Opening Worship Procession, 2015 Annual Conference
November is Native American Heritage Month

The Dakota tribe teaches, “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave behind.” Native American Heritage Month, a national celebration since 1990, honors the contributions and heritage of Native Americans. Also in 1990, the U.S. Congress passed the Native …

CONAM members, including the Rev. Gary Jacabella (center with hands raised), sing at Annual Conference 2015 during their presentation about children who attended, died and are buried at the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School. (Sabrina Daluisio photo)
A Call to Repentance and Reconciliation

“The Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous People” asks us to “recognize the harm inflicted by the Church and celebrate the gifts indigenous people bring to the Church.” We cannot build bridges of reconciliation without “listening and learning …

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation signs a proclamation declaring the second Monday of October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Witnessing the signing is the Rev. Billie Nowabbi, a retired pastor in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.
Churchgoers join push to rename Columbus Day

Should the second Monday in October celebrate Christopher Columbus? A number of United Methodists, including some in Philadelphia, say no. Church members have joined efforts in Oklahoma and other parts of the U.S. to change the day into one that honors …

An Appeal for Prayers, Donations for South Carolina
An Appeal for Prayers, Donations for South Carolina

Bishop Peggy Johnson asks Eastern PA Conference churches to please offer generous prayers and donations to support our sisters and brothers in South Carolina who are trying to rebound from the recent catastrophic floods that have caused death and destruction …

Native American protesters have been demonstrating against Columbus Day in Seattle for several years. Protest organizers say that Columbus should not be credited with discovering the western hemisphere at a time when it was already inhabited.
Discovering the myth and meaning of Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus is widely understood to have discovered the “New World” here in the Americas. But it was certainly not new to the millions who had long lived in this hemisphere. Indeed, their fatal discovery was that their world, as …

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Hurricane Joaquin no longer a threat, but flooding may be

Hurricane Joaquin wreaked havoc in the Bahamas Thursday. But its current path is expected to head out to sea and not affect us in Eastern PA, reports the Rev. Greg Ellis, Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator. Nonetheless, he adds, “the current …

FaithTrust Executive Director Jane Fredricksen teaches a group at the Safe and Healthy Churches training event in June how to develop protocols to protect and assist victims of domestic violence.
Shine a light on domestic violence in October

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Is your church planning any activities or ministries to shine a light on this widespread, devastating problem that lurks in silent shadows of fear and denial as it inflicts pain and crises in …