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Church leaders to take the field with Tools for Ministry

While Philadelphia’s Super Bowl-champion Eagles are nesting, and the 76ers and Flyers are in mid-season, the Phillies are enjoying baseball’s spring training. Hundreds of Eastern PA Conference church leaders will… Read more

New districts gatherings to focus on leadership

Hundreds of Eastern PA Conference members will gather when our four new districts hold their inaugural meetings with Bishop Peggy Johnson over the next week, Sept. 12-18. They will welcome the… Read more

New districts plan picnics in August, celebrations in September

The new North and South districts will both hold picnics in August for their clergy families, inviting all to come and get better acquainted. But clergy and laity of all… Read more

Changing districts honor their legacy, welcome the future

Fittingly on United Methodist Heritage Sunday, May 21, there was much remembrance of ministry milestones and faithful heroes of the past at our six district conferences. There were speeches and… Read more

Kingdom-building with Tools for Ministry

Leaders were teaching learners in six districts across our conference April 29, offering them tools for ministry to work not on houses of faith but on the people in them…. Read more

District Conferences to celebrate past and future with hope

When Eastern PA Conference members gather in their six District Conferences on Sunday afternoon, May 21, it may be bittersweet for some. Members will celebrate their past accomplishments and their… Read more

Building up disciples through Tools for Ministry

Gifted and called leaders will be visiting six United Methodist churches across our conference on Saturday, April 29, bringing constructive tools for ministry to work not on houses of faith… Read more

Bishop Violet L. Fisher

Praying truth to power—a Lenten day apart for clergy

“Speaking truth to power,” a phrase coined by Quakers in the 1950s, is one aim of social protest. But it could have a higher meaning for many clergy in the… Read more

Reflections on racial dialogues

A supplement to the NEWSpirit Winter 2017 article, “District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race” At our request, a number of clergy participants in recent racial dialogue and learning events,… Read more

Central District's Real Talk about Racism, Dec. 3, 2016. John Coleman photo.

Districts dig deeper into real talk about race

Four districts will dive deeper into their exploration of racial understanding and race relations in January and February with upcoming dialogues that may lead to more. Clergy and laity from… Read more