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!


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…

Does Christmas have roots in pagan beliefs?

The belief that celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25 emerged from a pagan holiday isn’t true, says a book on liturgical origins. And its third-century origins may have had North African roots. Read story

Fall 2020 NEWSpirit

Our Fall 2020 issue of NEWSpirit newspaper is ready to read! Enjoy articles on our Faith-Sharing Seminar and busy Conference calendar of events. Also Bishop Johnson’s new Advent essay. Read on…

Estimating financial impact of church exits

The UMC’s finance agency is trying to project what a potential church schism due to church law may mean in church departures and lost apportioned giving. The figure may be… Read more

Protocol legislation tops agenda of top court

The UMC’s Judicial Council will decide soon if it can rule on the constitutionality of legislation for denominational separation. It will also revisit concerns over voting at the 2019… Learn more…

Council urges no new US bishops for 4 years

Faced with a financial crunch and a potential denominational split, UM bishops want to postpone electing any new bishops in the U.S. and slow down adding more bishops in Africa. Read story

Churches urged to seek protection from Boy Scouts lawsuit

Churches have until Nov. 16 to seek protection from potential liability in a class action lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America over past sexual abuse claims. BSA has filed for bankruptcy. More…