WPAUMC enews - Nov. 16, 2022



Ackley-Killian to Service Pittsburgh, Butler Districts: On Monday, November 15, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi announced through email that Rev. Deborah Ackley-Killian will serve both the Pittsburgh and Butler districts effective January 1, 2023. Read more

"Meeting this Moment" Symposium: Three Western PA clergy will be deliver papers at  “Meeting This Moment: Exploring the State of Allegheny College’s Methodist Affiliation,” a symposium that will be held at Allegheny on March 17-18, 2023. The Revs. Susan Moudry, Erik Hoeke, and Lynette Moran will join writers from the college in presenting papers related to the two institutions' long relationship. Keynote speakers include UMC Bishop Pete Weaver, who is from Western Pennsylvania; Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of Trinity College; and Melissa Spas, a 2003 Allegheny alumna who was recently named vice president for religion at Chautauqua Institution. Details about these speakers and the papers selected for presentation are available on the symposium website. Registration will be available in January.

Albright-Deering Lecture: This annual lecture will be held February 15-16, 2023. The February 15 WPAUMC Workshop will be held at Christ Church UMC in Bethel Park and livestreamed to Olmsted Manor and Jumonville. The February 16 Albright-Deering Lecture, Worship, and Lunch will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. "Moving through grief requires us to make meaning of the loss, which occurs largely through the construction of story, and reimagining our future. Drawing together the insights from narrative theory and recent bereavement research on meaning-making Dr. Karen Scheib will help consider how we engage in these processes of healing." Learn more and register

Nyadire Connection Newsletter: The most recent edition of the newsletter highlighting the ministry of the Nyadire Connection includes information about their “meet the match” clinics challenge, exciting new initiatives from the Girl Empowerment Pad program,  project to provide fuel for cooking at the Home of Hope, and more. Download newsletter

UM News & Commentary

Advancement of Women in Episcopal Elections: Last week, The United Methodist Church welcomed 7 (out of 13) new female bishops to lead our Annual Conferences for the future of our ministry. CGSRW encourages you to check out their updated charts that breakdown the percentage of female and male bishops across the United Stated in the UMC.

Commentary: Is this a time for innovation within The United Methodist Church? Rev. D.G. Hollums asks, “What if this time of pruning and ripping apart in The United Methodist Church could be a time of renewal and dreaming?” Read commentary

What does it mean to be a United Methodist? United Methodist Communications’ research team wants to hear from you about what it means to be a United Methodist. The denomination’s communications agency is looking for feedback on a variety of topics in an effort to listen and learn from church members to inform UMCom’s work. The survey will take about 10 minutes and all of the information provided will be kept strictly confidential. Questions can be directed to Teresa Faust at tfaust@umcom.org. Take survey.


11 Ways to Make Christmas Your Best Outreach of the Year: Take advantage of the most celebrated time of the year! Make a plan and build the church invite into your outreach to the community using these 11 tips from Carey Nieuwhof. Read more

UM Student Day Sunday Pastor and Leader Kit: This year, the official date for United Methodist Student Day is Nov. 27, 2022. This Special Sunday kit provides a full package of ready-to-use resources to help your church celebrate United Methodist Student Day Special Sunday and define how we give, why we give and the impact we make through connectional efforts. Download resources

#GivingTuesday: Created in 2012, GivingTuesday is a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. A number of United Methodist organizations and agencies are encouraging giving on this day. See local affiliated agency information and UMC missions