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Thoughts about Holy Communion in the Midst of Coronavirus

Dear Pastors and Congregants, I have been asked to address the issue of cyber Holy Communion. In the document “This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion,” found… Read more

‘Our God, Our Help in Ages Past’

(A pastoral message. Adapted script from Bishop’s video message, March 17, 2020) By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains… Read more

Hyacinth: Thoughts about Lent

As soon as the “Produce Junction” greenhouse put the hyacinths on their flower table, I had to have one. It is still winter but seeing the spring bulb plants spoke to me of…

A time for third-mile giving

By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson Many have heard of second-mile giving.  That is the kind of giving that happens when people stretch and give beyond their means or beyond what… Read more

PA bishops support LGBT civil rights act

Bishop Jeremiah Park, leader of the Susquehanna Conference, will join other speakers calling for civil rights protection for LGBT persons at a news conference in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building… Read more

Bishop’s Video for the New Year 2020

“Go for the Gold” (Adapted from a video script by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson) Many of us make New Year’s resolutions in January every year. Health clubs and diet plans abound; but often we forget…

‘Do No Harm, Do Good’

As The United Methodist Church prepares for General Conference 2020, numerous legislative petitions flooded in by last week’s deadline for consideration. Certainly, we should always have as the backdrop…

Bishop’s Annual Conference report urges unity in Christ

By John W. Coleman In her June 13 State of the Church Report to the Eastern PA Annual Conference Bishop Peggy Johnson addressed several topics but zeroed in on a… 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.

Let us make 2019 “The Year of Civility”

I bid you grace and peace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I celebrate with you this special time of the year: Advent, Christmas and the New Year: 2019. May your churches and homes be filled…