Philadelphia Episcopal Area

Bishops
Bishop Skeete, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, passed away Feb. 11, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Skeete, ‘pastor to people,’ dies at 90

As United Methodist bishop, he led conferences in the U.S. Northeast, including carrying out a long-sought merger. He also helped establish Africa University.
Mission and Ministry
Dr. Glenn Roy V. Paraso (pictured in red) and other front-line workers are pictured outside United Methodist Mary Johnston Hospital in Manila, Philippines, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Paraso contracted COVID-19 in August and was admitted to the hospital for a month. Photo courtesy of Dr. Glenn Roy V. Paraso.

Faith calms fears for Filipino COVID-19 survivors

United Methodist front-line workers and church leaders in the Philippines share survival stories after contracting the coronavirus, with most relying on faith to overcome fear and isolation.
Mission and Ministry
Art from the book “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, The Father of Gospel Music,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The story page includes the text, “I still heard spirituals of long ago, Remembered how they moved me so. Hardships woven into hymns I wrote — Every lyric, every note.” Image courtesy of Simon & Shuster.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Joy J. Moore (left) and Bonnie Wheeler talk about values, laws, marriage and the Bible as part of a new video series from the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Video series helps guide talk among those who disagree

A new video series from the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race offers a study program for talking about race, the church and human sexuality among people who disagree.

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