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‘Love one another’…enough to wear a mask

By the Rev. Candy LaBar*

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 2:4-5, NRSV


During this 4th of July weekend, when we celebrate our country’s independence and freedom, it is a good time to ponder what freedom really means. Freedom is a privilege as well as a responsibility, or it is not freedom at all. One is free to speak but not necessarily to…

Intercultural Competency Workshop, August 15

This training is intentionally designed for clergy and congregations serving in a cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry context or wanting to engage the racially and ethnically diverse community…

Worried about church finances right now? Join the club.

GBHEM will host its first virtual book club with Bonnie Marden, author of “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Faithful Stewardship.” Viewers are encouraged to…

ʽService of Lament’ challenges church

Review this unflinching, hour-long “Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment” recorded June 24, that puts The United Methodist Church on record as committed to a renewed push against racism.

Virtual Urban Summit, Part 2: Going to Green

Urban churches returning to gathered worship healthy and prepared. Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM. Join us! Register in advance for this meeting.

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Volunteers help Gilberton recover from flooding, but more aid is needed

Responding to major flood damage in the Schuylkill County borough of Gilberton, Eastern PA Conference Bishop Peggy Johnson and more than 30 other volunteers came to help Saturday morning, June… Read more

Communicating cross-culturally to help create real change

For church leaders to effectively communicate beyond their congregation and culture — that is, to reach a broader, dissimilar audience — they should try to forge a true, interpersonal connection…

Denominational Town Hall, July 1

UMC Bishops and social justice agencies invite all to a Town Hall at www.UMC.org/EndRacism July 1, at 1 PM. We’ll explore the true (and sometimes suppressed!) history of our nation and church.

Racial groups speak out against racist oppression, violence

By John W. Coleman Three racial groups in the Eastern PA Conference have released anti-racism advocacy statements calling for an end to systemic oppression and violence against Black U.S. citizens,… Read more