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Puerto Rican Methodists tackle earthquake response

January 13, 2020

Puerto Rican Methodists tackle earthquake response

A home in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, lies in ruins following a series of earthquakes. Hundreds of homes along the island’s southern coast were destroyed or severely damaged, leaving many people afraid to sleep indoors. Photo courtesy of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. By Dan Curran Jan. 10, 2020 | UM News   The Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Ponce, Puerto Rico, suffered extensive damage in a series of earthquakes that have rattled the area since Dec. 28. Photo courtesy of the ...

Eye of the Needle: A Case for Unburdening in 2020

January 09, 2020

Eye of the Needle: A Case for Unburdening in 2020

Jesus said “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to gain eternal life.” (Matthew 19:24). Scholars have contemplated the meaning of this for ages.    Was he talking about a sewing needle, which is a hyperbole?  A camel and a sewing needle are impossibly out of proportion. It is similar to the analogy that Jesus made about removing a speck from our neighbor’s eye with a plank (Matthew 7:3-5). This extreme is used to drive home an important spiritual ...

Preparing W-2s for Clergy

January 06, 2020

Preparing W-2s for Clergy


United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops sign agreement aimed at separation

January 03, 2020

United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops sign agreement aimed at separation

New Year's Greetings,   This letter from the Council of Bishops is to inform the church about some significant mediation progress that has been happening with regards to our denominational impasse around homosexuality.  This is a work in progress but I believe there may be a way forward at last. Please read this document and prayerfully consider the impact this can have on our 2020 General Conference. - Bishop Peggy A. Johnson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, ...

Bishop Peggy Johnson's 2020 New Year Message

December 23, 2019

Bishop Peggy Johnson's 2020 New Year Message

Recorded December 5, 2019 “Go for the Gold” (Adapted from a video script by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson) Many of us make New Year’s resolutions in January every year.  Health clubs and diet plans abound; but often we forget these resolutions before the end of the month. However, I appeal to you all: In 2020, let’s “Go for the Gold!” The summer 2020 Olympics will be in Tokyo, Japan; and as we know, athletes from around the world will be competing to win gold medals, the top achievement. Silver and ...

Palmer Seminary Honors Bishop Fisher with New Scholarships

December 15, 2019

Palmer Seminary Honors Bishop Fisher with New Scholarships

Palmer Theological Seminary announces the inauguration of the Bishop Violet Fisher Scholarship for students from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and the Peninsula Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church.  One 75% tuition and one 50% tuition scholarship will be available to students in each of the two conferences, as the seminary’s way of celebrating Bishop Fisher and her ministry. The Seminary, located on the campus of Eastern University in St. David’s, PA, offers graduate ...

Disability Awareness Day - “Yes, We Can” Conference

December 03, 2019

Disability Awareness Day - “Yes, We Can” Conference

Join us on Saturday, March 14th for an impactful event! We will be at Wyoming UMC, 216 Wyoming Mill Rd, Dover, DE 19904 From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the keynote Speaker: The Rev. Rebecca Holland, author of the recently released book,” The United Methodist Church and Disability: Essays and Practical Tips for Churches, Clergy, and People with Disabilities”. Rev. Holland is a visually impaired writer and half-Filipino clergywoman. A Wesley Theological Seminary graduate, she is chair of the Disability ...