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More Rivers to Cross: Black caucus celebrates 50-year legacy

More Rivers to Cross: Black caucus celebrates 50-year legacy

(Adapted from UMNS version) CINCINNATI—More than 400 members of The United Methodist Church’s African-American membership caucus celebrated the 50th anniversary of its earliest beginnings, even as many speakers addressed work that… Read more

Bishop, UMs lead prayer vigil for detained ‘Berks Madres’

Bishop, UMs lead prayer vigil for detained ‘Berks Madres’

Bishop Peggy Johnson shared a message of hope and solidarity for Latina immigrant detainees at the Berks County Residential Center Sunday, March 12, surrounded by about 90 people who gathered… Read more

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‘Hearts on Fire’ gathering to promote justice, social holiness

Faithful Christians from around the Eastern PA Conference, whether committed to or just concerned about biblical and Wesleyan values of peace with justice, are invited to gather on Saturday, May… Read more

Advocacy groups urge justice, mercy for immigrants at risk

Advocacy groups urge justice, mercy for immigrants at risk

A Call to Justice and Mercy in Response to Anti-Immigrant Federal Policies Nine social justice advocacy groups in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference together have issued a formal statement expressing urgent… Read more

Gretna Glen to host multicultural youth retreat

Gretna Glen to host multicultural youth retreat

“Actively Discovering Human Diversity.” With that intriguing title, Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center in Lebanon will host two dozen teenagers of different racial-ethnic groups, all in grades 8 to… Read more

Bishop's Blog: Black History Month Focus--“Hidden Figures”

Bishop’s Blog: ‘Black History Month Focus–“Hidden Figures”’

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to see the historical movie “Hidden Figures.”  The story plot is based on real events and the lives of three African American women… 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

District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race

District dialogues offer ‘real talk’ about race

Real talk about race is happening around much of the Eastern PA Conference this winter, as dialogues and teaching moments bring people together to explore a difficult but timely topic…. Read more

Members of the UMC's NEJ College of Bishops (Active and Retired)--Seated (from left): Bishops Peggy Johnson, Latrelle Easterling, Violet Fisher, John Schol and Jane Middleton. Standing (from left): Bishops Jeremiah Park, Ernest Lyght, Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Mark Webb, Sudarshana Devadhar, Thomas Bickerton, Marcus Matthews, Sandra Steiner-Ball and Peter Weaver. John Coleman photo.

NEJ Bishops urge welcome for immigrants, refugees

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, . . .” United Methodist Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction quoted poet Emma Lazarus’s words found on… Read more

Honor M.L. King’s legacy, dream this weekend

Honor M.L. King’s legacy, dream this weekend

Sunday, Jan. 15, is the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, which our nation will also celebrate with a holiday on Monday, Jan. 16 this year. What will your church… Read more