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First church in Africa becomes reconciling

A 180-member United Methodist church in Kenya unanimously voted to identify as reconciling and join the Reconciling Ministries Network—making it the first African congregation to do so. Learn more…  Read more

Summer 2019 NEWSpirit now online!

The Summer 2019 issue of NEWSpirit is now online for all to read and share. Inside this issue: 2019 Annual Conference photo collage and coverage, “New UMC separation plans emerge for 2020,” upcoming events, and more!  Read more

What to expect at General Conference 2020

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, organizers hope to improve proceedings at General Conference 2020. Among the adjustments that delegates can expect are stricter requirements for their credentials after an investigation…  Read more

Wespath using financial clout for climate change

The agency that administers UMC pension and benefits programs is making progress toward improving the effects of church investments on the environment, but some believe changes are coming too slowly. Read more…  Read more

Latina pastor to lead Eastern PA’s Latino Ministries

The Rev. Lillian “Luky” Cotto is the Eastern PA Conference’s new part-time Latino Ministries Coordinator, effective August 1. She succeeds the Rev. Brunilda Martinez, who had served in that role… Read more

Learn to care for Creation at EarthKeepers training

The EarthKeepers training, August 8-11 at Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia, is “an incredible learning opportunity,” says Dr. Sara Fernsler, to make a positive impact on the health of our planet.  Read more

Mobilize Your Church for a Better Ministry Story

Two top leadership coaches offer UMs a fee discount to learn how to do effective outreach ministry using high-tech and high-touch tactics July 31, at a Philadelphia seminary.  Read more

Postscripts from Annual Conference 2019

Our Annual Conference celebrated and heard from the coming generation. But controversies over a resolution and election of 2020 delegates also challenged our unity in Christ. Our bishop responds to some concerns.  Read more

Why do UM pastors change churches?

Our unique system of deploying pastors began in Methodism’s earliest days. John Wesley believed itinerant preachers were more effective than those who settled in, grew comfortable and “wore out what they had to say.” Learn more…  Read more

Exiting congregations face hefty price tag

For congregations that want to leave the UMC because of disagreement with new church laws regarding the rights of LGBTQ people in the church, a breakup could get very expensive. Continue reading at  Read more