Bishop, Pastor Lead Study on Sexuality and the Church

9/14/2018

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Rev. Keith McIlwain, pastor of Slippery Rock United Methodist Church launched a four -session study based on Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and  the United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Slippery Rock Church. Future sessions are set for 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2.  Living Faithfully, a four-week, small-group study that is part of the Faultlines collection of books, was created especially for United Methodist ...


Pgh-DC Bike-a-Thon Supports Camping

8/13/2018

-- By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- Thirteen United Methodists from around Western Pennsylvania jumped aboard their bicycles at the Boston United Methodist Church near McKeesport on Monday, Aug. 13 and headed onto the Yough Trail for the first leg of a 315-mile journey to Washington, D.C. They're raising funds to support the Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching capital campaign to ensure that funds are available so that anyone can have a camping experience regardless of ability to pay....


WPA Leaders React to UMC Amendment Votes

5/9/2018

5/11/18 UPDATE: An error discovered in the ballot wording of Amendment #1 led to the May 10 announcement of a re-vote that will take place this year.  When results of denomination-wide voting on five constitutional amendments were announced on Monday, some Western PA Conference leaders offered their thoughts on the results. Two  amendments addressing gender equality failed to receive enough votes from annual conference members across the denomination to be ratified.    “My sister bishops and I ...


Bishops Recommend One Church Plan

5/4/2018

United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago this week, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward for the denomination. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Motion: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes: All three plans (The ...


Pray, Repent to End Cycle of Violence

2/14/2018

In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued statements mourning the victims of the shootings and called for prayers of repentance from the  culture of death and cycle of violence. Bishop Moore-Koikoi said this: Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the 17 killed and the fourteen injured in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.  We also pray for the young man who the ...


Bishop Offers Camping Initiative Grants

1/22/2018

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has launched a grant program to help small membership churches start innovative programs to involve people in camping and retreat ministries. Fifteen grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to congregations who submit the most creative ideas to involve church and community members in camping or retreat programs that address the Conference's five areas of focus.  Applications are due Feb. 15, and grants will be awarded in the Spring/Summer of 2018. "Because ...


Creating Community in Diverse World

1/15/2018

The work of creating a community where diverse people can work together and live in harmony is difficult and messy, but God gave us the ability to do it, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi said during a Martin Luther King Day Unity breakfast at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh’s North Hills. The Genesis 11 story of the Tower of Babel, “teaches us that diversity is from God,” she said. “It also teaches us that diversity makes it hard to get things done!” In the scripture (Gen. 11: 1-9), God intervenes when...


Bishop's Message of Hope and Gratitude

11/20/2017

In a video message to Western Pennsylvania United Methodists, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi said she is filled with gratitude and hope for the future of The United Methodist Church after discussions of an interim report from the Commission on the Way Forward at the recent Council of Bishops (COB) meeting at Lake Junaluska, NC. “As the result of the dialogue that the members of the Council of Bishops had at our meeting, I am more convinced than ever before in the hope-filled future of the United...


Dress for Hope, Bishop Tells UM Women

11/1/2017

  After a year focusing on WPA Chic, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi told Conference United Methodist Women gathered for their annual meeting that it’s time to Dress for Hope! “Unfortunately the feeling of hope is scarce in our culture today,” she said. “We are in the midst of a despair epidemic. It’s an epidemic of pessimism...all the opposites of hope. The good news is that, I believe, women of faith have the antidote to hopelessness! “There’s something about the way that God made women to make us...


Bishop's Response to Las Vegas Gun Violence

10/3/2017

From Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi In times like these, our response must be grounded in prayer. I urge every United Methodist in Western Pennsylvania to commit to pray for the next 59 days for the families who were impacted by this violence.   I am still in a state of disbelief regarding the massacre in Las Vegas.   I have been vascillating between disbelief and feelings of anger, grief, and profound sadness.  I have tried to make sense of a senseless act and that has left me frustrated.  I ...


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