WPAUMC enews - June 22, 2022

 

6/23/2022

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: A group of youth ages 11-16 spent four days canoeing the Clarion River, experiencing God's presence in the beauty of his creation and in the fellowship of teamwork and adventure. View photos on the Conference Facebook page. The Northern Wilderness Canoe Trip for older youth and adults will take place at the end of July. Learn more and register.

Meeting the Moment: Allegheny College invites clergy and laity to submit proposals for a paper on its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, which dates to 1833. Selected papers will be presented at a symposium on campus on March 17-18, 2023, then published in an edited volume. Entitled Meeting This Moment: Exploring the State of Allegheny College’s Methodist Affiliation, the symposium is not a referendum on affiliation, but an opportunity for the college community and the WPA Conference to reflect on their historic relationship, factors leading to this transitional moment, and what a future relationship might look like. Proposals will be reviewed by a team of faculty and UMC clergy, and those selected to write and present papers will receive a stipend. The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2022.  The full Call for Proposals is available on the symposium website allegheny.edu/meetingthismoment


Dismantling Racism

Save the Date: Antiracism Summit: Hosted by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race and scheduled for October 20-22, 2022, this summit will offer workshops, Bible study, panels, self-care, action and more. This event will also include a youth antiracism component and will connect with United Women in Faith. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will lead opening worship. More information and registration to be announced soon.

Meet In the Middle Podcast: This week, Rev. Dawn Lynn Check chats with Lou Ransom, Jr., a Tipstaff for the family court of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Dwayne Woodruff. He discusses the closing of the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center last year and the affect on the youth of Allegheny County since the closure. Listen here or on Spotify and Google Podcast.

Bishops’ Podcast Features ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth: Opal Lee is the 95-year-old Texan known as the “grandmother of Juneteenth” for her work to make that day celebrating slavery’s end a national holiday. She was a recent guest on the podcast “The Unfinished Church,” hosted by United Methodist Bishops LaTrelle Miller Easterling, Gregory Palmer and Michael McKee. Listen to podcast or read transcript 

Mission

UMCOR Cleaning Kits Needed: The Eastbrook Mission Barn is in need of cleaning kits to replenish their low supply. Consider making kits at your church or donate money towards the purchase of needed supplies. Find the assembly instructions here. Contact Katie Peterson at missionbarn@gmail.com or 724-856-8241 with any questions.

Applications for 2022 Mustard Seed Migration Grants are now being accepted. These grants provide up to 50 congregations in the United States with up to $2,000 in funding to support one-time, community-based projects that assist refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented persons and migrants of all types. For information on the application process, including selection criteria, visit here

Global Missions offers video and print resources to help people learn about the Global Mission Fellows program for young adults, ages 20–30, who are committed to serve in social justice ministries for two years. Download resources.

Disability Awareness: Join Rev. Debbie Hill on Saturday, June 25 for a seminar on disability awareness and engagement in our churches and communities. See flyer and register.

Resources

Wisdom Talks Newsletter: The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women has introduced a new e-newsletter that communicates information to facilitate the advancement of women at all levels of the life and mission of The United Methodist Church. Subscribe.

GCSRW's 50th anniversary celebration video: Watch "Ever Forward on Our Journey" featuring General Secretary Dawn Wiggins Hare to learn more about who they are and how they can serve you. 

Practicing Our Faith offers a way of thinking about our beliefs through the framing of twelve Christian practices. Find worship materials, downloadable study guides, books, and other resources developed over the past 20 years of this project here.

Art Needs the Church: How to Create Artisan Communities: Despite God's beautiful example, many people don’t incorporate the arts in their spiritual lives. Setting up a faith-focused artisan community can help change that. What’s more, an artisan community may be the perfect way to bring people from multiple generations together in one ministry. View ideas for getting started.