Sacred Places in Transition

Faith and Form, Volume 51, Issue 3 :: Rachel Hildebrandt | Photographs by Chris Kendig

Philadelphia’s religious building stock is in transition, due in large part to the declining memberships and resources of many congregations, which echoes the situation in cities and towns across the country. The moment a building is sold by a congregation or its denominational office, a new user will likely decide its long-term fate. The numbers confirm this. Of the city’s 839 purpose-built religious properties, 17 percent are no longer in religious use. Half are no longer occupied by the original congregation. Since 2009, nearly 35 religious buildings have been demolished. Keep reading at

History Revisited

Every October when I was in grade school we sang the same song: “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” I learned about this brave sailor, who challenged the thinking of the time that the earth was flat…

Christmas Cards for prison inmates ministry resumes with Nov. 5, 2018 deadline

It’s that special time of the year again. The Eastern PA Conference Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice (PMRJ) Team is asking church and conference members and friends to download, print and sign… Read more

August 2018 EPA Financial Update

Dear Conference, Below for your information is an overview of the EPA financial data for the period through August 31, 2018. Connectional Ministries Fund  Church giving for the Connectional Ministries… Read more

In Germantown, a sanctuary church resists the federal government – again

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeff Gammage continues his revealing coverage of First UMC of Germantown’s recent decision to provide sanctuary to two undocumented immigrant families whose appeals for protective asylum were… Read more

A Great Thanksgiving for World Communion

Everyone is invited to the table of grace. From every tribe? Every tribe! From every language group? Every language group! Do you mean from all the peoples of the earth?… Read more

World Communion Sunday: October 7, 2018

YOUR GIFT HELPS PROMISING SCHOLARS BECOME LEADERS Ellery Paraso Ortiz is proud of his family’s long, involved history as Methodists, which stretches back to 1902, three years after the first… Read more

UMs struggle for recovery from Florence’s floods

The Rev. Tyler Daniels spent his Sunday not preaching but rescuing hundreds of people from their flooded homes in and around Leland, North Carolina. “We saved a lot of people’s… Read more

Church & Society event to focus on Social Justice

“Building Connections for Social Justice” is the theme of a major education and advocacy event, Sept. 29, at West Lawn UMC. Rev. Dr. Clayton Childers, of the UMC’s Board of Church & Society, will keynote. Learn more…

Bishop, UMs lead prayer vigil for detained ‘Berks Madres’

New co-chair, Oct. 21 event for immigration advocacy team

The Eastern PA Conference Rapid Response Team (RRT) has a new co-leader and a new event for advocates of immigration justice and mercy to support. The Rev. Lydia Munoz now co-chairs of… Read more