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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From a nudge, Leap of Faith praise band takes flight

“Right before the beginning of Covid shutdowns a small group of young adults who love music were nudged to begin a praise band.”  That’s how the Rev. Jean Howe, former ...

Body and Soul: The Trauma of Domestic Violence

During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October the Eastern PA Conference Domestic Violence Committee will explore the physical, emotional and social impacts of trauma related to domestic violence. The ...

District to donate $20,000 to Ukrainian relief, resettlement, Aug. 1

The North District keeps showing its support for the beleaguered people of war-ravaged Ukraine. The district donated $5,000 in March to the Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church in Shamokin, then more ...

Project Restoration to host 4 CCYM Youth Days of Service

The EPA Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) will sponsor four Youth Days of Service in each of our four districts this fall, engaging youth in volunteer disaster recovery work with EPA’s Project Restoration...

Connectional Table learns about EPA goals, plans, progress

EPA’s Connectional Table, a gathering of staff and elected chairpersons of various conference committees, met July 12 via Zoom to hear and respond to reported plans and updates on major ...

Planting a church outdoors and on the move

The Rail Trail Church, sponsored by Hope UMC in Ephrata, is a church outstanding in its field…or rather, in its meadow. That’s where members, friends and neighbors take a short ...

Latino Commission celebrates faith, family at Camp and Convocation

‘Here is where God stirs their hearts.’ The word reuniones, Spanish for “gatherings,” evokes thoughts of la familia, which describes well the two most important gatherings sponsored annually by the ...

Morton to talk Pathways with church leaders over breakfast

The Eastern PA Conference’s new Leadership Development Manager, the Rev. Steve Morton, invites church leaders to five breakfast gatherings in their districts, from August 1 to Sept. 6, to discuss EPA’s new Pathways to Congregational Fruitfulness & Health. Morton will provide information and...

‘Now Is the Time’ offers a racial justice vision in verse

One song performed during EPA’s Annual Conference in May pronounced a vision of racial justice and harmony. And those who created it hope others will continue to give it voice ...