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Radnor United Methodist eyes an uncertain future

By Linda Stein,, Jul 29, 2019  Read the original story at RADNOR — The oldest Methodist church in Delaware County and the third-oldest in the Philadelphia area — Radnor… Read more

Trinity United Methodist Church: A place of fellowship and outreach

Some places just feel like home and some people just seem like family. That’s how members feel about Trinity United Methodist Church at 1814 Wharton St. in South Philadelphia. There… Read more

Mountville’s oldest church prepares for its 175th anniversary

As you drive along Mountville’s Main Street, the towers of the Gothic-style St. Paul’s United Methodist Church rise above the trees. A large stained-glass window overlooks the roadway. In the… Read more

UMC on ‘wait and see’ mindset after church court upheld Traditional Plan on homosexuality: bishop

Left-leaning congregations and LGBT activists within the United Methodist Church are looking to next year’s General Conference in the hopes they can change the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. Despite failing… Read more

Reading Eagle covers Bishop Johnson’s GC2019 report

Peggy Johnson speaks to about 100 members at West Lawn church Written by David Mekeel WEST LAWN — Bishop Peggy Johnson stressed unity on Saturday morning as she addressed more… Read more

United Methodist delegates defeat bid to ease LGBT bans

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church, America’s second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference Tuesday rejected… Read more

Local United Methodists grapple with denomination decision on gay clergy and same-gender weddings

by Kristin E. Holmes, Updated: March 1, 2019 In the years since she was stripped of her credentials by the United Methodist Church, Beth Stroud had hoped the denomination she calls… Read more

Girls who aren’t ‘girly’ find a fit in more rigorous activities of Boy Scouts

It’s Lily Rohner’s first time competing in the Klondike Derby at the Horseshoe Scout Reservation in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania. Think of the derby as a battle of the bands for… Read more

Chester County’s Troop 19 becomes one of first all-girl BSA troops in nation

MARSHALLTON — On Feb. 1, Troop 19 was formally launched as the first all-girl troop under Scouts Boy Scouts of America in Chester County. Troop 19 is the sister troop… Read more

Sacred Places in Transition

Faith and Form, Volume 51, Issue 3 :: Rachel Hildebrandt | Photographs by Chris Kendig

Philadelphia’s religious building stock is in transition, due in large part to the declining memberships and resources of many congregations, which echoes the situation in cities and towns across the country. The moment a building is sold by a congregation or its denominational office, a new user will likely decide its long-term fate. The numbers confirm this. Of the city’s 839 purpose-built religious properties, 17 percent are no longer in religious use. Half are no longer occupied by the original congregation. Since 2009, nearly 35 religious buildings have been demolished. Keep reading at  Read more