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Reflections on racial dialogues--A supplement to "District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race”

Reflections on racial dialogues

A supplement to the NEWSpirit Winter 2017 article, “District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race” At our request, a number of clergy participants in recent racial dialogue and learning events,… Read more

District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race

District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race

Real talk about race is happening around much of the Eastern PA Conference this winter, as dialogues and teaching moments bring people together to explore a difficult but timely topic…. Read more

Youth Rally teaches thousands lessons on love

Youth Rally teaches thousands lessons on love

Christ’s love was defined beautifully through inspiring words spoken and sung at the 2017 Peninsula-Delaware Conference Youth Rally, held in Ocean City, Md., Jan. 6-8. But it was defined best… Read more

Members of the UMC's NEJ College of Bishops (Active and Retired)--Seated (from left): Bishops Peggy Johnson, Latrelle Easterling, Violet Fisher, John Schol and Jane Middleton. Standing (from left): Bishops Jeremiah Park, Ernest Lyght, Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Mark Webb, Sudarshana Devadhar, Thomas Bickerton, Marcus Matthews, Sandra Steiner-Ball and Peter Weaver. John Coleman photo.

NEJ Bishops urge welcome for immigrants, refugees

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, . . .” United Methodist Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction quoted poet Emma Lazarus’s words found on… Read more

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Capital Campaign ends in unfinished success

The Eastern PA Conference’s “Fulfilling Our Covenant” Capital Campaign officially ended in December 2016 and has raised $3.2 million in gifts and pledges so far, surpassing its ambitious $3 million goal. However, the campaign committee is asking churches that have not finished paying on their pledges to do so during this “wind down” period until March 31. Learn More  Read more

October 2016 Youth Night at Gretna Glen, where church youth groups can come enjoy free fun, fellowship and faith lessons on Sunday evenings.

Our camps—changing seasons and young lives

It is the darkest, coldest season of the year, but that should not stop us from thinking about the months to come when spring will bring new life, warm sunlight… Read more

Churches unite in prayer for UMC’s future

Churches unite in prayer for UMC’s future

“Fill your servants with your Holy Spirit.  May they seek you for wisdom, knowledge, love, compassion and clarity as they follow your leading.” About 40 congregants repeated that hopeful appeal… Read more

Clergy spouse retreats offer Sabbath and support

Clergy spouse retreats offer Sabbath and support

“Come, all you who are weary and heavy burdened,” Jesus Christ tenderly invites us, “and I will give you rest.”( Matthew 11:28) Ten Eastern PA Conference clergy spouses heeded a… Read more

Christmas cards for inmates inspires gratitude

Christmas cards for inmates inspires gratitude

“Thanks to all of you who shared God’s love with inmates through a signed Christmas card this year,” writes Marilyn Schneider, leader of the conference Prison & Restorative Justice Ministries… Read more

Sharing UMC’s warmth in frigid Philadelphia

Sharing UMC’s warmth in frigid Philadelphia

A handful of spirited church members joined a young street-marketing team on the shivering sidewalks of Philadelphia’s Center City last weekend to offer hot cocoa and a warm Christmas welcome… Read more