Annual Conference Sessions

2017 Annual Conference session

Thursday to Saturday, June 15-17, 2017
Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101


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The theme for this year's Annual Conference is:
"Vital Conversations: Race."
“How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?”
– Psalm 137:4 (NIV)

What does it mean for us to have Vital Conversations?

During our current quadrennium we will come together in table conversations at each Annual Conference. The conversations will cover the challenges of race, culture, justice, and building beloved community. This year we will address the challenge of race.

In preparation for our first conversation, you are invited to begin to reflect on and absorb our scripture theme for 2017. In this passage, we are presented with a question and a challenge.

We cannot keep the issue of racism behind a locked door. We live with this every day. We are called to open the door and look at our own personal challenges.

In a recent letter Bishop Devadhar wrote, “We live in a turbulent world where every Christian witness makes a difference.”

This “turbulent world” is our “foreign land.” Our conversation on the topic of race is vital as we begin to find ways to “sing the songs of the Lord in a foreign land.”

Thank you to our sponsors

The New England Conference would like to thank the following organizations for their support as sponsors of the 2017 Annual Conference session. We truly appreciate their generosity.

  • United Methodist Foundation of New England
  • Preachers’ Aid Society of New England
  • Fred C. Church Insurance
  • Willis Patient Care

Guest preacher for the 2017 Annual Conference is Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi. Read more.
Bible study leader is Javier Viera,
Dean of Drew Theological School.


Music leader is Mark Miller, on faculty at the Drew Theological School 
and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Read more.  












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Schedule highlights

AC 2017 Worship Program(Memorial, Opening and Closing worship services)

Guide for 2017 Service of Ordination and Commissioning

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Conference Secretary
John Blackadar
(603) 494-7142


Sessions Chair
Lynn McCracken
Agenda Committee Chair
Kelly Santiago 
Joy Mueller
Director of Connectional Ministries/Asst. to the Bishop
Erica Robinson-Johnson
Director of Communications
Beth DiCocco