Current News Releases and Articles

April 21, 2016

AC16 Bible study leader: Understanding the Bible is crucial

Rev. Robertson, author of “Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series,” will lead AC16 Bible study.

April 21, 2016

BU Theology group travels to Cuba

Two members of the New England Conference were among those traveling to Cuba. Read about the experience.

April 20, 2016

Covenant Hills to be open for retreats

Covenant Hills will be available for retreats this summer. Ideas for future uses of the site are being sought.

April 20, 2016

Rolling Ridge names interim director

Melinda Trotti has been named interim director of Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference center. She begins July 1.

April 11, 2016

Real Tools: Transform your congregation's history into mission clarity

Real Tools for Real Churches offers practical advice from our Parish Consultants.

April 06, 2016

Circle Process at the 2016 Annual Conference

A quick video overview of Circle Process and how it will work at this year's Annual Conference ...

March 24, 2016

Facilitators excited about Circle Process' potential

Three Circle Process volunteer facilitators talk about what they hope it will bring to Annual Conference.

March 23, 2016

Are you called to be a church planter?

The New England Conference Church Planter Assessment Team is accepting applications now.

March 22, 2016

Mission of Peace to China: Suitcases? Yes. Baggage? Nope.

Camryn Davies, a 17-year-old high school junior, who attends Grace UMC in Lynn, MA, talks about the MOP to China. .

March 22, 2016

Real Tools for Real Churches: Can our church change? Are we ready?

Real Tools is a series from our NE Parish Consultants offering practical info and tools your church can use now.

March 17, 2016

Connectional Table discusses its role in the budget process

The Connectional Table invited the Rev. Ralph Howe, finance chair, to talk about the budget process.

March 15, 2016

Register now for summer camp 2016

Learn more about and sign up for the New England Conference's great outdoor ministry programs.

March 11, 2016

Apply for a New England Conference academic scholarship

Adults or recent high school graduates who are pursuing an undergraduate education are invited to apply by May 6 for 2016-17.

March 09, 2016

Living in the Spirit!

Watch a short video from the March 1, 2016 spiritual formation retreat at Rolling Ridge.

March 08, 2016

NH church shares its experience with Shift Network

Suncook UMC in New Hampshire participated in the Shift Network in 2015; hear what the Shift Team leader had to say about the process.

March 08, 2016

Parish Consultants: Introduction to 'real tools for real churches'

This is the first in a series of articles from our New England Parish Consultants that offer practical information and tools that your church can use right away.

March 01, 2016

Hands-on mission project at AC 2016: Health kits

During this year's Annual Conference, folks are asked to help assemble 1,000 health kits for UMCOR.

February 29, 2016

Deliver the 2016 Laity Address at Annual Conference

Our laity are invited to enter the Laity Address Challenge for the chance to deliver this year's address.

February 29, 2016

Wanted:  A few hands, hearts, and minds

The Committee on Leadership/Nominations is seeking volunteers to serve on Conference boards and committees.

February 26, 2016

Greeters needed for Annual Conference

Volunteers needed to serve as AC 2016 greeters

February 23, 2016

Learn more about how the Church uses Circle Process

The team working on Circle Process shared this info to help folks understand more about Circle Process.

February 23, 2016

NE Parish Consultants help churches retool for the future

Parish Consultants are clergy and laity with expertise in various areas who come alongside churches to offer guidance.

February 23, 2016

Preachers' Aid offers higher-ed loans

Clergy, Preachers’ Aid Society may be able to help you with your or your children's higher-education debt.

February 23, 2016

Rene Perez shares Lenten reflection from shores of Dead Sea

Central Massachusetts District Superintendent Rene Perez shares this Lenten reflection from the shores of the Dead Sea. Rev. Perez was part of a group from the New England Conference traveling to the Holy Land from Feb. 15 to Feb....

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

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 20, 2016

Talking pieces selected for Circle Process

Hand-carved from olive wood crosses will be the talking pieces for Circle Process at Annual Conference.

January 13, 2016

2015 Journal and Directory available

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

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

Deadline extended to apply 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 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.

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