WPAUMC enews --August 21, 2019


ELCA-UMC - A Season of Celebrating - 10 Years of Full Communion
Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Full Communion Agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland. Bishop Kurt Kusserow of the Southwestern PA Synod of the ELCA will be preaching and Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will be presiding. Service will include celebration of Holy Communion, recognition of shared ministries, special guest musicians, and refreshments and time for conversation following the service. All clergy and laity are invited to attend. 

This service will kick off A Season of Celebrating in which UMC and ELCA churches throughout Southwestern PA are invited to reach out to their nearest UMC or ELCA congregation to plan your own joint worship service, bible study, fellowship meal, or mission project. See flyer.

March to Unite: The Pan Methodist Council of Western Pennsylvania has noticed a great thirst for unity in our various communities. With hopes of quenching that thirst, we’ve joined with several faith-based organizations and social groups to organize Western Pennsylvania’s first annual “March to Unite” scheduled for September 7th, 2019. It is our goal through this event to unite Western Pennsylvanians from various social, religious and economic backgrounds for a prayer rally and march for peace and reconciliation. See graphic.

Moving Mountains: Clergy Spouse Retreat: The 2019 Clergy Spouse Retreat will be held September 27-28,2019 at Jumonville. This retreat includes a spiritual direction workshop, prayer room, walk to Green Cathedral, and a craft workshop. Register by September 13.

Global Mission Revival: WPAUMC's Global Mission Network will host  an opportunity on Saturday, October 5 to learn more about our Conference's various global partnerships, explore the importance and impact of our global connections, and consider how God might be calling churches and individuals to get more involved. Register for this event.  

How to Set Your Pastor's Salary for 2020: The updated document on how to set your pastor's salary is now available. This can be downloaded here or found on the conference website.

United Methodist News

Energy Crisis in Zimbabwe: HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News)-- For up to 18 hours each day, there is no electricity in Zimbabwe, and for at least six of those hours, the country is plunged into total darkness. The daily power outages are taking a toll on The United Methodist Church and its related ministries, including hospitals and schools. Read story

What to Expect at GC 2020: Organizers hope to improve proceedings at General Conference 2020 with measures including stricter requirements for credentials. Read the UM News story.

UMCNext Plan Would End LGBTQ Restrictions: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News)-- The UMCNext coalition has released a plan that would remove restrictions against same-sex weddings and ordination of LGBTQ clergy. The plan also would let local churches vote to leave the denomination. Meanwhile, bishops from central conferences held talks among theologically diverse United Methodists, acknowledging some form of separation appears inevitable due to division over homosexuality.
Read story
Read Council of Bishops press release

Community Engagement Trainings

Examine Your Implicit Bias: Research has shown that Implicit Bias affects the behavior of all people – no exceptions.  These biases are so ingrained into our subconscious that we are unaware of their presence, yet they influence how we behave. Implicit bias can cause us to behave in ways that are not harmonious with our strongly held convictions or beliefs.
This Implicit Bias Workshop provides the opportunity to learn what implicit bias is and how it affects our behavior, and what we mean by the terms race and racism.  While implicit bias is present in most dimensions of life, as anti-racists we desire to be more aware of implicit biases related to race so that our actions do not have to be controlled by them.
This workshop will be facilitated by members of the Christ UMC Anti-Racism Team and will be held at Christ UMC in Bethel Park.  Register online.

Allies in Faith: More than 20,000 immigrants from all across the globe have moved to Southwest Pennsylvania in the past decade. Is your congregation prepared to welcome your newest neighbors? What kind of outreach would best meet the needs of your community?

Join with clergy, community experts, and recent immigrants on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12 for the “Allies in Faith: Encouraging Hospitality to Immigrants” program. For this program, Christian Associates of Southwest PA (CASP) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be joining again to offer a two-day learning experience for clergy and religious leaders. More information and registration.

Healing Communities Training: Pennsylvania Council of Churches Advocacy is hosting the “Healing Communities Training” at The Church of the Holy Cross in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday October 5 from 9 am to 4 pm. Healing Communities is a proven, national model developed to engage congregations in restoration and healing of their own members who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. See the flyer.


2020 Worship Planning Resources: The two-page listing of Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings and liturgical colors is now available. This 2020 resource includes Sundays and Special Days, along with space for your own notes. Download the calendar. The 2020 Worship and Music Planning Calendar is also available. This resource is the full music and worship planning calendar for each Sunday in 2020. Download the worship and music planning calendar.

400 Years of Slavery Resource: Four hundred years ago in August of 1619, about 50 people stolen from their homes in Angola arrived in Jamestown, Virginia — the first African slaves in what is now the U.S. An article released last month by United Methodist News reflects on our shameful history and the still present racism in many of our communities today. An article published last month by UM News provides resources endorsed by three United Methodist agencies to help Christians study and commemorate the beginning of slavery in the U.S. Use these resources to begin or continue the hard conversations around racism in your own church and community.

New location for UMC Resources?: Please note that your new source for leadership products, resources and more is UMCGiving.Outreach.com.
Orders can no longer be fulfilled from the former online store at shop.umc.org.