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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 "District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race”

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

New redistricting of churches completed

New redistricting of churches completed

The Eastern PA Conference Cabinet has completed arrangements of its 415 member churches into four new districts—East, North, South and West—to take effect July 1, 2017. The reduction from six… Read more

Cabinet proposes redistricting in 6 town hall meetings

Cabinet proposes redistricting in 6 town hall meetings

Bishop Peggy Johnson, with her Cabinet and staff, completed scheduled town hall meetings in all six districts in April to present their proposal to reduce the conference’s six districts to… Read more

District Prayer Posts lift General Conference in prayer

District Prayer Posts lift General Conference in prayer

Churches in two Eastern PA Conference districts hosted broadly intercessory prayer services recently, welcoming more than 70 people in total who gathered to pray for the United Methodist Church’s General… Read more

Attendance high at 2016 Tools for Ministry events

Attendance high at 2016 Tools for Ministry events

It wasn’t exactly March Madness, but several districts celebrated their best attendance ever at Tools for Ministry leadership training events in March, enjoying a more temperate climate than the cold, often-snowy… Read more

Tools for Ministry to 'build up the body'

Tools for Ministry to ‘build up the body’

The six district training events will be spread over three Saturdays. Four districts–Central, East, Southeast and Southwest–will hold theirs on Saturday, March 5. The Northeast District will hold its leadership training on March 12 with a focus on poverty. And the Northwest District Tools gathering is delayed until April 30.

Most of the myriad workshops will be led by home teams of knowledgeable clergy and lay professionals and volunteers from across our conference. But there will be a few out-of-town guest-lecturers among the diverse faculties.  Read more

Possible changes ahead in our districts and conference

Possible changes ahead in our districts and conference

By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson Among the many duties of the office of the bishop is that of forming districts. Paragraph 416.4 of the 2012 Book of Discipline states that… Read more

Bishop Peggy Johnson Talks to Southeast District Clergy

Bishop’s report prepares districts for 2016

While some churches celebrated Pastors Appreciation Month in October, Bishop Peggy Johnson was celebrating “Districts Appreciation Month” during her annual, day and night visits to all six districts of the… Read more