Central District's Real Talk about Racism, Dec. 3, 2016. John Coleman photo.

Central District

Welcome to the Central District!

anita adams powellThe Central District is one of six districts in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. It is comprised of 63 churches from the heart of the City of Philadelphia to the Reading area in Berks County.

On July 1 2011, the Central District welcomed the Rev. Dr. Anita Adams Powell as its new superintendent. She comes to the district after having started a new church in Kennett Square, Church of the Open Door. Read more about Dr. Powell.

The Central District Office is located in the historic Simpson House Senior Living community on the first floor.

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Central District's Real Talk about Racism, Dec. 3, 2016. John Coleman photo.

The Central District held a Real Talk about Racism guided dialogue on Saturday, Dec. 3, at First UMC Phoenixville. Former Philadelphia: Eastwick UMC pastor Helen Stafford Fleming, now a leadership development trainer, consultant and author, facilitated the teach and talk session. She works with churches and groups to plan for racial transition and reconciliation in urban areas, drawing on her recent experience as a Washington DC pastor in a racially changing, gentrified urban community.

The Rev. Anita Adams Powell, District Superintendent, welcomes about 25 diverse attendees from various churches who learned about basic racial concepts, challenges and scenarios from different viewpoints, but also engaged in deeper discussions about transparency, racism as sin and other topics.

The district, which like the East District, first dove into early discussions about race in 2015, will hold a follow-up dialogue on Saturday, Feb. 4, hosted by Tindley Temple UMC (50 S Broad St, Philadelphia).


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