NEWSpirit Blog

The 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.

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.

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What we have here is a need to communicate*

By the Rev. Steven Morton

“We speak of these things in words—words not taught by human wisdom, but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.”   –I Corinthians 2:13 “What did you say?” Some of my best ministry ideas have gone unheard or underappreciated, at least initially.  I remember 20 years… Read More

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Thankful Giving

By John W. Coleman

In all this, I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  Acts 20:35 The apostle Paul was departing for Jerusalem to preach the… Read More

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Veterans Day: Honoring former Buffalo Soldier, revered church scoutmaster

John W. Coleman

As America honors its military veterans on Friday, Nov. 11, Wharton-Wesley UMC in Philadelphia, is proud that one of its own served during World War II in a U.S. Army unit with a special inherited history. Louis M. Stukes Sr., the church’s oldest male member at 99, was a member… Read More

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The best leaders champion their teams

The Rev. Steven Morton

“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,…let us RUN.”   (Hebrews 12:1) When my granddaughter Mia scores an occasional goal during a soccer match, there is jubilation on the sidelines—her father, her grandfathers, all the wives and mothers unsuccessfully masking their absolute delight at her success. Mia… Read More

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All Saints Day/All Saints Sunday

John W. Coleman

All Saints Day (Nov. 1 or All Saints Sunday, the first Sunday in November) is a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the… Read More

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A sacred reunion

By the Rev. Steven Morton

For me, it was always just a stopping point for a whitefish sandwich and a refreshing drink 13 hours into the 14-hour drive to see my wife Joan’s parents in the UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan.  For the indigenous peoples of that region, however, St. Ignace is sacred…… Read More

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Leaders are born, right?

Bishop John R. Schol

Dear EPA Leaders,  I continue to be grateful for your leadership in your congregation and in the larger church. Your gifts and leadership are leading us forward. As we look to engage more deeply in growing faith and developing vital, sustainable mission congregations, leadership is essential to God’s plans for… Read More

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Help Is On the Way!

By the Rev. Steve Morton*

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 a stretch of road about four miles long which runs from Tobyhanna (on the North District) up toward Gouldsboro, where… Read More

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I thought I was ‘one of the good ones’

By the Rev. Julia Singleton*

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 has donated to black causes. A white person who believes that black lives matter.  A white person who, during black… Read More