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!


Gammon Seminary elects first woman CEO

The Rev. Candace Lewis will become the first woman President-Dean of the UMC’s historically Black Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta and the first in the school’s interdenominational consortium of seminaries. Learn more…

Churches serve as warming centers, shelters

UM churches scrambled to open as warming centers and overnight shelters as historic winter storms have left nearly 3 million homes in Texas and other states without electricity in subfreezing temperatures. Read More

Bishop F. Herbert Skeete (1930-2021)

A steady, visionary leader and friend to many. Bishop F. Herbert Skeete, retired UM Bishop, died Feb. 11. He was a steady, visionary leader and friend to many and served the Philadelphia Episcopal Area for eight years.

Denman Evangelism Award Nominations due by March 5

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Harry Denman Evangelism Award, which honors United Methodists engaged in the exceptional ministry of Evangelism…

February AIDS Webinar Focuses on Racial Disparities

The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee (UMGAC) has announced the theme and panelists for their next webinar on February 1, 2021, at 2:00 PM ET. 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Redux

The federal government’s new PPP2 loans are available first to applicants, including churches, who did not receive a PPP1 loan last year. But eligibility for the aid expands soon after. When eligible, churches will be able to…

Conference prayer ministry offers weekly communal sharing

All are invited to join the Conference’s prayer meetings on Zoom every Tuesday at noon. We share joys and concerns, reflections and prayers, inspiring spiritual healing and hopefulness…

New Lenten study to feature North District clergy

Character Matters is the title of a new Lenten video study the Rev. Steve Morton will produce. It features clergy speaking on the “Seven Things the Lord Hates,” from Proverbs 6.

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches, PCC, Rev. Larry D. Pickens

Pickens to head PA Council of Churches

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches (PCC) has elected the Rev. Larry D. Pickens of Allentown, a longtime UM leader in ecumenical ministry and relations, as its new executive director beginning… Read more

‘Joy to the World’: Accidental Christmas hymn

Our most popular Christmas song “Joy to the World,” from a 1719 poem, isn’t about Christmas. Its lyrics, based on Psalm 98, are about the second coming of Christ. Learn more…