WPAUMC enews - June 9, 2021



Annual Conference Prayer Opportunities: The Annual Conference Prayer Team will offer both in-person and online prayer opportunities as the hybrid Annual Conference session gets underway on Friday, June 18. They’ll also open a Virtual Prayer Room on Thursday evening, June 17 and all day Friday. Get details and see how you can participate.
Get Annual Conference updates and watch at wpaumc.org/AC.

We're Doing A New Thing! The Cabinets of the West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Susquehanna Conferences met together with Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Sandra Steiner Ball this week to explore opportunities to collaborate as the bishops prepare to partner in leading the three conferences. The NEJ College of Bishops announced in late March that the two bishops would provide coverage for the Susquehanna Conference, effective September 1 when Bishop Jeremiah Park retires. More information about the experimental shared leadership model will be provided during Annual Conference. See the NEJ announcement.

Killian Named to Connectional Table Staff: Grace Killian, who was approved as a provisional elder in 2020 and will be commissioned during Annual Conference, has accepted the newly created position of Board Engagement Coordinator for the denomination's Connectional Table. Grace, who grew up at Mt. Lebanon UMC and served as a Global Mission Fellow, is the daughter of incoming Pittsburgh DS Deborah Ackley-Killian and the late Rev. Earl Killian. Read more in the Connectional Table’s newsletter


Summer Opportunities: To check out some opportunities to engage in mission this summer, learn or keep up with what’s happening, read this week’s Mission News.

World Refugee Day is June 20. UMCOR offers resources to observe this day, including poems, a downloadable bulletin insert and an interactive map. UMCOR's  work with refugees began in the 1940s and continues today. An ecumenical event will be held at 7 p.m. Eastern time, June 14, to reflect, pray and listen to stories from those forced to flee from their homes.  Access resources
Register for virtual vigil


Good Neighbor Training:  Discipleship Ministries, as part of its #SeeAllThePeople movement, has formed a partnership with the Good Neighbor Experience to help congregations discover new ways to be in ministry. The Good Neighbor Experiment is a nine-month training process for congregations that want to be better neighbors in their communities. Read press release
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Webinars on Evangelism: The Foundation for Evangelism spring webinar series is now available on demand on the foundation's website. The Revs. Priscilla Pope-Levison of Perkins School of Theology and Jeffrey Conklin-Miller of Duke Divinity School each lead a webinar based on their recent books aimed at helping people share the good news of Christ. View webinars


Forging A Meaningful Consensus: Ann Michel of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership says that unanimity is not required for a group to move forward. Good leaders drive consensus by extracting different opinions and views, listening carefully for threads of agreement, and then clarifying a way forward. Read more

Upcoming Events

Service of Lament: Carnegie UMC will host a Service of Lament at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 13 to remember loved ones lost, experiences missed or other losses during the COVID pandemic. Music will be provided by pianist Bill Davidson and vocalist Sarah Richards. All are invited to join in speaking, praying and singing our lament to God. Masks required while inside the church, located at 415 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106.

Relaunch Playbook with Kay Kotan: Time's running out to register for the Ultimate Relaunch Playbook webinar with church consultant and author Kay Kotan. It’s June 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register