Sunday, October 16, 2016

New Methodist bishop seeks to bridge gaps

From Pittsburgh-

Her first job as a student pastor was at a small United Methodist church in East Baltimore, Md., founded long ago by an ethnic German community in what had become a mostly African-American neighborhood.

“They were struggling to find their new identity, to make connections with the new community around them,” recalled Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, the new spiritual leader of United Methodists in Western Pennsylvania.

One way they made connections was to hold a Bible study for the neighborhood youth — not in the sanctuary but on a nearby front stoop.

“That’s what the kids in the neighborhood did — sit on the stoop,” Bishop Moore-Koikoi recalled. The church needed to take its ministry outdoors because, she said, the neighbors were nervous about entering a building where they don’t see “people like me going.”

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