Urban Ministry Awards Go to 4 Community-Engaged Churches

In describing the urban ministry challenge today, the Rev. Evelyn Kent Clark, Eastern PA Conference Dean of the Cabinet, may have turned iconic author Charles Dickens’ most famous opening line into a call for mission evangelism. “We think these are …

Ministry that Transcends Hatred and Discrimination

The United Methodist Church’s General Conference voted May 1 to approve a resolution condemning racial-ethnic discrimination and gender-based violence against Asian Americans. Submitted by the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists, the resolution condemns increasing discrimination against racial-ethnic minorities, especially …

A Holy Week delivery of Undies for Easter

Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are.  Hebrews 13:3 (Good News Version) The Philadelphia Prison Complex received a special delivery …

Celebrating Clergywomen during Women’s History Month

Part 1: EPA, GNJ clergywomen witness to their ‘Wow’ moments in ministry During Women’s History Month in March, we typically commemorate women who have shaped the history of Methodism, beginning with Susanna Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley. …

EPA&GNJ staff work together on Undies for Easter campaign

“Can you imagine a life with only one pair of underwear?”  This poignant question, posed by the Rev. Marilyn Schneider of the Eastern PA Conference Prison Ministries & Restorative Justice Team, underscores the circumstances faced by incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia. …

Churches honor Black History Month in special ways

A number of Eastern PA churches, especially in Philadelphia, saved the best for last by culminating their Black History Month celebrations on the last Sunday of February. There were oral and visual presentations of African diaspora history and culture, remarkable …