WPAUMC enews - 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 who are struggling because of inflation. He and other speakers recognized Roots of Faith for their invaluable service to a community that is slowly but surely combating a high level of poverty. See more

Matoushaya Recognized for Service: Pittsburgh Magazine named Sandra Matoushaya, Conference Missional Engagement Coordinator, as one of their "40 Under 40" honorees. Every year the magazine recognizes 40 outstanding individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. Congratulations, Sandra!

Regional Staff Update: In addition to her new position as Coordinator of Clergy and Lay Excellence, Rev. Chenda will continue to act as the Regional Coordinator of Spiritual Formation in the Pittsburgh/Butler districts. Read more about Lee

UM News

Bishops Agree on Ways to Tackle Gun Violence; Church DIsaffiliations: The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church ended its summer 2022 meeting last Friday (Aug.26) with a call to act against gun violence and to create a uniform approach to the way in which bishops would deal with the process of disaffiliation in their areas. Read story

Part 3: Is The United Methodist Church Really...? In this third part of a series answering frequently asked questions, Ask the UMC offers accurate responses to misperceptions or misinformation on disaffiliation, the UMC stance on abortion and apportionment withholding. Read more

Annual Conference Reports: UM News has collected Annual Conference reports from across the denomination. These reports highlight key legislation, important moments, financial reports and more. See reports

Labor Day

Sabbath Rest As Equality: "When everyone has the chance to rest, and everyone can worship together, then we begin to foster an environment of security, respect, and dignity that gives equal worth to all people," writes Rev. Erik Hoeke for Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. "Whatever our civil relationships are to each other during the week, in worship we recognize Sabbath as a great equalizer, where all are equally at rest and so all are equal." Read more

Does The United Methodist Church Support Workers' Rights? From the beginning, the Methodist movement has focused particular attention on the concerns of workers. Justice, dignity and equality for workers are an integral part of our social teachings and heritage. Methodists have been a part of the labor movement throughout history, committed to fairness and justice in the workplace. Read more

Equipping Leaders

The Wardrobe of Faith: In a recent blog post, Director of Connectional Ministries Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn invites you to do some “back to school” shopping and to “put on the whole armor of God." Read her blog.  

Generation Alpha, Generation Hope: Patricia Peña explains Generation Alpha and the ways the church can reach the generation that is "fully immersed online, the most diverse, the first to live in the most "unconventional" homes, the most globally accessible group, and the first of many more." Read her commentary.

Upcoming Events

Autism Awareness Training: Ministering to Families:  Scheduled for September 23, this event will teach participants to address and implement ideas and practices that will help guide God's people to be more supportive and inclusive with those in their churches and communities with varying diagnoses and abilities. The Center for Achievement on Pennsylvania Avenue in Irwin PA will explain strategies on how clergy and laity can extend a genuine welcome and meet the unique needs of those with autism, behavioral health challenges, intellectual disabilities, and/or other learning differences. Register by September 1 for the discounted registration price.