Features


A bountiful banquet of resourcing for ministry

By the Rev. Dawn Taylor-StormEastern PA Conference Director of Connectional Ministry One of the experiences I took for granted before the pandemic are church potluck dinners. I fondly remember potlucks… Read more

3 views of how pandemic is challenging UMC at all levels

UM News has published at least three recent news stories that report on UM churches, annual conferences and general agencies all trying to shift their ways of functioning in the… Read more

Church continues annual backpack ministry safely

Wesley UMC in Bethlehem, PA, wasn’t about to cancel its 8-year tradition of giving away thousands of back-to-school backpacks and other goodies to families just because of a daunting pandemic. While… Read more

Camps, Camp & retreat

Bishop’s Letter: Fundraising Appeal for Camps

Bishop Peggy Johnson appealed to Eastern PA Conference churches and members in a letter this week to support our four Camp & Retreat Centers as they struggle financially from the… Read more

New book club begins with Transforming Community

The Eastern PA Conference’s Congregational Development Team has launched a new book club this fall, and its first title explores how churches can use Methodist traditions to pursue missional transformation…. Read more

Online, streamlined Annual Conference session approved

In an historic decision, Eastern PA Annual Conference members voted overwhelmingly August 26 to approve temporary rule changes that will allow for their 2020 annual conference on October 13-14 to… Read more

Dual online events engage youth and youth leaders in learning

While many are avoiding public gatherings this summer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eastern PA Conference and its churches are making ample use of Zoom video-conferencing for meetings, worship, education… Read more

Jesus, the ‘Universal Suffragist’

By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson This summer women in the United States celebrate with pride the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right… Read more

South District answers urgent call to aid Central Congo

The Eastern PA Conference’s South District is answering the urgent call to help people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are suffering from hunger and malnutrition made worse… Read more

Sierra Leone bishop fondly remembered for bold leadership

Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu, who died in a car accident Aug. 16, is being remembered for his courage, leadership and love of The United Methodist Church and… Read more