Bishop, church both urge prayer after grand jury’s decision

Demonstrations–some violent, some peaceful–are occurring around the nation in the wake of the decision Monday night, Nov. 24, by a grand jury to not indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren… Read more

Ebola distressing Africans at home and in U.S.

The Ebola crisis continues to take a toll on lives in West Africa but also among many Africans living in America, including some who belong to EPA Conference churches. Bishop… Read more

Role-play simulation opens eyes, hearts to poverty

Living in poverty is–well, take your pick: “stressful,” “frustrating,” “extremely difficult,” “powerless,” “overwhelming,” “hopeless.” Yet, mere words can’t begin to describe the real experience of struggling daily to survive in… Read more

Church rallies partners, volunteers to Stop Hunger Now

Many churches and organizations across the nation will gather this week to celebrate Thanksgiving by feeding hungry neighbors in their communities. But one of the Southeast District’s mission connections started… Read more

Bishops’ letter urges compassion, not stigmatization in Ebola crisis

UMNS–Oklahoma City, Okla.: Representatives of the Council of Bishops and the General Board of Global Ministries issued a letter to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of… Read more

Bishops call United Methodists to prayer in human sexuality statement

Oklahoma City, Okla.: The Council of Bishops issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing their diverse perspectives and calling the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer,… Read more

Bishop responds to Judicial Council ruling on Rev. Frank Schaefer’s reinstatement

Statement by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson in response to the United Methodist Judicial Council’s ruling in Decision 1270 affirming the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s reinstatement as an Elder in full connection:I… Read more

The Rev. Howard J. Pinter, November 2014

We have been informed that retired local pastor Rev. Howard J. Pinter passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014. He is survived by his three daughters: Carol Pinter Helveston, Lois… Read more

Churches learn new laws for Safe Sanctuaries

Hundreds of church leaders came out to district meetings across the EPA Conference Saturday morning, Oct. 25, 2014, to learn about new laws and policies intended to make their places… Read more

Veterans Day: Honoring, helping our heroes

Isaiah 2:4 contains the well-known passage, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they… Read more