The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of nearly 400 churches, which serve over 80,000 members in 16 counties. Led by Bishop John Schol, the Conference’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Delegates Eager to Collaborate with Incoming Bishop Moore-Koikoi  

After the new episcopal areas were announced, EPA and GNJ sat down together to discuss their hopes and dreams for future collaboration and for their incoming episcopal leader. “We were dating, now we’re married!” laughed delegates from EPA and GNJ ...

Jurisdictional Conference Repents of Systemic Racism

Delegates explore history of structural racism in the Methodist Church In the space where episcopal elections would have taken place, delegates gathered for a holy conversation about race and the way that structural and systemic racism colors both our past ...

EPA&GNJ Ahead of the Curve with Collaboration and MOUs

On Wednesday of the 2024 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, delegates voted to reduce the number of episcopal areas from nine to six. The new episcopal areas have yet to be officially named. The newly formed episcopal areas are: This reorganization does ...

Wrestling with Hope: NEJ Begins with Memorial Service and Communion

The first day of legislative work at the 2024 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Pittsburgh commenced with a solemn service of remembrance and communion, setting a reflective tone for the days ahead. The service honored the late bishops William Boyd Grove ...

Youth Representatives from EPA & GNJ Overflow with Excitement and Hope for Jurisdictional Conference  

Three youth from GNJ and EPA have traveled to Pittsburgh to bear witness to the conference and share the perspective of the young disciples of the UMC. They joined others from across the jurisdiction to form a group of 20 ...

Angela Overstreet of UMCOR to teach ERT Training at Laity Academy August 2-3

When disaster strikes, early response teams can make all the difference. Angela Overstreet, a manager for the UMCOR United States Disaster Response Training Program, is coming to Eastern Pennsylvania to teach us how to help those impacted by disaster. When ...

Thank you, John Coleman, for telling our stories

John Coleman will retire from his journalistic journey on the EPA&GNJ staff June 30 and step into something new. As we reflect on his nearly 11 years of service, we want to say thank you, John, for all that you have done ...

Doing small things with great love

Shores of Grace Philadelphia “Not all of us can do great things,” said Mother Teresa, “but we can do small things with great love.”  With vastly increased funding and policing, Philadelphia’s new mayor is beginning to do great things in ...

Beth Stroud returns to FUMCOG a reinstated Elder

‘We Don’t Know How’ Thanks to her reinstatement by clergy members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference May 21, the Rev. Dr. Irene Elizabeth “Beth” Stroud can preach and serve Holy Communion as an Elder again. She did so for the ...