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Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference

Dr. David W. Scott examines the many ways – including their "fair share" apportionments" – that American United Methodists support missions and ministries in the UMC's Central Conferences. Read more

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Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has committed to helping Puerto Rico recover from the ravages of the 2018 hurricane season. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

More rain in the Eastern United States brought additional flooding to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference area already suffering from previous storm effects. Read more

Global Health

With 127 wildfires burning in the West and flash floods continuing to threaten the East in the United States, United Methodists are urged to continue supporting the church's efforts at disaster relief and recovery. Read more

Global Health

United Methodists, including former first lady Laura Bush, have increased their opposition to the Trump Administration's policy of separation immigrant children from their families. Read more

Advocating Justice

A team from the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences finds accomplishments and continuing needs in a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more

Global Nature

Despite continued widespread devastation, an Eastern Pennsylvania team finds Puerto Ricans retain their hope for recovery and a brighter future. Read more

Global Health

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Eastern Pennsylvania will join colleagues from the neighboring Peninsula-Delaware conference to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, while a second team will head to Puerto Rico. Read more

Global Health

3 Wise Men

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Using the biblical theme of the three wise men who visited Jesus with gifts, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will start a special emphasis on aiding hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Read more

Local Church

Medicaid Protest

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Two United Methodist Bishops joined other people of faith to protest possible cuts in Medicaid at the office of a Pennsylvania congressman. Read more

Global Health

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference clergy wearing clerical garb are invited to join Bishop Peggy Johnson to protest especially against proposed reductions in Medicaid in the U.S. Congress. Read more

Advocating Justice

Gun Violence Signs

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Broken Phone

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With the help of other clergy, the Rev. Jeremy Smith further analyzes the circumstances leading up to the departure of Wesley Church from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and keep their property. Read more

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Schaefer Appeal

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The United Methodist Judicial Council heard arguments Oct. 22 in an appeal of a jurisdictional ruling that restored the ministerial credentials of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, defrocked 10 months ago for presiding at his gay son's wedding. Read more

In the Church

Schaefer Arch Street

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has appealed the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding, to the Judicial Council. Read more

In the Church

Phillly Clergy

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Formal complaints have been brought against 36 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference clergy who concelebrated a same-sex wedding in November 2013, writes the Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Frank Schaefer

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Despite criticisms to the contrary, the United Methodist judicial system worked properly in the appeals committee ruling reinstating the Rev. Frank Schaefer, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a longtime advocate in church trial proceedings. Read more

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Frank Schaefer Restored

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In a unanimous decision, a jurisdictional appeals committee has restored the Rev. Frank Schaefer to full ordained ministry after he was defrocked six months ago for conducting a same-sex marriage for his son. Read more

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Hate Speech

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Name-calling outside the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference session was more than just a slur -- it was hate speech, says the Rev. Dr. Dave Krueger. Read more

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has committed to helping Puerto Rico recover from the ravages of the 2018 hurricane season. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

Although still under caution, Palmer Theological Seminary has received University Senate approval to continue educating United Methodist clergy in Eastern Pennsylvania. Read more

Ordained Ministry