Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference

Mission and Ministry
Tapiwanashe Nhunhama helps lead worship at Cranborne United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, during a program to help support people living with albinism. The United Methodist Church’s Harare East District in partnership with the Johnstown District in the Western Pennsylvania Conference gave gifts of sunscreen, hats and food to people living with the condition. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Zimbabweans with albinism ‘feel remembered, loved’

Through a partnership between The United Methodist Church’s Harare East District and the Western Pennsylvania Conference, 73 Zimbabweans living with albinism recently received sunscreen, hats and food baskets.
Social Concerns
Anoziva  Sisimayi and her son Kudzai Gombakomba receive a goat from the Rev. Austern Chepiri in Mujaji, Zimbabwe. A goat breeding program sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church has helped more than 100 orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. Photo by Pastor Hillary Mukahanana.

Goat-breeding program benefits vulnerable children

Partnership between Western Pennsylvania and Zimbabwe East conferences has empowered more than 100 toddlers through teens since 2015.
Local Church
A single lit candle in a wreath signifies the first week of Advent. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, United Methodist churches are thinking creatively for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Photo of Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Salvaging Christmas amid coronavirus concerns

Pastors already dealing with a stressful 2020 now must lead United Methodists through the seasons of Advent and Christmas as the coronavirus pandemic rages.
General Church
Bishop Hae-Jong Kim blesses the elements of Holy Communion during opening worship at the 2000 United Methodist General Conference in Cleveland. Kim died Nov. 3 at age 85. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Former bishop Hae-Jong Kim dies at 85

A pioneer of the Korean United Methodist Church, former bishop Hae-Jong Kim passed away on Nov. 3.

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