National Day of Prayer and Fasting

The Rev. Dennis L. Blackwell, pastor of Asbury Community UMC, Woodlynne, NJ, invites all churches to join Feb. 1 in a National Day of Prayer and Fasting to End Violence in Black American Communities.  On behalf of Black Methodists for a Better Future, Blackwell, a member of the UMC’s Judicial Council, calls on churches to meet for prayer onsite or via zoom at noon or another designated time to pray to God for a peaceful end to gun violence, especially in Black communities. He further encourages churches to meet for prayer every month on first Wednesdays. See Flyer.

African American caucus issues call to action on racism

The board of directors calls on church leaders to “hold clergy and laity to a gospel that centers the voices of people of color and all those who are truly at risk for simply being present in this world.” They have also asked the Council of Bishops and General Conference Commission to determine whether it will still be safe to hold General Conference in Minneapolis in 2021. Read Statement.

Also, see the solidarity and call to action statement published by National BMCR.

List of African American UM churches in the Eastern PA Conference

Some of these congregations may be predominantly African American or people of African descent.

  • Mother African Zoar UMC, Philadelphia
  • Tindley Temple UMC, Philadelphia
  • Trinity UMC, Philadelphia
  • Mount Zion UMC, Philadelphia
  • Devereaux UMC, Philadelphia
  • Haven Peniel UMC, Philadelphia
  • Eastwick UMC, Philadelphia
  • Sayers UMC, Philadelphia
  • Berry-Long UMC, Philadelphia
  • Wharton-Wesley UMC, Philadelphia
  • Camphor UMC, Philadelphia
  • Clearview UMC, Philadelphia
  • Servants of Christ UMC, Philadelphia
  • Simpson-Fletcher UMC, Philadelphia
  • Bickley’s New Beginning UMC, Philadelphia
  • Emmanuel UMC, Philadelphia
  • Janes Memorial UMC, Philadelphia
  • Mid-Town Parish UMC, Philadelphia
  • Grace UMC, Philadelphia
  • St. James UMC, Philadelphia
  • St. Thomas UMC, Philadelphia
  • St. Matthew UMC, Trevose
  • Union Memorial UMC, Darby
  • Mt. Zion UMC, Darby
  • St. Daniels UMC, Chester
  • Grace Community UMC, Chester
  • New Life UMC, Drexel

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Philadelphia BMCR represents important interests and concerns of Black United Methodist members and churches of the Eastern PA Conference (located primarily in the Philadelphia region). We are an official, affiliated body of the Eastern PA Annual Conference and a conference affiliate of the National BMCR caucus. Learn More

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