Current News Releases and Articles

February 03, 2016

New research: UM pastors, leaders ahead in the tech game

Pastors and church leaders adopt new technology at or above the national average rate, says UMCOM research.

February 01, 2016

Connectional Table seeks to align with critical values

At its second meeting on Jan. 26, the Connectional Table covered a range of topics.

February 01, 2016

Read a Q&A with Karen Munson

The Rev. Karen L. Munson has been named Superintendent of the Mid-Maine District effective July 1, 2016.

January 31, 2016

Gratitude the focus of Pre-Lenten gatherings

Dr. Kent Millard spoke to 150 clergy who attended the two sessions Jan. 29 and 30.

January 28, 2016

Karen L. Munson named Mid-Maine District Superintendent

Bishop Devadhar announced Rev. Munson's appointment on Jan. 31, 2016.

January 28, 2016

Rolling Ridge executive director to retire

The Rev. Larry Peacock has announced that he will retire after 11 years at Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center.

January 28, 2016

Wanakee United Methodist Center executive director named

James B. Tresner to be executive director at Wanakee United Methodist Center. He begins Feb. 15, 2016.

January 26, 2016

Easter resources available from Rethink Church

Get resources a see a preview of the Rethink Church Easter advertising campaign.

January 26, 2016

New DS eager to get to know Northern Maine

Rev. Jacquelyn Brannen will become Northern Maine District Superintendent July 1, 2016.

January 25, 2016

General Conference 2016 Preview

Learn where you can find all the news/info on General Conference - May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, OR.

January 25, 2016

Springfield church offers 'Urban Challenge' for youth and young adults

Trinity UMC invites youth or young adult groups to an immersion experience focusing on faith and urban life.

January 24, 2016

Jacquelyn Brannen named Northern Maine Superintendent

Bishop Devadhar announced Rev. Brannen's appointment on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

January 20, 2016

Apply now for NE Conference Merit Scholarship

Applications for the 2016-17 Conference Merit Scholarship Award are now being accepted.

January 13, 2016

2015 Journal and Directory available

The 2015 Journal/Directory are available for purchase through on-demand printer LuLu.com

January 13, 2016

Pastor found guilty in church trial

Rev. Errol Leslie's conference membership has been terminated.

January 07, 2016

Church hospitality focus of webinar series

Four one-hour sessions led by Rick McKinley, director of congregational development.

January 05, 2016

Bishop's Epiphany Appeal for Imagine No Malaria

We are close to our goal of saving 100,000 lives. Help us go over the top by Annual Conference.

January 05, 2016

Join prayer vigil for General Conference 2016

Bishop Devadhar invites the New England Conference to join him in prayer on Monday, Jan. 18.

December 19, 2015

Apply to join September Spiritual Pilgrimage to South Korea

Apply by Jan. 15, 2016 to join the spiritual pilgrimage to South Korea Sept.19-27, 2016.

December 17, 2015

Conference welcomes two new staff members

Deborah Gagnon will join the Conference as Human Resources and Benefits Manager. Kerry Patles has been hired as Accounts Receivable Specialist.

December 16, 2015

Bishop names Blackadar Interim Conference Secretary

Rev. John Blackadar will take over for Ralph Oduor, who has asked to be relieved of his duties as of Dec. 31.

December 14, 2015

Advent 2015: Greetings from the desert

We asked churches to share their Advent stories; this is from East Longmeadow UMC.

December 14, 2015

Advent 2015: It takes a village ...

We asked churches to share their Advent stories; this is from Lebanon UMC.

December 14, 2015

Mechuwana hosts annual Christmas Rally

On Dec. 4-6, 2015, more than 70 youth took part in Camp Mechuwana's annual Christmas Rally.

December 11, 2015

Imagine No Malaria update: The swatting continues

NE Campaign Coordinator Bonnie Marden offers an update on the Imagine No Malaria campaign.

December 11, 2015

Listen up: Participants talk about spiritual direction training

We talked to participants in the “Gateways to God” spiritual direction training, and heard a lot about listening.

December 09, 2015

Letter from DS LaTrelle Easterling on disturbing rhetoric regarding Muslims

MBH District Superintendent addresses what she calls "disturbing and perhaps dangerous" rhetoric regarding Muslims.

December 07, 2015

2017 Budget requests due March 15

Conference boards, agencies and programs are asked to submit their requests for 2017 funding by March 15.

December 07, 2015

Six graduate from Biblical Leadership Institute

The Biblical Leadership Institute trains and empowers Latino/a leaders in the Conference.

December 06, 2015

Warm hearts make for warmer homes

Volunteers from Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Maine built 300 insulated window inserts for their neighbors.

December 03, 2015

Advent contemplation for everyone

Sudbury UMC's Advent soup suppers and studies are designed to help members dive deeper into quiet contemplation.

December 03, 2015

Vermont Task Force on Camping/Retreat and Outdoor Ministries forms

The newly formed task force is seeking proposals for ministry with children and youth.

December 02, 2015

Advent reflection: 'Christmas with the Homeless'

Outdoor Church, an ecumenical ministry hosted at Harvard Epworth UMC in Cambridge, MA, has created a book of 12 reflections by those associated with this ministry with the homeless.

November 30, 2015

2016 Annual Conference will include Circle Process

Members will participate in Circle Process – a way of talking about a topic in which every voice gets heard.

November 30, 2015

NE pastor reflects on Wesley Pilgrimage

Geisa Y. Matos-Machuca, pastor at First UMC in Manchester, NH, traveled to England on the 2015 Wesley Pilgrimage.

November 30, 2015

Roots: Church's Advent worship looks at Jesus' family tree

During Advent, Hampden Highlands UMC is looking at the stories of the people in Jesus’ family tree.

November 23, 2015

Finding silence and connection at Taize

Taize pilgrims talk about their experience as registration opens for the 2016 journey.

November 21, 2015

Cabinet works with coach on becoming 'missional strategists'

Consultant Douglas T. Anderson has been leading the Cabinet through a coaching process since early in 2015.

November 17, 2015

Find hymns by two New England pastors

Rev. Stephen Garnaas-Holmes and Rev. F. Richard (Dick) Garland are both composers.

November 17, 2015

Pastor perches on the roof to collect turkeys

Rev. Megan Stowe, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans, VT, sat on the church roof to spur turkey donations.

November 12, 2015

Laity offer witness during Bishop's Day on the District

Three lay people offered their witness during the session. Hear what they had to say ...

November 03, 2015

Bishops focus on adaptive leadership

UM bishops gathered Nov. 3-5 for a three-day presentation on adaptive leadership.

October 25, 2015

Quincy church hosts Harry Potter fans at Halloween

Quincy Community United Methodist Church in Massachusetts hosted its annual Harry Potter event on Oct. 17.

October 20, 2015

Conference seeks Accounts Receivable Specialist

Deadline to apply is Nov. 23, 2015

October 20, 2015

Conference seeks Human Resources/Benefits manager

Deadline to apply is Nov. 23, 2015

October 19, 2015

Found in the church newsletter ... October 2015

Church newsletters are packed with all kinds of useful information. Each month, we share some tips and ideas.

October 08, 2015

Janis Salesi, Conference Benefits Coordinator, retires

After 18 years with the Conference, Janis Salesi retired as of Oct. 5, 2015.

October 08, 2015

NE pastor to take role at general church agency

Rev. Leigh Goodrich will be Dir. of Leadership and Education at the General Commission on Status and Role of Women.

October 08, 2015

Vermont churches are coloring outside the lines

Parish of four churches is offering new ministries including adult coloring and whittling.

October 01, 2015

Imagine No Malaria golf tournament saves 540 lives

Rev. Marion Easterling, pastor of Parkway United Methodist Church in Milton, MA, sent this report ...

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