The Uncertain Devotion

Uncertainty is part of life. It can be the cause of our fears, worries and concerns. It is a principle in science that challenges us to explain how the universe and our bodies work. It is a principle…

Getting back to spiritual basics

When life gets chaotic, we all know that getting back to basics is important. We try to get more sleep, eat healthy food, remember to take our vitamins, get some exercise, go outside every day. Maybe we spend time with family and friends, count our blessings…

Our life planning must start with God

By the Rev. Gordon HendricksonEastern PA Conference Coordinator of Congregational Development By the Last week for Palm Sunday, we looked at how to overcome the fear or anxiety of death. … Read more

Fear Not: God Is in Control

By the Rev. Gordon HendricksonEastern PA Conference Coordinator of Congregational Development On Palm Sunday it seems strange not going to a worship service. But in many ways it might be… Read more

A Letter for Holy Saturday

By the Rev. Dawn Taylor-StormSuperintendent, South District Dear Friends, Holy Saturday is the waiting place. The dash between two endpoints. We seek resolution; we long for clarity. But I believe, dear… Read more

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

By the Rev. Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne “Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is not an Indigenous issue – it’s a human issue.”    —RagghiRain, Eastern Cherokee The #MeToo movement has… Read more

Unprecedented Easter?

An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. – Matthew 28:20
Of all the gospel’s scenes depicting Easter’s empty tomb, this one is my favorite. Dawn. The two Marys, their eyes mistier than the early morning…

CCYM shares reflections, advice on surviving pandemic

The Eastern PA’s Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) is working virtually, via Zoom videoconferencing, to plan its second annual “Camping at the Crossroads” Youth Rally. The March 28 annual spring… Read more

Homecoming: A Thanksgiving homily

Home-goings and homecomings. That’s what Thanksgiving is about for many people. Many will travel home or welcome family and friends home this week. The profound gratitude we feel for home… Read more

Freedom

By John W. Coleman–Adapted from a sermon on Mark 5:1-20, preached July 1, 2018, at Servants of Christ UMC Philadelphia. The demon-possessed man languishing among the dark tombs in Gerasenes ran to Jesus…