Inspire

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!


Bishop’s Blog: “Rejoice!”

Deacon Jerome Kiel was the only Deaf Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Baltimore years ago when I was serving as the pastor of an all-Deaf United Methodist congregation. It was significant that he achieved…

Role of Anger in Working for Justice and Love

The Rev. Darryl Stephens, new chair of Eastern PA’s Order of Deacons, reports on the order’s recent discussion about anger, hate, love and justice in the ministries of Deacons.  Learn more

What names can we use for God?

The names we use for God both reflect and shape how we think about God. They help us get to know God and introduce others to God. Each name points to a quality that helps us better understand the Holy One. Read more…

‘Do No Harm’

The “Three Simple Rules” offered to us by our Methodist founder John Wesley are:
Do no harm.
Do good.
Attend to the ordinances of God (that is, spiritual disciplines that keep you close to God).

Listening with the heart

Learning to humbly and openly listen and engage with those longing to be heard is an invitation to spiritual relationship that goes beyond just hearing and responding in conversations. Learn more…

Knitted Together in Love

In my first parish, I was a recent seminary graduate, part of a clergy couple, and we were expecting our first baby. I know that I was a handful for this four-point country charge. I was their first female pastor, their first very young pastor, and their first female young…

Singing the Lord’s song in a foreign time

Over the past few days, I’ve spent time with pastors and laity talking about Christmas. We’ve wrestled with questions: How can Advent/Christmas be celebrated without carols? How do we deal with visitors if…

Bishop’s Blog: Say the Name

While marching in a peaceful protest this spring there were many people carrying signs bearing the names of African Americans who had died…

Ground-Breaker: In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

I remember well my first Volunteers in Mission international trip. In 1993 a group of Deaf Senior Citizens…

Bishop’s Blog: The Four ‘W’s’

Every day I watch a local newscast that gives COVID-19 updates and health reminders. Yesterday they talked about the “Four “W’s.” They are as follows…