Bishop News

2022 Annual Conference Wrap-up

June 15, 2022
2022 Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference June 2-4, Erie Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA By Liz Lennox, Conference Communicator Anchored in Christ, based on Hebrews 6:19, was the theme for the 2022 Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference. The annual conference met June 2-4 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA. The session included ordination, Bible studies and plenary sessions, concluding on Saturday with a memorial service. Masks were required at all times due to an upswing... read more

Pray for Peace in Ukraine

March 1, 2022
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi issued a statement today calling for United Methodists to join others around the world in praying for peace in Ukraine. Below is the her statement, which was emailed to clergy and lay leaders of local churches on March 1. As United Methodists in Pennsylvania, we join in prayer with those all around the world who are entreating God for peace in the Ukraine.  In a recent Facebook post, Bishop Eduard Khegay who oversees Russia and Ukraine urged us to pray for the ... read more

Join Bishop for Alpine Odyssey

October 12, 2021
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will lead an Educational Opportunities Alpine Odyssey Tour, including a visit to the Oberammergau Passion Play, from Sept. 19-27, 2022.  Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has been taking place in Oberammergau.  All of the members of the 2000 person cast must have either been born in or lived in this village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps for at least 20 years.   Through a partnership with Olmsted Manor Retreat Center, Western PA Conference ... read more

Leadership Model Pairs Two Bishops, Three Conferences

June 29, 2021
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -- Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) United Methodist leaders in the Susquehanna, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Conferences are preparing to move forward in faith, cooperating in ministry and mission across geographic boundaries as two bishops share leadership of all three areas beginning September 1, 2021.    Bishops Sandra Steiner Ball of West Virginia and ... read more

Bishop: Annual Conference To Be Hybrid

March 6, 2021
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, after consultation with Conference Sessions Chair Alan Morrison and other leaders, has announced that the 2021 Annual Conference will be held in hybrid form on June 18-19. Clergy session will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 3 via Zoom Webinar.  “Due to the limitations on the size of gatherings and concerns for the safety of all participants, we’ve made the decision to care for the celebrations of ministry with as many people as we can accommodate in person,” said ... read more

A Word About the Election

October 30, 2020
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, in an October 30th email to Western Pennsylvania United Methodist leaders, stressed the importance of voting in the 2020 General Election, but emphasized that regardless of the outcome, the people of God must make sure that God wins. That will happen, she said, if "we treat each other with love and compassion ... engage in civil discussion..and respect diverse opinions when we encounter them."  The Bishop put it this way: As disciples of Jesus Christ, United ... read more

Bishop, DS to Speak at Advocacy Seminar

October 26, 2020
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Connellsville District Superintendent Robert Zilhaver will be among the speakers during the Associates in Advocacy online seminar scheduled for November 9, 2020.  Associates in Advocacy, which started in the civil rights era when clergy were often accused of violations of church law in order to stop their civil rights work, includes clergy and laity working in a variety of areas assisting those caught in unfamiliar disciplinary processes. In one workshop ... read more

2020 Annual Conference Updates

August 7, 2020
Updated August 7, 2020 Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, after consultation with her Coordinating Cabinet, Conference Secretary John Wilson and Conference Sessions Chair Alan Morrison, announced on April 3 that the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference session scheduled for June 11-13, 2020 at Grove City College had been cancelled. The celebrations and the necessary business of the Conference will be cared for in different ways and at different places, she said. "While much about the spread of ... read more

Bishop Moore-Koikoi Leads GCORR

July 13, 2020
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has been elected President of the board of the United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Religion and Race. The vote took place during a July 11 virtual meeting.  As she took office, Bishop Moore-Koikoi acknowledge the opportunity and the challenge now before GCORR and The United Methodist Church:  “George Floyd’s cries of ‘I can’t breathe’ have brought us to an inflection point in the centuries-long quest for justice for people of African descent living in ... read more

WPA COVID-19 Updates

June 5, 2020
Conference Announcements Updated Dec. 11, 2020.  Our Bishop and District Superintendents urge church leaders to follow current state and local health mandates and guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and to consider the risk to the most vulnerable in our churches and communities in determining whether to hold in-person worship services. On Dec. 11, 2020, after Gov. Tom Wolf issued a temporary executive order reducing the number of people permitted to gather both indoors and ... read more

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