May 7, 1996 |
The urge to merge - a virus affecting hospitals in this region for the past few years - has struck again. Methodist Hospital will merge with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, giving Jefferson a stake in South Philadelphia and a fourth hospital in its regional health-care network. No changes in staffing or services are immediately expected, Kevin Hannifan, Methodist's president and chief executive officer, said yesterday. But anticipated federal cuts to Medicare and Medicaid fundings "will have an impact on us," he said.
May 3, 1988 |
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital yesterday announced plans to form an affiliation and share staff, technology and medical expertise. Executives of the institutions hope the move will allow the hospitals, both financially strong and operating at relatively high occupancy rates, to avoid costly duplication of services and equipment. "This will be a preferred affiliation, which means Methodist will remain a separate entity - separately licensed, with its own board of trustees and staff - but with linkages to Jefferson at the medical staff and administrative levels," said Michael J. Bradley, vice president for health services at Thomas Jefferson University.
July 15, 1988 |
The United Methodist Church has named a Baltimore woman to serve as the church's bishop in the Philadelphia area, making her the first woman to lead the church here and only the fourth female bishop in the denomination. Bishop Susan M. Morrison, 45, was elected Wednesday night during a conference of Methodists from the Northeastern United States at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va. She was assigned yesterday to the Philadelphia area by the church committee that determines the assignment of bishops in the Northeastern United States, according to Judy Kelfstrom, a local Methodist spokeswoman.
March 1, 2008 |
Winnie Lawrence Kensill, 75, who gave her adult life to the work of the Methodist church in North Philadelphia, died of breast cancer Wednesday at the Keystone House hospice in Wyndmoor. The congregation of Mid-Town Parish United Methodist Church last year celebrated her 50 years of service as a teacher, program leader, community advocate, and all-round encourager to the people of the church. For the last decade, Mrs. Kensill led seminars for Methodist clergy from across the Philadelphia area on healing the wounds of racism.
July 17, 1986
The United Methodists will, after all, retain certain hymns in their hymnal (The Inquirer, July 3). It might have been noted from the start that the Christian soldiers march "as to war. " But if that still does not satisfy the objectors, they might consider marching to the "moral equivalent of war" instead. The meter is liable to throw them out of step, though. Daniel Bisenieks Philadelphia.
May 1, 1986
As a Soviet nuclear accident sent a radiation cloud spewing into the world's atmosphere, the bishops of the United Methodist Church were meeting in Morristown, N.J., to consider the consquences of the intentional use of nuclear weapons. In the end, they took a step beyond their Roman Catholic brethren, who in 1983 published a pastoral letter opposing the arms race, but reluctantly accepting a short-term U.S. policy of "nuclear deterrence. " The Methodist bishops declared that such a doctrine "has too long been revered as the idol of national security," noting that the nuclear threat is only as good as the intention to use it - a move they rejected out of hand.
November 3, 1986 |
The Rev. Walter Francis Bryan, active in the Methodist ministry for almost half a century, died Friday. He was 92 and lived in Philadelphia. Born in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, Bryan was a 1918 graduate of the Temple University Graduate School Theological Seminary and was admitted to the Philadelphia Conference of the Methodist Church in 1921. He began his ministry with the Pocono Mountain Conference in 1919. He was a pastor in the Analomia Circuit and the Mount Pocono-Swiftwater Circuit early in his ministry.
July 20, 2014 |
The Rev. Frank Schaefer, recently reinstated as a Methodist minister after losing his credentials for presiding over his gay son's wedding, has one more legal battle ahead. The Methodist Church is appealing his reinstatement to its highest judicial board, according to Schaefer. Schaefer, formerly of Lebanon, Pa., and now working as a minister in California, said he wasn't surprised by the move. He said it worried him, but he also sees it as an opportunity for the LGBT cause. "I think it will be great if we could win this," he said.
July 6, 1994 |
Theatergoers often remark that the home of the Footlighters Theater on Main Avenue in Berwyn looks like an old church. They're right. It's the former home of Berwyn United Methodist Church. The congregation was formed in 1884 and rented space for worship at Berwyn Hall, a now-demolished building that stood on Church Avenue, now Main Avenue. In 1887, construction began on a permanent church building, at a site about half a block from Berwyn Hall. The building was dedicated in 1888, and in 1890 Chester County Court granted a charter of incorporation to Berwyn Methodist Episcopal Church.
October 11, 2001 |
The 165th anniversary celebration of the Evansburg United Methodist Church will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday on the church grounds in Collegeville. The celebration will include a worship service, music, and a reading of the church history. Pastor Felicia Kumar will lead the celebration, and former pastors will share stories about the history of the church. Artifacts and photography displays will explain the history of the church, including its former connection with Ursinus College.