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Nurture dreams, support education on UM Student Day

Nurture dreams, support education on UM Student Day

Offerings on United Methodist Student Day support scholarships for United Methodist students in college and seminary. Student Day, historically our denomination’s first churchwide Special Sunday with offering, is usually observed… Read more

Social Entrepreneurship: Seeking profits for a higher purpose

Social Entrepreneurship: Seeking profits for a higher purpose

By John W. Coleman You might call it “doing well while doing good.” Or elevating the bottom line. Or combining higher purpose with higher profits. Or arguably, “Christian capitalism.” What… Read more

Seasons of Prayer & Praise: Winter 2017

Seasons of Prayer & Praise: Winter 2017

As challenging as 2016 has been, 2017 may prove to be even more so, as we embark on new, unpredictable four-year journeys for both our church and our nation. The… Read more

‘Sabbath: Break … or Brick?’ A new retreat for clergy spouses

‘Sabbath: Break … or Brick?’ A new retreat for clergy spouses

By Julie Anderman “Phenomenal. Playful. Instructive.” Those were comments from Cabinet members who recently previewed the Sabbath Game, a key part of a new, uniquely creative retreat experience for clergy… Read more

A new training event for Children’s Ministry leaders

Connecting Children with Christ

A new training event for Children’s Ministry leaders Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as… Read more

Mission u opens minds, hearts to serving Christ

Mission u opens minds, hearts to serving Christ

“We learn about God’s path for us through the courses we take at Mission u,” says Barbara Drake, former president of United Methodist Women in the Eastern PA Conference. She… Read more

UM Men offer a summer of fun and fellowship

The Eastern PA Conference UM Men are offering three special outdoor events this summer to help many conference members come together for fellowship, activity and tons of fun. All three outings are recent… Read more

Romal Tune teaching

A whole lot of learnin’ goin’ on

Beyond their open hearts, United Methodists strive all year long to fill their open minds with new wisdom, much of it focused on finding new ways to open their doors to new people.

The Eastern PA Conference, its six districts and some of its teaching churches together sponsor learning events throughout the year, welcoming anyone to come and learn how to make disciples and help change the world. There are the perennial training events, some of them required of clergy and staff, including ones in Sexual Ethics, Changing Racism and Safe Sanctuaries.

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.