Trinity Reformed UCC, Collegeville becomes ONA

Congratulations to the United Church of Christ’s newest Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation — Trinity Reformed Church, United Church of Christ in Collegeville — and pastor, Rev. Dr. Martha Kriebel. On December 10, a congregational vote was held by ballot in worship, with 109 people voting. The decision to adopt the ONA Covenant was unanimous! […]

From Bucks County Herald: On the scene by Rev. David Green

Nativity scenes pop up everywhere this time of year. Most are static depictions of the array of characters who attended the birth of Jesus. Living Hope Community Church in Perkasie stages an impressive re-enactment featuring live people and critters. It comes complete with a traffic jam on Route 313 that would’ve flabbergasted the original Holy […]

From Reading Eagle: The Rev. Kim Kendrick is the chaplain at Bethany Children’s Home

by Bruce Posten in The Reading Eagle The greater public issue of giving children freedom of choice versus an institutional belief in mandatory worship services became intertwined last spring at Bethany Children’s Home near Womelsdorf. The Rev. Kim Kendrick, 48, Bethany’s chaplain for more than two years, didn’t have a written invitation to the table […]

Conference merger survey results posted

Eastern PA UCC

The Joint Conference Vision and Development Team has made available the results of the surveys they have been distributing. To view the survey results, data collected from recent gatherings in both conferences, and more information about this work, visit

From Reading Eagle: New Jerusalem UCC folds after 176 years, but new life will follow

New Jerusalem closing

New Jerusalem United Church of Christ, after a long presence in the Rockland Township community, closed its doors for the last time Sunday. About 100 people, including area pastors, former members, their families and others gathered at the church, 33 Lyons Road, to honor the life and work of the congregation. Membership had dwindled over the years, with […]

PSEC Holds Fall Meeting

First Schuylkill Haven

The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference held its annual Fall Meeting on November 18th, hosted by friends at First UCC in Schuylkill Haven, who fed us an exceptional meal and outdid themselves with hospitality. The meeting opened with worship and the renewal of baptismal vows to reconnect us to God’s covenant with us and ours with each other. […]