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Annual Conference learns about breaking down dividing walls

Annual Conference learns about breaking down dividing walls

The two main featured speakers at The United Methodist Church’s Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference in June set a tone that was healing and harmonious, like the Apostle Paul’s good news… Read more

Pictured at Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church are Senior Pastor Rev. Eric W. Carr, Jr., (far left front row in red shirt) and the Rev. David W. Brown, Deacon (center in gray “Batman” shirt) as they strike a superhero pose with neighborhood children with whom they work in their community ministry there.

Study reveals burdens of Phila. nonprofits with black leadership

The Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) recently published a comparative research study on the uniquely critical role African American-led nonprofit service agencies play and the challenges they face in… Read more

Phila. African-American Leadership Forum

Resources for nonprofits serving black communities

A matter of black and white? By the Rev. David W. Brown* Recently I was honored to have led an effort by the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) —… Read more

Harriet Tubman’s Methodist & PA connections

Harriet Tubman’s Methodist & PA connections

The U.S. Treasury Department announced April 20 that Harriet Tubman—known as the Moses of her people—will replace President Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill. Many American schoolchildren… Read more


How will you celebrate Black History Month?

Here are some ideas for celebrating black history and culture in February and throughout the year. Please write to us and let us know what your church does, either before… Read more

Philadelphia United Methodist Mass Choir, comprising singers from several local, predominantly black UM churches.

Preaching with Power: UM Night worship to feature Bishop Fisher, new mass choir

Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia will host what promises to be a powerful worship experience in sermon and song on Tuesday, March 15, at 7 PM. “Preaching with Power” will… Read more

Participating in First UMC Germantown's Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative worship celebration, Jan. 17, were (from left) the Rev. Robert Coombe, pastor, the Rev. F. Willis Johnson, guest preacher, and Bishop Peggy Johnson.

Church leaders talk about race and racism

Churches and groups are continuing to talk about race and racism in the church and society, grappling with an existential problem that may never be fully solved but nonetheless demands… Read more

Rev, Willis Johnson, Wellspring UMC Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., pastor to lead FUMCOG racial dialogue

First UMC of Germantown (FUMCOG) in Philadelphia will host an important racial dialogue Jan. 16, the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The event will feature a… Read more

Conference launches #BlackChurchesMatter funding appeal

Leaders and friends of African American United Methodist churches in the Eastern PA Conference, including Bishop Peggy Johnson and members of her Cabinet, met at the Conference Office Thursday, Nov…. Read more

Robert Griggs prays with others outside Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, SC

Bishops call on churches to pray, preach against racism

Bishop Peggy Johnson asks all Eastern PA Conference churches to offer special prayers this Sunday, Sept. 6, (and on subsequent Sundays) for an end to racism. Her request is in… Read more