Conference charts new pathways to a future that is Now

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In-person and livestream SUNDAYS - 8:15 traditional Organ, 9:30 a.m. contemporary, 11 a.m. traditional

by: Karl Smith

05/24/2022

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From our Conference website:

“Now” is a word that implies something “New” is about to happen; and that makes “Now” an apt theme for the 236th Session of the Eastern PA Annual Conference, May 20-21. The conference’s third online session was fully staged this time at West Chester UMC, using a mix of live, onsite “holy conferencing,” reports and worship, along with some recorded events, videos and presentations. And it once again engaged voting members in live video-conferencing on Zoom, while also being video-livestreamed for viewers on YouTube.

Following an uplifting welcome video, Bishop John Schol opened the session with an episcopal address that emphasized our timely missional focus to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the church and the world. He highlighted congregations that are pursuing that mission in innovative, exciting ways, even as they emerge from the Covid pandemic. And he called for creative, committed, transformational leaders to help nurture vital congregations.

“We will also seek avenues to end the sin of racism as we develop paths that will lead to wholeness,” said the bishop.  “Assistance will be available for working with congregations as they navigate the changes that are before us.  Our goal is to remain in love with God; do no harm; and do all the good that we can.

“We are called to hear what God wants for us and be mission driven in our ministries,” proclaimed Schol, presiding at his first EPA Conference session. “Now is our time to deliver the Good News of God’s salvation.”

The passage of several historic resolutions seemed to echo his call.

You can read all the details about the resolutions and other outcomes on the conference website.

You can watch the recorded livestreams of the conference here.

From our Conference website:

“Now” is a word that implies something “New” is about to happen; and that makes “Now” an apt theme for the 236th Session of the Eastern PA Annual Conference, May 20-21. The conference’s third online session was fully staged this time at West Chester UMC, using a mix of live, onsite “holy conferencing,” reports and worship, along with some recorded events, videos and presentations. And it once again engaged voting members in live video-conferencing on Zoom, while also being video-livestreamed for viewers on YouTube.

Following an uplifting welcome video, Bishop John Schol opened the session with an episcopal address that emphasized our timely missional focus to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the church and the world. He highlighted congregations that are pursuing that mission in innovative, exciting ways, even as they emerge from the Covid pandemic. And he called for creative, committed, transformational leaders to help nurture vital congregations.

“We will also seek avenues to end the sin of racism as we develop paths that will lead to wholeness,” said the bishop.  “Assistance will be available for working with congregations as they navigate the changes that are before us.  Our goal is to remain in love with God; do no harm; and do all the good that we can.

“We are called to hear what God wants for us and be mission driven in our ministries,” proclaimed Schol, presiding at his first EPA Conference session. “Now is our time to deliver the Good News of God’s salvation.”

The passage of several historic resolutions seemed to echo his call.

You can read all the details about the resolutions and other outcomes on the conference website.

You can watch the recorded livestreams of the conference here.

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