Academies, workshops, training events, convocations, retreats. The Eastern PA Conference is a vibrant, living organism that survives and indeed, thrives in community as we gather and grow together. Our connectional life is enhanced by these types of learning events and by other gatherings as well: worship and prayer services; concerts, theater, film viewings and other performances; celebrations; picnics; sports and recreation events–the list is endless.
The Rev. Olu Brown, founding pastor of one of the UMC’s fastest-growing churches will keynote the Eastern PA Conference’s 2021 Faith-Sharing evangelism seminar Oct. 23, at 9 AM to 12 Noon via Zoom. This training meets the evangelism course requirement for clergy, and provides CEUs.
Brown leads Impact Church, in East Point, Ga., part of Metropolitan Atlanta. His vision and leadership has taken the multicultural church from 25 people at its birth in 2007, to more than 5,000 worshipers online now, with 62 staff and a $4 million budget... Learn More
Methodists in the U.S. and in Great Britain will simultaneously commemorate the 250th anniversary of the voyage and arrival of American Methodism’s first bishop, Francis Asbury, who journeyed here from our mother country in October 1771. He was sent by Methodism’s founder John Wesley to organize the new church in the British colonies.
The Oct. 30-31 celebration at Historic St. George’s UMC in Philadelphia will feature a banquet and program Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2-4 PM, and a special commemorative worship service on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10 AM... Learn More
OUR Greatest Generation: American Indian Boarding Schools
The EPAUMC Committee on Native American Ministries (CoNAM) will host its annual fall learning and fellowship event on Zoom, on Sunday, Nov 7, at 4 PM. November is annually National Native American Heritage Month.
The online gathering will explore the Carlisle Indian School story, remembering the first of many “Indian boarding schools” established in the U.S., some with the cooperation of Methodists and other religious denominations. Carlisle was born in 1879 in Pennsylvania’s heartland... Learn More
When they meet on Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Eastern PA Conference’s Order of Elders will explore the leadership role of elders pertaining to the denominational division anticipated at the next General Conference, scheduled for 2022. Members will gather at 9:30 AM – 12 noon, at Innabah Camp & Retreat Center, 712 Pughtown Road, Spring City, PA. The group was forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to meet solely online in 2020.
“A Dialogue on The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation: The Elders Responsibility” is their dialogue topic. “The Rev. Mark Salvacion, and the Rev. Joe DiPaolo will lead discussion on the potential for the Protocol to be enacted... Learn More
The Eastern PA Conference Healing the Wounds of Racism (HWR) CORE Team will host “Courageous Conversations on Race and Reconciliation” in a new, online Dismantling Racism Level II workshop on Zoom, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 9 AM to 12 PM.
“Courageous Conversations on Race and Reconciliation: Getting Started” will introduce participants to best practices for stimulating enlightening, cooperative, productive discourse on what is still a difficult topic for many people: understanding race and overcoming racism. Presenters will include experienced racial discussion leaders... Learn More
A Zoom-based study offered by the Board of Ordained Ministry
- Saturday November 13, 9:00-11:30 AM
- Saturday November 20, 9:00-11:30 AM
Baptism is at the core of who we are as Christians -- but how well do we truly understand this sacrament? Those of us who serve in church leadership often face practical questions with deep theological roots. Why do we baptize? What happens in baptism? Why do we baptize infants? What do we mean when we say "remember your baptism" -- especially if baptized as an infant?... Learn More