The week of Christian Unity became real in tangible and spiritual ways on Jan. 25, at the famed National Cathedral in Washington D.C. when Christ set the banquet table and the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell served Communion to the people of God in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches. The United Methodist clergywoman serves as the Episcopal cathedral's Canon Precentor, overseeing about 2,200 worship and devotional experiences each year. But before the Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreement, she was not permitted to preside over Communion. Her actions in the sanctuary were hailed by leaders of both denominations as “historic,” as she brought the new agreement to life in a way that “significantly deepens the expression and practice of Christian unity,” said Bishop Marcus Matthews of the UMC's Baltimore-Washington Conference. Learn more...

By the Rev. Greg Ellis, new Conference Disaster Response Ministries Coordinator

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) turns 75 this year. What started as a relief effort to help a war ravaged China in 1940 has grown and transformed into a well known, highly respected, global humanitarian and relief organization of The United Methodist Church.

As Christians, we believe that all persons are created in the image of God and have the right to a full and abundant life. Through the work of UMCOR, lives are being transformed and communities strengthened. How does a small organization with a small budget accomplish this? Because YOU are UMCOR!

United Methodists in Sierra Leone joined other citizens in celebrating a new year with fresh hope of ending the Ebola epidemic there. Daily reports of new cases are sometimes in the single digits instead of hundreds. A two-week lockdown imposed at Christmas prohibited travel and large crowds, and those restrictions were extended Jan. 19 for another two weeks in hopes of ending the deadly epidemic by March. And more hope arrived with the announcement that schools – closed for eight months because of Ebola – will reopen in March.

Learn more at umc.org...

Among the many thousands who will travel to Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 1, for pro football's Super Bowl, many will be there under coercion as victims of human trafficking. The largest annual U.S. sporting event is a popular draw for traffickers who provide helpless victims as unpaid laborers and prostitutes. United Methodist Women, as part of its ongoing campaign against trafficking, urges women everywhere to participate in a symbolic, photographic witness against this cruel crime. 

In the wake of the January 2015 attacks by terrorists in Paris and a massacre by Boko Haram in Nigeria, many are wondering what the relationship between Christians and Muslims is supposed to look like. A few years ago a United Methodist church in Alexandria, Va., drew a storm of public attention when it allowed a nearby Muslim congregation to use its fellowship hall for Friday worship when the neighboring mosque was being displaced during renovations.The two congregations had chances to get acquainted and learn much from each other. Such redemptive encounters can help us fulfill teachings of the Bible and John Wesley to be people of peace and reconciliation.

From the EPA Conference Benefits Office: We have been experiencing a difficult transition to our new insurance carriers: Independence Blue Cross and United Concordia (UCCI) Dental.  This is due, in part, to using a "passive" enrollment process to keep members from having to complete enrollment forms. The larger difficulty has been system problems at Independence Blue Cross and a combination of errors that were beyond the control of the EPA Benefits Office. 

We are doing our best to answer email and phone messages; but if you have not had a response from us directly yet, we apologize. In the meantime, please use the links below to view helpful FAQ documents. 

March 21: Please register now! The EPA Conference will welcome Thom and Joani Schultz, co-authors of the provocative book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Church Irresistible, as keynote presenters at its 2015 conference-wide evangelism event on Saturday, March 21, at New Hanover UMC.

Watch the TV news or visit the outskirts of some towns, and you will find people living in the margins of society, struggling to survive. Jesus made the most of his ministry serving those whom he called “the least of these.” He embraced them and helped them to reach their potential. United Methodists support the Human Relations Day offering because Christ calls us to follow his example, reaching our potential as disciples by helping others to reach theirs. Learn more...

Also, Grace UMC in Chester received funds from the Human Relations Day offering to accelerate its youth program based on motor sports, hoping to interest youth in careers in science, aviation, engineering, computer programming and education. The support gave their program "vroom to grow."  Read story...

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church

Welcome! The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of about 465 churches, which serve nearly 125,000 members in 16 counties. Led by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, the Conference's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Today, this mission is the focus of the conference’s 465 churches, congregations which speak to diverse and multi-generational populations in the many cities, towns, and rural areas throughout our area. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and its sister Peninsula/Delaware Conference together compose the Philadelphia Area, with nearly 1,000 churches served by Bishop Peggy Johnson.

If you are a clergy person or member of one of our 465 churches, we invite you to explore this website for resources and information to support you in your effort to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a welcoming faith family, we invite you to visit a United Methodist Church in your community: www.find-a-church.org.

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Office: 980 Madison Ave., Norristown, PA 19403; telephone 610-666-9090; fax 610-666-9093.

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