We’re excited to include these three sections–Inform, Inspire, Involve– on our new Website. 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!


Prayer is more than talking

When we think of prayer, we often think about talking to God.  With our words, we give God our adoration, our confessions, our expressions of thanksgiving, as well as making… Read more

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‘Persevering Prayer’

Jesus told a parable about a man who was in need of bread to serve some unexpected guests. The man went to the home of a neighbor and continually knocked on the door until the tired, reluctant neighbor got up…  Read more

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Reclaiming the Common Good

“What makes you hopeful?” Two dozen Eastern PA United Methodists gathered for dinner and dialogue Feb. 4 to wrestle with that timely question two weeks after the Jan. 20 inauguration… Read more


Transformation through prayer

Scripture instructs us to pray without ceasing, to see every moment as an opportunity to pray, whether it is a time of crisis or just an everyday, routine moment. Prayer… Read more

A LongWay to Go

Bishop’s Blog: ‘A Long, Long Way to Go’

In early December I participated in an ecumenical dialogue held periodically between The United Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church. During the three days in Birmingham…  Read more

This is a day of new beginnings

Bishop’s Blog: ‘New Beginnings’

The beginning of a New Year conjures up for me the image of a new start, a rebooted computer, a right-sizing of clutter on our desks, the balancing of a check-book, a new resolve…  Read more


Beyond New Year’s resolutions — make ‘faithful intentions’

New Year’s Resolutions have always been a very pass/fail sort of test for me. I set myself up to forgo chocolate and lo and behold, two weeks into the New… Read more

“The Work of Christmas Begins”

In a 4-minute video Bishop Peggy Johnson offers a compelling, inward, outward and forward-looking message as her Christmas & New Year’s Greeting. Watch on our YouTube channel.  Read more


‘Be not afraid!’

I invite you to picture this scenario: An economy with a huge disparity between rich and poor. Groups of people who fear persecution because of their ethnic identity. A government that is protective about its borders. A leader that is seen…  Read more


‘An Inconvenient Christmas’

Soon we will be singing Advent hymns in our churches and wondering where this passing year has gone. December 25th falls on a Sunday this year, and I am already… Read more