From the Jan. 30, 2016 Pre-Lenten Gathering at Trinity UMC in Springfield, MA. Pictured are guest preacher the Rev. Dr. Kent Millard and Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar.
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Each year Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar invites all New England Conference clergy to join him at a Pre-Lenten Gathering, a daylong spiritual retreat, to help clergy center and prepare for the Lenten 
season. These gatherings are sponsored by the Episcopal office and the Board of Ordained Ministry.




2017 Pre-Lenten Gatherings

Feb. 16 POSTPONED to Friday, Feb. 24
Pleasant Street UMC 61 Pleasant St., Waterville, ME
Click to register for the Feb. 24 gathering. Deadline Feb. 22.


Friday, Feb. 17, at Trinity UMC, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA (new location)

Thursday, Feb. 23, at Faith UMC, 899 Dorset St.,
South Burlington, VT 

Each gathering will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guest speaker

This year’s guest is the Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter, founder and executive director of Safe Havens, an interfaith organization based in Boston that promotes hope and justice for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse.

Dr. Hunter is a United Methodist elder. She received her Master of Divinity from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in Religion and Society from Drew University in 1991.  Read more of her bio here.

Learn more about the mission and work of Safe Havens