WPAUMC enews - January 12, 2023



What we mean when we pray for Damar Hamlin: Rev. Erik Hoeke reflects on Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin's scary injury that led to an outpouring of prayer, asking, “But what do we mean when we ‘Pray for Damar’ and invite others to pray as well?” Read TribLIVEarticle

Ministry Moment: Erie Church Offers Warmth, Fellowship on Christmas Day: On Christmas Sunday, First United Methodist Church in downtown Erie had the distinct privilege and pleasure to host approximately 40 guests made up of a small portion of Erie's population experiencing homelessness. Read story.

Clergy Session: The 2023 Clergy Session will be held Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 10:30 am at Dutilh UMC (1270 Dutilh Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066) to vote on Board of Ordained Ministry's recommendations regarding Clergy Conference Relations. Register.

Meet in the Middle: Rev. Zayzay Kpadeh sits down with Rev. Dr. Asa Lee,  President of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and share how Dr. Lee came to PTS,  his thoughts on racism in America and the World, and his thoughts on the future of the church. Listen.

Albright-Deering Lecture: Don't miss this year's PTS Albright-Deering Workshop and Lecture, with speaker Dr. Karen Scheib, professor emerita of pastoral care and pastoral theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. 

  • On Feb. 15, move beyond the concept of self-care toward a theological vision of flourishing at the WPAUMC workshop "Cultivating Clergy-Wellbeing” held at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin and livestreamed to Olmsted Manor and Jumonville. Register.
  • On Feb. 16,  consider how we engage in the processes of healing after facing various sorts of losses and grief at the PTS lecture "Restorying in the Wake of Loss." Register.


UMC Bishops Ask Church Court for Clarification on 2024 Conference: The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is petitioning the denomination’s top court for clarification on its recent decision regarding the General Conference that will be held in 2024. Read more

Good and Bad News in State of the Church: In the debut of his “Bar of the Conference” podcast, United Methodist campus minister Derrick Scott III talks to the Rev. Jeremy Smith, senior pastor of First United Methodist in Seattle and longtime blogger on church issues. Smith likens this season for The United Methodist Church to the year's longest night. However, he also believes 2023 will bring better days. Listen to podcast.


Committed to The UMC: As churches take votes to disaffiliate, some may wish to remain in the United Methodist Church. Information for those committed to The UMC can find resources here. Return to this page regularly to explore the latest resources as they emerge.

Get bookish in 2023: NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For many United Methodists, a new year is a good time to plan to read more, research a new area of interest or dig deeper in the Bible. Crystal Caviness has recommendations to help with those studious endeavors. Read story.