UMCOR: Pray, Act for Suffering Children

published 6/26/2019
In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has received numerous requests to respond. "We have heard the plea for action from the church. Unfortunately, the facilities in question are managed in such a way that precludes even UMCOR’s assistance. Access to these government facilities is extremely limited," the relief agency said in a press release on Wednesday, June 26. As the arm of The ...

Matoushaya Named to Advisory Group

published 6/24/2019
Sandra Matoushaya, Mission Engagement Coordinator for the Western PA Conference, has been named to an advisory panel to work with the UMC Board of Church and Society on training efforts to help congregations engage in Ministry WITH the poor to address causes of poverty. Over the past few years, Church and Society has engaged in conversations with more than 250 ministries across the United Methodist connection. These ministries are in relationship WITH their communities in meaningful ways that ...

WPAUMC enews --June 19, 2019

published 6/20/2019
Annual Conference 2020: The dates for Annual Conference 2020 were confirmed today. The session will be June 11-13, 2020 at Grove City College. Weaver Dunn to Lead 2020 Delegation: Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn was elected to chair Western PA’s delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional conferences. See the other leaders and learn more. Annual Conference Reports: Lay members are invited to use resources from the Conference website to prepare annual conference reports for their congregations. ...

Alyce Weaver Dunn to Lead 2020 Delegation

published 6/19/2019
The Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, WPAUMC Director of Connectional Ministries, has been elected to chair the Western PA delegation to General Conference 2020. She is the first clergywoman to do so. Two laywomen have served in the post.  Dunn is just the second woman to be elected first as a clergy delegate. The first was the Rev. Aimee Twigg, now a retired elder, in 2000. That year, the first-elected laity delegate served as chairperson of the delegation. At the close of the annual conference session...

Bishop, Faith Leaders to Join in Juneteenth Events

published 6/19/2019
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 ...

Mission Barn Entry Road Floods

published 6/18/2019
Flooding from severe storms passing through the New Castle area June 17-18 has affected the entry road and ramp to the Eastbrook Mission Barn, an official UMCOR depot where cleaning (flood) buckets and hygiene kits are verified and processed. Repair work began Wednesday, June 19 and were expected to continue through the week of June 24-29. The Mission Barn is one of eight depots in the The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Satellite Network.  Mission Barn Director Katie Peterson has...

WPAUMC enews --June 12, 2019

published 6/13/2019
Annual Conference Wrap-Up: The June 6-8, 2019 Annual Conference session ended about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday evening. Only about one-third of the voting members remained through the late afternoon on Saturday. Read wrap-up story. Delegate Elections: A report on the balloting for 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates, with a list of those elected, is on the Conference website here. Annual Conference photos are available on the Conference Flickr pages or at revrichpearson.com/Annual-...

Annual Conference 2019 Wrap-up

published 6/12/2019
--By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- The 2019 Western PA Annual Conference session held June 6-8 at Grove City College included spirit-filled  worship, inspiring messages and celebrations, as well as times of tension as ballots were cast for delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences and a petition was approved asking the General Conference “to begin the process of an amicable, fair and mutually agreed upon process of dissolution of The United Methodist Church.” ...

Bishop: Rules Followed in Delegate Elections

published 6/7/2019
--By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has ruled that the election of 12 delegates to the 2020 General Conference who were endorsed by the Western PA Wesleyan Covenant Association was done through a fair and open process and followed the letter of the law, in this case a Conference rule.  The rule in question -- Rule 2.3.10.3 includes this statement: Throughout the election process, care shall be given to select a slate of delegates who reflect our ...

Bishop Commissions Husband as Provisional Elder

published 6/3/2019
Pittsburgh Area Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi may have made history Saturday, June 1 at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference when, perhaps the first time, a bishop commissioned her husband as a Provisional Elder. The bishop was a district superintendent in Baltimore-Washington when she elected to the episcopacy in 2016 and she returned home to commission her husband, Raphael Koikoi Jr. “I knew that she was going to be a part of the service,” said Koikoi. “But I’m kneeling there, and I feel ...

WPAUMC enews --May 29, 2019

published 6/1/2019
Annual Conference 2019 is next week, with the official start on Thursday, June 5 and optional Day of Preparation prayer walk, healing service and learning opportunities on Wednesday, June 4. For logistical details, read the Pre-Conference Journal opening pages. Use the link at wpaumc.org/AC. Summer Licensing School: Application forms are now available for the Summer Residential Licensing School, scheduled for Sunday evening, July 28 through Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 7 at Olmsted Manor Retreat ...

WPAUMC enews --May 22, 2019

published 5/23/2019
Annual Conference: About 1300 people are registered to attend the WPAUMC Annual Conference at Grove City College from June 5-8. If you are a voting member and haven’t yet registered, do it now using the link at wpaumc.org/AC. Delegate Elections: One order of business at Annual Conference will be election of delegates for the 2020 General Conference. The Commission on Religion and Race offers two slide presentations explaining how delegates are elected and how the General Conference operates. ...

Johnstown Tour Highlight of NEJ History Gathering

published 5/22/2019
“By Water and Spirit” was the theme of the 2019 spring gathering of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History, which drew about 55 laity and clergy to the Johnstown District in early May. The event was hosted by the Western PA Archives and History Commission, chaired by the Rev. Ed Herald.  A tour of the area's historic sites was a highlight for participants. (To see photos and learn more about the sites, click on the photo below and look through the event booklet.)   ...

WPAUMC enews --May 15, 2019

published 5/16/2019
Addiction Epidemic Response: Laity, clergy, friends and family are invited to a June 22 Addiction Response Seminar designed to help individuals and church teams learn practical ways to support those in addiction or recovery and their families. Sponsored by the Conference, it will be at Butler First UMC. Get details and register. Deaf Ministry Boot Camp Cancelled: This May 18 event with Rev. Leo Yates of UMC Ministries with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been cancelled due to low registration....

UMC Advocates Discuss Process, Changes

published 5/14/2019
Connellsville District Supt. Robert Zilhaver shared an analysis of recent Judicial Council decisions during a recent gathering of Associates in Advocacy, laity and clergy who walk through the disciplinary process with clergy accused of church violating church law. The group met May 8-9, 2019 gathering in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.  Rev. Robert Zilhaver Besides the Judicial Council decisions, Zilhaver addressed the new administrative appeals process and the principle of legality. There was ...

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