From Pulpit & Pew

From Pulpit & Pew is an experimental blog through which we hope to attract and share interesting news and views from clergy and laity about key concerns in congregational and community life.

  • Help Is On the Way!
    Everywhere I drive my car these days—and I drive a lot!— I encounter potholes in the road—huge, crater-like, car-swallowing potholes. And nobody seems to be doing anything about it.  There’s ...
  • I thought I was ‘one of the good ones’
    I thought I was “one of the good ones.”  You know, the good white people.  A white person who has learned about white privilege and has friends of color and ...
  • The Magic of Christmas

    I’m a clergymom. So, Advent is one of the most overwhelming times of year.  I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the magic-bringer. 

    At church, I make sure all the traditions are followed, the church is beautiful, the Christmas letter goes out, the sermons are inspiring, the shut-in folks feel cared for, and so on…

  • Embrace your ‘next’ as part of God’s plan
    On Sunday, May 16, I stood on the stage at Impact United Methodist Church and shared with the world that I was retiring from pastoring in the local church. This ...
  • ‘Re-engage with God’
    A pastor’s Lenten reflection for challenging times As the return of sunny days and moderating temperatures slowly yet surely melt away our piles of snow, we can see that spring ...

NEWSpirit Blog

The new NEWSpirit Blog shares diverse, connectional viewpoints from conference, district and local church leaders, serving as a companion blog to the NEWSpirit Weekly Digest and NEWSpirit quarterly newspaper.

  • Juneteenth and July 4th: A tale of two Independence Days
    At a time when America’s freedom is endangered by efforts to restrict or even thwart voting rights for all, it may be timely for us to have two holidays to ...
  • Fare-thee-well
    Moving pastors say goodbye to churches amid waning pandemic My move to a new pastoral appointment is happening now. But I sympathize especially with clergy who had to move last ...
  • Singing the Lord’s song in a foreign time
    Over the past few days, I’ve spent time with pastors and laity talking about Christmas. We’ve wrestled with questions: How can Advent/Christmas be celebrated without carols? How do we deal with visitors if...
  • The Uncertain Devotion
    Uncertainty is part of life. It can be the cause of our fears, worries and concerns. It is a principle in science that challenges us to explain how the universe and our bodies work. It is a principle...
  • Getting back to spiritual basics
    When life gets chaotic, we all know that getting back to basics is important. We try to get more sleep, eat healthy food, remember to take our vitamins, get some exercise, go outside every day. Maybe we spend time with family and friends, count our blessings...

Bishop’s Blog

The Bishop’s Blog offers Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson’s thought-provoking reflections on personal and social issues, which she has been sharing with Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware Conference constituents and many other readers since 2008.

  • A Time to Keep and a Time to Cast Away
    The often quoted verses about time, in chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes, come to mind as I prepare to retire and leave this beloved Philadelphia Area.  Throughout the ...