On Oct. 2-4 the UMC's Northeastern Jurisdiction Vision Table will sponsor the Conference on Transformational Leadership, a ground-breaking learning adventure for emerging leaders, at the Hershey Lodge, in Hershey, Pa. With the theme "See, Know, Love," this innovative, resource-rich training opportunity will alter the way you think about leadership and living out your faith in churches and communities. Possibilities abound. 

A small but sturdy contingent of United Methodists gathered at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg Wednesday, June 24, to help persuade legislators to increase and apportion more fairly the state's inadequate funding for public education. While some came Saturday, June 20, for an interfaith prayer service to begin a 10-day public fast as a witness for education justice, others came to the mid-week rally to participate in worship, dialogue, more prayer and visits to legislators' offices.

"Power Up: Living in the Spirit!" That's the 2015 Summer Camp theme at our four conference-owned, high-energy Camp and Retreat Centers, as they power up their virtual engines and launch an exciting new, fun-filled season. For roughly six weeks children and youth of all ages will elevate their bodies, minds, spirits and talents through an amazing range of uplifting activities--from swinging on ropes through trees, to scaling rock-climbing walls, to raising their voices in song and their hearts in prayer during daily devotions. 

If the young assailant who allegedly killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Charleston, S.C., on June 17 wanted to start a "race war," as he reportedly wrote, then he should be disappointed, because his heinous act seems to have had the opposite effect. Indeed, there seems to be a race to peace through solace and solidarity happening across America in multi-racial gatherings to honor and mourn Emanuel's victims.

One of those gatherings was at Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia Thursday, July 18, when United Methodists sang, prayed and witnessed with hundreds of other people of many faiths at a 90-minute prayer vigil. It was the night after the brutal massacre, and the names of Emanuel's fallen pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and his eight members were read aloud. Pinckney, a popular South Carolina state senator, will be buried Friday, June 26, and eulogized by President Barack Obama.

United Methodist congregations are being invited to share stories about how they are "making disciples for the transformation of the world" by offering the H.O.P.E of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.

The UMC's Discipleship Ministries agency developed the acronym H.O.P.E. as a reminder of the steps in disciple-making. It is posting submitted stories to celebrate how individuals and congregations make disciples on a new Website, UMCHOPE.org. (View the dramatic video of one church's story of hope, found on this Webpage.)

Read UM News Service's story, titled "Mourning for Charleston, then praying for action." It reports numerous United Methodist expressions of sorrow, determination and hope responding to the racially motivated June 17 massacre of nine church members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston,S.C.  Three Eastern PA Conference pastors are quoted. Then read our own story that features compelling, insightful comments, capturing a range of emotions and perspectives, from sermons preached Sunday, June 21, by a dozen clergy in our conference.

In response to the tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, United Methodist Communications will send a message of healing, hope and peace from The United Methodist Church to encourage the people of Charleston, S.C. and the A.M.E. Church.  A full-page color ad will appear in the Charleston Post and Courier Sunday, June 21, conveying a simple, straightforward message: "Our neighbors. Our hearts. Our thoughts. Our prayers." The ad calls for communities to join together in support of the victims and their families and asks readers to share their prayers on the denomination's Facebook page. (See the ad here.) 

'Tis the season of transition, as many pastors bid farewell to churches they have led, and prepare to move on to new appointments. For some "parting is such sweet sorrow" (as Romeo lamented to fair Juliet), and some faces and familiarities will be missed. But many pastors and churches look forward to new challenges and new opportunities to evolve and stretch their ministry muscles in new directions.

While the pastor's farewell sermon is significant, a farewell letter to the congregation, often contained in the church newsletter, can have a wider and more lasting impact, especially if the writer, like the Apostle Paul, "speaks the truth in love.” The Rev. Thomas Brooks did just that in his recent farewell letter to the congregation of Frankford Memorial UMC in Philadelphia.

Welcome to the Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church

Welcome! The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of about 465 churches, which serve nearly 125,000 members in 16 counties. Led by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, the Conference's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Today, this mission is the focus of the conference’s 465 churches, congregations which speak to diverse and multi-generational populations in the many cities, towns, and rural areas throughout our area. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and its sister Peninsula/Delaware Conference together compose the Philadelphia Area, with nearly 1,000 churches served by Bishop Peggy Johnson.

If you are a clergy person or member of one of our 465 churches, we invite you to explore this website for resources and information to support you in your effort to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a welcoming faith family, we invite you to visit a United Methodist Church in your community: www.find-a-church.org.

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Office: 980 Madison Ave., Norristown, PA 19403; telephone 610-666-9090; fax 610-666-9093.

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