Conference News

Pryor Installed as Washington District Superintendent

October 10, 2022
The Rev. Ross Pryor was installed as superintendent of the Washington District during a service on October, 9, 2022 at Jefferson Ave. United Methodist Church. Rev. Pryor preached on Joshua 1:1-9 with a particular emphasis on the verse that reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). In his spirited and passionate message, Rev. Pryor recognized the need for courage and ... read more

WPAUMC enews - October 5, 2022

October 5, 2022
Bishop Issues Statement on Hurricane Ian: Bishop Moore-Koikoi urged Western PA United Methodists to pray for those affected by the devastating hurricane that hit Florida last week. Read statement.  NEJ Calls Special Session: The Northeastern Jurisdiction, of which WPA is a part, has called a special session for Oct. 15 to be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delegates will vote on the number of bishops to elect during the coming Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference to be held Nov. 2-4 in ... read more

Bishop's Statement on Hurricane Ian

October 2, 2022
Siblings in Christ, I greet you in the name and with the love of Jesus Christ. By now we have all seen the devastating photos and videos from southwest Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian. My heart aches for those who have suffered catastrophic loss in the aftermath of this vicious storm. While much of the state was affected by strong winds and flooding, the communities of Sanibel, Cape Coral and Fort Myers were especially hit hard. I urge you to join me in praying for these communities. While... read more

WPAUMC enews - September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022
Bishop Addresses Disinformation: As churches discern whether to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church, disinformation has spread about who we are as United Methodists. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi addresses some of that disinformation. Watch video.  Prayers for Florida: Join us in prayer as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida. This hurricane has potential to be catastrophic and reports show mass flooding and property damage. You can support those affected by this and other disasters ... read more

Addressing Disinformation

September 28, 2022
As churches discern whether to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church and the Western PA Conference, disinformation about who we are as United Methodists has spread. In this video, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi addresses some of that disinformation.  She discusses:  The ways in which the United Methodist Church remains unchanged when it comes to our core beliefs The United Methodist Church's foundational documents (and the unlikelihood of these being changed by the denomination) The ... read more

WPAUMC enews - September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022
Park to Serve Christ Church, NYC: On September 18, 2022, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi announced a new appointment for current Butler District superintendent Rev. Dr. Eric Park. Effective February 1, 2023 he will serve Christ Church, United Methodist in New York City. Read more.  IMAP Household Description Survey: Since accurate and helpful descriptions of the three Households will be crucial as congregations, laity, and clergy discern their futures, the IMAP Task Force has decided to invite ... read more

Park to Serve Christ Church, United Methodist in New York City

September 18, 2022
On September 18, 2022, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi announced a new appointment for current Butler District superintendent Rev. Dr. Eric Park. "It is with mixed emotions that I announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Eric Park to the Christ Church, United Methodist in New York City effective February 1, 2023," wrote Bishop Moore-Koikoi. "Several months ago Bishop Thomas Bickerton called me to ask permission to contact Rev. Park in order to invite him into the discernment process. Bishop Bickerton ... read more

Jesus Christ is Our Anchor

September 6, 2022
We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf has entered, having become a high priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek.  Hebrews 6:19-20 Siblings in Christ,   I pray that all our souls are anchored in Christ, who is our hope.    This past summer I had the opportunity to rest and relax with my husband and fur baby, be educated around leadership and my African American ... read more

WPAUMC enews - August 31, 2022

August 31, 2022
tGun Violence Awareness: WPXI reported on the display outside of Sewickley United Methodist Church that remembers those lost to gun violence and encourages people to do something about it. Sixty-five T-shirts sit on 65 poles, each representing someone lost to gun violence in Allegheny County. Read story.  Photo courtesy of Sewickley UMC PA Governor Visits Roots of Faith: Governor Tom Wolf delivered remarks at Roots of Faith in Sharpsburg to outline a proposed program to assist Pennsylvanians ... read more

Lennox Named New Shared Director of Communications

July 22, 2022
After an extensive job search, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, episcopal leaders of the Susquehanna and Western Pennsylvania Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church, are “ecstatic to announce that Liz Lennox will serve in the shared position of Director of Communications for the Susquehanna and Western Pennsylvania Annual Conferences.” The new position will create and oversee communications strategies for both Conferences and will collaborate with the ... read more

Death of Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference DS

July 19, 2022
We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the friends and family of District Superintendent Autura Eason-Williams. Rev. Dr. Eason-Williams was shot and killed outside of her home in Memphis, TN as her car was being stolen. We grieve her senseless death alongside the members of the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Annual Conference and the Metro District.   Please keep all involved lifted in prayer. Read the statement from the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. Read the UM News story. read more

Mission u Focus: Who Can We Be Together?

July 18, 2022
Revs. Beth L. Nelson and Terry Shaffer, longtime pastors who have been involved in mission and community outreach throughout their ministries, will lead participants at the 2022 Mission u in exploring Who Can We Be Together? The focus will be on Building Communities of Hope and Joy, becoming the communities God wants us to be.  Mission u will be held from Friday evening, August 19 through lunch on Sunday, August 21 at Jumonville.  Beth Nelson has much experience in building communities of hope ... read more

Episcopacy Committee Thanks Bishop Moore-Koikoi

July 7, 2022
The 2021-2022 Committee on Episcopacy today released a statement thanking Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi for her continued care and leadership of the Western Pennsylvania Conference, while she also served with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of West Virginia as Interim Bishops of the Harrisburg Area, which includes the Susquehanna Conference. The shared leadership model was announced shortly before Harrisburg Area Bishop Jeremiah Park retired in 2021. The 2021-2022 Committee on Episcopacy of The ... read more

WPAUMC enews - June 29, 2022

June 30, 2022
Mapletown UMC Rises from Ashes: The Observer-Reporter published a story about Mapletown UMC breaking ground on their new church building after a devastating fire in 2020. Read more.  The Northeast Jurisdictional Conference: After the UMC Judicial Council ruled that Jurisdictional Conferences can elect new bishops this year, the Council of Bishops scheduled the elections for Nov. 2-5. Newly elected bishops take office on Jan. 1. The Baltimore-Washington Conference will host the NEJ Conference. ... read more

WPAUMC enews - June 22, 2022

June 23, 2022
Summer Solstice Event at Calvary UMC: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a story about the summer solstice event held at Calvary UMC that showcased the church’s iconic windows. Read the story.  Grant recipients The Foundation for Evangelism announced 31 recipients awarded grants in its inaugural Equipping the Local Church Grants 2022 cycle. Three Western Pennsylvania ministries were selected: Lakeside UMC, Girard UMC, and About Face Church Outreach Consultants. Read more. Youth Canoe Journey:... read more

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