Phila. African-American Leadership Forum
Resources for nonprofits serving black communities

A matter of black and white? By the Rev. David W. Brown* Recently I was honored to have led an effort by the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) — a network of African American leaders committed to improving the …

Take me out to the ballgame…

Join hundreds–maybe thousands–of Eastern PA folks from across our conference for Methodist Night at the Phila. Phillies ballgame on Saturday, July 16, at Citizens Bank Park.

Romal Tune teaching
A whole lot of learnin’ goin’ on

Beyond their open hearts, United Methodists strive all year long to fill their open minds with new wisdom, much of it focused on finding new ways to open their doors to new people.

The Eastern PA Conference, its six districts and some of its teaching churches together sponsor learning events throughout the year, welcoming anyone to come and learn how to make disciples and help change the world. There are the perennial training events, some of them required of clergy and staff, including ones in Sexual Ethics, Changing Racism and Safe Sanctuaries.

Largest class of Certified Lay Ministers graduates (Class of 2016)

“The Certified Lay Ministry Class of 2016 celebrates today our transformative journey,” read Jean Howe in a heartfelt testimony from her class of new CLM graduates. “We dedicate ourselves to faithfully journey through the crossroads, with God’s help.” Eleven new …

‘Encounter’ ministers to youth, young adults

St. Matthew’s UMC of Valley Forge hosted an encore of “The Encounter” on Saturday, April 2, a creative faith-sharing and fellowship event designed for youth and young adults. The last Encounter, held in October 2015, drew 44 people. This one …

LifeTree Cafés bearing fruit in Western districts
LifeTree Cafés bearing fruit in Western districts

Congratulations and prayers for our two Lifetree Cafés that are bearing fruit in the Southwest and Northwest Districts. The Lititz Lifetree Café is a collaborative effort of UM churches in that area­–including Lititz and Manheim: Faith UMCs–that meets and welcomes …

Ross Brightwell memorialized in tribute

The General Commission on United Methodist Men’s (GCUMM) posted on its Website this week a memorial tribute to Ross Brightwell, former president of the Eastern PA Conference UM Men from 2007 to 2015. Brightwell, 69, died from illness March 27. He was a prominent layman …

Something beautiful is growing in North Philly

Serenity House, a community center and outreach ministry of Arch Street United Methodist Church, sits near the corner of 12th St. and W. Lehigh Ave, in the heart of North Philadelphia. The former parsonage of the now-closed Cookman UMC, this …

Youth Retreat Cancelled, but Youth Rally will go on
Youth Retreat Cancelled, but Youth Rally will go on

The YES Youth Retreat, scheduled for this Saturday, April 16, has been cancelled, due to low registrations, and will be rescheduled for a Saturday in the fall.  The Eastern PA Conference Youth Rally, however, will still take place as scheduled, at …