LUMINA is the Latin word for light. We believe God calls us to let our light shine in the darkest places of our communities and the darkest places of people’s lives, places such as poverty and despair.
Who we are: We are a cooperative mission project of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist church based in the Southwest District of that Conference.
VISION: Our Vision is Christians in partnership, responding to human need in the city and beyond, creating just and healthy communities, to the glory of God.
MISSION: Our mission is to support and expand the ministry of our related congregations. We do this through facilitation, partnerships, and direct services.
PURPOSE: Lancaster United Methodist Inner-City Alliance, also known as LUMINA, is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes. The corporation exists to offer the impoverished in Lancaster County the light of hope: to encourage children and youth through Christian character building, to empower families through life skill education, and to equip those in need with basic necessities and proper clothing for work and school.
How did LUMINA begin? (Do you want to learn more about the history of Lumina? Click here.)
Our challenge, beginning in the fall of 1993, was to expand the ongoing outreach ministries of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, S. Queen and W. Farnum Streets, Lancaster, which included a weekly children’s ministry, a food bank and administering discretionary funds for emergency assistance. We currently partner with a number of supporting United Methodist Churches, primarily in Lancaster County, PA.