Congo Partnership helps expand DRC mission projects

Lives are being saved and changed every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to the ministry of the Peter D. Weaver Congo Partnership, which includes the Eastern PA Conference. But more support is needed to expand vital mission efforts there. That is the praise report of a mission team that traveled there Feb. 10 and has been posting updates on the Partnership’s Website,, and its Facebook page at

Clergy learn money basics at Financial Leadership Academy

(From left) The Revs. Charles Cole, Lydia Munoz, Daniel Lebo and James McIntire, four of the 25 EPA Conference clergy at the Financial Leadership Academy’s first session, discuss their insights.  John Coleman photo.

Adapted from a story by Melissa Lauber, Communications Director, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Money has a deep and profound effect on how pastors do the work Christ calls them to do, the Rev. Phil Jamieson told 62 pastors embarking on a two-year learning experience through the Financial Leadership Academy. The way the church thinks about and addresses money will transform its future – for better or for worse.

Videos honor MLK, Tindley, Zoar for Black History Mont

As the U.S. marks the 50th anniversary of many landmarks in the civil rights movement, features stories about heroic people and historic events and concerns that we recognize especially during Black History Month. The denomination's official Website, operated by UM Communications (UMCom), offers an updated and re-issued series featuring prominent United Methodists who shared the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s timeless dream for America and all humanity. 

"Each piece offers a unique perspective and beautiful insights about the lessons this leader gave to those who knew or knew of him," writes UMCom video producer Jan Walsh. You can find the whole series at the friendly URL: It is featured also on the Special Coverage tab in the News and Media section of the site:

KYW Radio honors Thompson for Boys Book Club

Lenora Thompson, with some members of her “Boys Book Club,” at the KYW Newsradio studios. Cherri Gregg photo, KYW Newsradio.

Former Eastern PA Conference Lay Leader Lenora Thompson will be honored this week by Philadelphia's KYW Newsradio as one its local Gamechangers, a program that celebrates Black History Month in February by recognizing local community heroes. Thompson, a member of Wharton-Wesley UMC in Philadelphia, will receive an award Wednesday night, Feb. 25, and then will appear on KYW TV's Talk Philly show at 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 26.

For the third year in a row, KYW Newsradio 1060 highlighted individuals who have “changed the game” for the African-American community in the Greater Philadelphia area. Gamechangers are individuals or organizations that have used their volunteer efforts and community influence to make a significant, positive change for people of color in the previous twelve months.

Mother African Zoar featured in new UMCom video

Mother African Zoar UMC joined Tindley Temple as two historic Philadelphia churches featured in videos on the denomination’s Website this week. The new Mother Zoar video is featured atop the home page, just as the Tindley Temple video was last week. Both videos appear now on the home page, among other special offerings in United Methodist Communications’ (UMCom) tribute to Black History Month in February.

The new video, viewable also on YouTube, highlights Zoar UMC’s worship, ministries, sanctuary and 220-year legacy of resilience, community service and “maternal” birthing of five subsequent churches.

Annual Conference 2015 to feature electronic voting

Preparations for the 2015 Annual Conference, May 14-16, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., are underway, and deadlines are fast approaching. All necessary information and forms are available on the conference's Website at

Online and mail-in registration for all members begins Feb. 23 and ends April 27. Meanwhile, Conference Secretary Lloyd Speer (at must receive by March 10 all legislative resolutions and all nominations for delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference and Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Forms and instructions are the Website.

Annual Conference speakers to teach 'Faithful Stewardship'

Emphasizing faithful stewardship, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference's 2015 annual session, May 14-16, will engage church leaders in exploring wide-ranging concerns that promote what presiding Bishop Peggy Johnson aptly calls "responsible living and giving."

"Faithful Stewardship of Our Time, Treasure and Environment" is this year's theme for the annual conference of representative lay and clergy leadership. Attendees will hear major addresses on these three aspects of holistic stewardship. They will also participate in worship, resolutions and reports, legislative debates (known as Holy Conferencing), and voting for delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon.

2015 Evangelism Event: 'Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore'

March 21: Please register now! The EPA Conference will welcome Thom and Joani Schultz, co-authors of the provocative book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Church Irresistible, as keynote presenters at its 2015 conference-wide evangelism event on Saturday, March 21, at New Hanover UMC.

UMs and Episcopalians celebrate Eucharistic Sharing Agreement

The week of Christian Unity became real in tangible and spiritual ways on Jan. 25, at the famed National Cathedral in Washington D.C. when Christ set the banquet table and the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell served Communion to the people of God in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches. The United Methodist clergywoman serves as the Episcopal cathedral's Canon Precentor, overseeing about 2,200 worship and devotional experiences each year. But before the Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreement, she was not permitted to preside over Communion. Her actions in the sanctuary were hailed by leaders of both denominations as “historic,” as she brought the new agreement to life in a way that “significantly deepens the expression and practice of Christian unity,” said Bishop Marcus Matthews of the UMC's Baltimore-Washington Conference. Learn more...

Western PA pastor to lead UM Advocacy in PA

The Rev. Dai Morgan, a Pittsburgh area pastor who serves on the Pennsylvania Council of Churches’ public witness commission, has been selected as coordinator for United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania.

Morgan is pastor of Swissvale United Methodist Church, a multi-cultural mission church just outside the City of Pittsburgh.  He also chairs the Commission on Christian Unity of the Western Pennsylvania UM Conference.

As the denomination’s Advocacy Coordinator in the state, Morgan will bring together advocacy leaders from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Susquehanna and Western Pennsylvania conferences to develop an integrated, collaborative plan for advocacy ministry, including building awareness among United Methodists and others throughout the state.


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