Inform

We’re excited to include these three sections–Inform, Inspire, Involve. Here we intend to recommend helpful information, hopeful inspiration and opportunities for involvement that can offer nourishment and possibly direction for your faith journey. Please return to visit these sections again soon and often. And please contribute ideas, information, insights and resources that might be helpful to others. Thanks!


Is The United Methodist Church involved in politics?

The people called Methodists have been actively involved in social and political matters from their founding in 18th century England. Methodists were among… Read more…

Conferences persevere under financial strain

Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, UM conferences—like the congregations they serve—are feeling the financial strain of decreased giving and increased needsa trend that began before the pandemic. Learn more…

Laity urged to join Conference’s newest Facebook group

More people each week are asking to join and participate in the new Eastern PA Conference Laity Facebook page. Why not join them and help grow our Facebook Community?

Young elder numbers near historic low

Unfortunately, the declining number of ordained elders in the UMC includes a continuing decline in young adult elders, who comprise just 7%… Learn more…

Full UMC communion with Episcopalians delayed

Citing the pandemic’s ongoing threat, United Methodists and Episcopalians have… Learn more…

Our summer issue of NEWSpirit newspaper is now online!

Read our online summer issue of NEWSpirit newspaper, and enjoy 12 pages of news, in-depth stories…

Lebo to head revamped Local Pastor School

2021 school to be offered on Zoom with flexible curriculum The Rev. Dan Lebo, senior pastor of Gravel Hill UMC in Palmyra, is the new Dean of the Eastern PA… Read more

Ministering with families in the ongoing pandemic

Children, youth and families are challenged by social upheaval and distance from their physical church. Here are practical suggestions for how congregations can meet their material, spiritual, and emotional needs. Learn more…

Deaf ministries navigate COVID-19 challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant challenges and opportunities for many religious groups, including United Methodists engaged in Deaf ministries. Several Eastern PA leaders and churches are featured in a new article. Learn more…

Pastors with a badge advance police reforms

The Rev. Jeremy Wicks has served as a police chaplain, a reserve police officer and a Black Lives Matter organizer. He sees no contradiction in any of these roles. “In my heart, I honestly believe…