: The Ohio Confer­ence Winter Read. This winter Ohio Conference is trying something new, a Conference-wide book study offered via Zoom. This year we will be discussing Latasha Morrison’s book Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Recon­ciliation.

Discussion leaders will be Pastor Vikki Pruitte-Sorrells of Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland and Pastor Kevin Himes of Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron. These pastors led their congregations in a joint study of the book last winter.

The discussion will take place from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on five Thursdays — Jan. 6, 13, and 20, and Feb. 3 and 17. The book is available as a paperback or on Kindle on the Amazon website:

To register for these online discussions, go to

Vikki Pruitte-Sorrells and Kevin Himes have previously talked about the process of jointly studying Be the Bridge with their congregations during a webinar hosted by Ann Jacobs of Mennonite Mission Network. If you would like to view a recording of that webinar, titled “Speak the Truth in Love,” go to