Conference News


Christian Love Supports Addiction Recovery

July 15, 2019
More than 125 people gathered at Butler First United Methodist Church in late June to explore how local churches can respond to those struggling with addiction in their communities. Speakers included leaders in the recovery community, certified addiction counselors, leaders from congregations partnering with those in recovery, and representatives of programs and agencies addressing addiction and prevention.  The overall message was this: The love and support of a caring Christian community ... read more

Kissinger To Lead WPA Disaster Response

July 15, 2019
The Western PA Disaster Response Ministries Team has been lending assistance on a case by case basis in areas affected by flash flooding and tornado activity this summer.  As of July 1, 2019, David Kissinger of Elton: Zion UMC, who has served as coordinator of the Johnstown District Disaster Response Team since 2015, is coordinating the Conference Disaster Response Ministries Team. Kissinger has been involved in Disaster Response Ministry for several years in Pennsylvania and beyond, including ... read more

WPAUMC enews --July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019
Watch Mollie at Youth 2019! Outgoing Conference Youth Ministry Team President Mollie Landman will be a main speaker during opening worship Wednesday night at Youth 2019 in Kansas City. The service is being live-streamed and Mollie’s scheduled to go on stage about 9:10 p.m. EDT (8:10 in St. Louis). Several members of YMT traveled to the event with Youth/Young Adult Ministries Coordinator Amanda Gilligan and other youth leaders. Watch and learn more at See Livestream Read more about... read more

WPAUMC enews --July 3, 2019

July 5, 2019
Serving in a New Appointment? As you settle into your new ministry setting, we offer prayers and two reminders for you: If you have a new address, you must update your clearances. Clearances are tied to your address. Get details on getting clearances at If you have a new email, mailing address or phone numbers, be sure to update your records through the WPAUMC clergy dashboard. Navigate! If you’re ready to go deeper in your ministry, bring a team from your church ... read more

WPAUMC enews --June 26, 2019

June 27, 2019
Addiction Recovery Seminar: More than 120 people gathered at First UMC in Butler last Saturday for the Conference-sponsored Addiction Recovery Seminar. They explored how local churches can respond to those struggling with addiction in their communities. Speakers included leaders in the recovery community, certified addiction counselors, leaders from congregations partnering with those in recovery, and representatives of programs and agencies addressing addiction and prevention. See photo album ... read more

Earthkeepers Training set for Aug. 8-11

June 26, 2019
Global Ministries, the UMC missions agency, will offer its EarthKeepers training in “creation care” at Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia from Aug 8-11. The training, the first of three scheduled around the nation, will equip United Methodists to develop environmental stewardship initiatives in their churches and communities and connect them with others in the church who are actively engaged in such work. Global Ministries will pay all costs for the training, food and lodging, but July 1 is the  ... read more

UMCOR: Pray, Act for Suffering Children

June 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 ... read more

Matoushaya Named to Advisory Group

June 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 ... read more

WPAUMC enews --June 19, 2019

June 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. ... read more

Alyce Weaver Dunn to Lead 2020 Delegation

June 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... 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

Mission Barn Entry Road Floods

June 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... read more

WPAUMC enews --June 12, 2019

June 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 read more

Annual Conference 2019 Wrap-up

June 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.” ... read more

Bishop: Rules Followed in Delegate Elections

June 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 includes this statement: Throughout the election process, care shall be given to select a slate of delegates who reflect our ... read more

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