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.

  • Creation-care: Working toward net-zero carbon emissions

    Five General Agencies of the UMC are joining together this year to commit to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions* in their operations and as a resource for the whole denomination.  We look forward to their initiative and the harvest of responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources that it will produce in years to come. For more information, take a look at this YouTube resource from our denominational agencies:

  • Celebrate and support Native American Ministries April 18
    Every year on the third Sunday of Easter, The United Methodist Church observes Native American Ministries Sunday. It includes the opportunity to take a special offering for our many local ...
  • Spreading the aroma of Christ

    An aroma is a curious thing. It can bring back a precious memory. It can remind us of a person or an event. It can be familiar or unmistakable, and it can even create a mood or enhance our energy level.

    Tiny, dispersed molecules can produce powerful aromas with a big effect. In fact, aroma therapy is a multi-million dollar enterprise, so powerful are its scents to people.

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.

  • ‘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 ...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is A Bible
    Today is one of my most favorite days of the year. Today is the opening weekend of the National Football League season. Since I was a little kid, I have watched and loved football...
  • Opening Worship Message, AC2019
    Message by Samuel Longmire “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your ...

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.

  • 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...