Bishop News

A Statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

January 3, 2020
I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  ---- John 17:21  As one of our pastors has often said to me, “Bishop, sometimes unity takes on different forms.”  And sometimes to reach unity it takes time, repeated failures, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, ... read more

Diverse Groups Agree on UMC Separation Protocol

January 3, 2020
A 16-member group representing United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world have proposed an agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was reached on December 17, 2019 and announced today. The document’s signers include individuals from Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and the United States, ... read more

Bishop Elected Christian Associates President

December 3, 2019
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has been elected to serve as president of Christian Associates of Southwestern PA, effective January 1, 2020. She currently serves as vice-president of the ecumenical organization whose board includes leaders of denominations or organizations represented in 10 Southwestern PA counties.  “I am excited to welcome Bishop Moore-Koikoi as our next president! Her election comes at a pivotal time: Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania will celebrate our 50th ... read more

Ebony Bishops, Leaders Focus on Future of Black Church

September 22, 2019
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi was among dozens of key African-American laity, clergy and episcopal leaders who met in Chicago on Thursday and Friday to discern and map out the future of the Black Church in The United Methodist Church as a prelude to the 2020 General Conference. Organized by the Ebony Bishops and facilitated by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), the meeting brought together leaders of the different constituencies of the Black Church for a time of prayer, ... read more

Bishop, Faith Leaders to Join in Juneteenth Events

June 19, 2019
The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African people in North America, and the Pittsburgh-based Stop the Violence organization will celebrate their legacy and contributions to the region during Juneteenth events marking the end of chattel slavery and the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865.  Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will be honored along with other religious and community leaders who uplift communities in Western Pennsylvania during the 5th Annual Celebration of ... read more

GC Debriefing Sessions Scheduled

February 15, 2019
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and representatives of the Western PA General Conference delegation, the WPAUMC A Way Forward Task Force, Cabinet members will conduct debriefing sessions in each of our ten districts following the special called session of General Conference.      The purpose is for lay and clergy members of local United Methodist churches to hear accurate information about the decisions made at the Special Called Session, as well as the process the annual conference will undertake ... read more

Way Forward Task Force Releases Report

January 29, 2019
The final report from the Western PA Conference's Task Force on A Way Forward was released today along with a statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi. The Bishop created the task force of laity and clergy to develop ways to share proposals from the denomination's Commission on A Way Forward with local church members and receive their feedback. The Commission was formed by the Council of Bishops to find a way to get past long-standing disagreements over the full inclusion of homosexuals in ... read more

Bishop, Pastor Lead Study on Sexuality and the Church

September 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 ... read more

Pgh-DC Bike-a-Thon Supports Camping

August 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.... read more

WPA Leaders React to UMC Amendment Votes

May 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 ... read more

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