About Urban Ministries

The Office of Urban & Metro Ministries is strengthening its capacity to re-invigorate urban ministry and to be a relevant source of information and support to urban congregations. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference includes some of the most historic population centers in the country, including Philadelphia, Chester and Reading... Read More

Wholeness Centers

Wholeness Centers are church-based ministries located within BIPOC (black and indigenous, people of color) communities and under-served populations that work with local residents and community partners to develop new ministries or significantly strengthen existing ministries. As part of our commitment to addressing systemic racism and economic inequity, the EPA Conference will award grants to UMC churches that are committed to intentionally connect, engage, and partner with BIPOC communities they serve.

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Fight for Floyd and Beyond

The Eastern PA Conference Urban Commission oversees an ongoing Fight for Floyd and Beyond campaign to address racism and violence in U.S. policing. Prompted by the May 25, 2020, killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the campaign seeks to address problems in police-community relations in communities of color, including police mistreatment and brutality committed against African Americans that may be racially motivated.

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2022 Urban Ministry Awards
Featured Resources
Urban Commission
Urban Alliance / Urban Church Initiative Grant Application
  • Spring Grants Deadline: May 31
  • Fall Grants Deadline: November 15

The Urban Commission of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will award grants to assist in funding Urban Alliances or Urban Church Initiatives. Alliances and Initiatives who receive funding are eligible to apply for additional funding once every 12 months.

Download the Urban Alliance / Urban Church Initiative Grant Application (.docx download)

UM Metro Ministries, Inc.
Building Repair Grant

UM Metro Ministries will receive applications two times per year with submissions due on March 15 and September 15.  UMMM has limited funds and seeks to fund the most compelling projects that demonstrate high impact on the life of the congregation and/or the community it serves.  Learn More

Download the Building Repair Grant Application

For more information about funding resources visit our Funding For Ministry webpage.

Contact Us

Terry Bridges
Coordinator, Urban Ministries


The Rev. David Eckert
Urban Commission Co-Chair


The Rev. Myra Maxwell
Urban Commission Co-Chair

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