Current News Releases and Articles

July 25, 2016

Council of Bishops Executive Committee affirms unity, moves forward

The committee approved a framework for the Commission on a Way Forward and toward a 2018 General Conference.

July 25, 2016

NEJ College of Bishops' statement on violence and racism

The Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops made this statement July 13, 2016 in Lancaster, PA. Delegates followed up approving Call to Action to urge church to fight racism.

July 14, 2016

Bishop-Elect Easterling: 'I always, always, always stand on the side of justice ...'

LaTrelle Miller Easterling was elected as bishop by the Northeastern Jurisdiction on July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

NEJ supports 'Non-Conformity' resolution; ruled out of order

Delegates supported the resolution despite the ruling ahead of time that it was out of order.

July 13, 2016

Bishop tells NEJ: We are an amazing, if 'unfinished quilt'

Bishop Devadhar delivered the State of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Address on July 13 in Lancaster, PA.

July 11, 2016

Gateways to God: Story-listening anywhere, any time

Deadline to register for Gateways to God training in spiritual direction extended to Aug. 1.

July 11, 2016

UMARMY coming to First UMC of Claremont, NH

First UMC in Claremont, NH, shares a story about working with United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission for Youth or UMARMY.

July 05, 2016

Responding to June 2016 flooding in West Virginia

UMCOR offers advice on how we in New England can best help those affected by the WVa flooding.

June 27, 2016

Christine DeTroy honored with Bryant Award

Christine DeTroy is the winner of the 2016 John Bryant Award for Excellence in Social Justice Action.

June 27, 2016

Rolling Ridge honors outgoing executive director Larry Peacock

Staff, board members and friends gathered at Rolling Ridge June 26 to say farewell to Larry Peacock as he retires.

June 22, 2016

2016 State of the Conference: Planting seeds of trust

Cabinet Dean the Rev. Dr. David Abbott delivered the State of the Conference message on June 18, 2016.

June 22, 2016

Anne Robertson leads AC 16 Bible study

Listen to excerpts from two mornings of Bible study with the Rev. Anne Robertson, who heads the MA Bible Society.

June 22, 2016

Annual Conference 2016: Recap June 15 and 16

Here's a recap of the events of Wednesday and Thursday, June 15-16 at AC 2016.

June 22, 2016

Annual Conference 2016: Recap June 17

Here's a recap of the events of Friday, June 17, at AC 2016.

June 22, 2016

Annual Conference 2016: Recap June 18

Here's a recap of the events of Saturday, June 18, at AC 2016.

June 22, 2016

Laity Session celebrates tilling, planting and harvesting

The Laity Session celebrates the gifts and ministry of the laity. The 2016 Laity Session was Friday, June 17.

June 21, 2016

2016 Ziegler Preacher: 'It's time'

Rev. Getchell-Lacey, pastor at First UMC in Gilford, NH, is this year's Ziegler honoree.

June 21, 2016

New England endorses Chang and Easterling as episcopal candidates

The Rev. We Hyun Chang and the Rev. Dr. LaTrelle Miller Easterling are endorsed.

June 17, 2016

Bishop to ordinands: 'Pack your bags'

Seven elders were ordained and seven commissioned in the June 17 Service of Ordination and Commissioning.

June 17, 2016

Bishop: 'These are not ordinary times'

Bishop opts to tell his story rather than share his planned address.

June 17, 2016

Conference adopts 'Action of Non-Conformity' resolution

With removal of the language about paying general church apportionments, resolution passes.

June 17, 2016

Delegation offers its report on General Conference

The New England Delegation shares its report and a video about the 2016 General Conference.

June 17, 2016

No 'business as usual' to open Annual Conference

Morning gathering a chance to express frustration, repentance and for some, to come out.

June 17, 2016

Resolution 'Action of Non-Conformity' is recommended

Resolution states NEAC will not comply with discriminatory aspects of the Discipline.

June 16, 2016

2016 Memorial Service: Death is not the end

The Memorial Service, led by Bishop Violet Fisher, honored NE clergy, spouses and the Orlando shooting victims.

June 16, 2016

BOM makes stance on sexual orientation public

New England BOM does not consider sexual orientation in determining fitness for ministry.

June 16, 2016

Laity Address: Planting seeds of trust is 'messy'

Ashley Renee Johnson gave this year's Laity Address and called on us to be willing to "do some weeding."

June 15, 2016

AC 16 ice cream social

Those in Manchester Wednesday evening were treated to Ben and Jerry's ice cream on the Radisson lawn.

June 15, 2016

Manchester events begin with Annual Clergy Luncheon

The Preachers' Aid Society of New England hosted its annual lunch June 15, 2016.

June 15, 2016

Vigils for Orlando shooting victims

News about vigils for Orlando shooting victims from around the New England Conference

June 03, 2016

Circle Process questions announced

After discussion and prayer, the Circle Process Team has chosen the questions for our conversation at AC16.

June 02, 2016

Gwen Purushotham named interim superintendent in New Hampshire

The Rev. Dr. Gwen Purushotham, retired elder, will serve as interim superintendent of the New Hampshire District.

June 01, 2016

Circle Process Team shares covenant for the process

Circle Process is June 16 at AC16; the team shares new information about the covenant and possible topics.

May 31, 2016

Summer leadership convocations for Latin@ students

Learn about Boston University School of Theology's Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) and Raices Latinas Leadership Semillero.

May 26, 2016

Real Tools: Finding your sweet spot

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

May 24, 2016

New Hampshire DS to join United Methodist Foundation

The Rev. Dr. David Abbott has been named Director of Stewardship for the Foundation effective July 1, 2016.

May 24, 2016

Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference will elect two bishops

The NEJ will elect two new episcopal leaders in July 2016; a Convocation for NEJ youth is also planned.

May 18, 2016

Bishops react to rumors about a plan for a split

Council President Bishop Bruce Ough told General Conference: The council "is committed to maintaining unity."

May 16, 2016

Two from NE among those consecrated at General Conference

Roberta Bragan and Amanda Howe were among the 26 deaconesses and home missioners consecrated at General Conference.

May 14, 2016

Bishop Devadhar preaches at General Conference

Bishop led worship May 14. He urged General Conference to listen to all perspectives and especially God.

May 03, 2016

Connectional Table participates in budget process

The Connectional Table, which began meeting in January, participated in the budget process for the first time.

May 03, 2016

Delegation announces its support for nominees for episcopal election

The Conference delegation to the General and Jurisdictional conferences has announced its support for Rev. We Chang and Rev. Dr. LaTrelle Miller Easterling for the episcopacy.

May 02, 2016

Youth groups invited to take the 'Urban Challenge'

Trinity UMC in Springfield, MA, has begun a ministry that offers young people an urban immersion experience.

April 26, 2016

'Tending the Fire' trainings set for 2016-17

“Tending the Fire,” training in family systems theory for churches, will be offered three times in 2016-17.

April 24, 2016

Real Tools: Finding your voice: anxiety and pastoral leadership

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

April 24, 2016

Thanks for the 'Fire'

The Rev. Jared "Jerry" Rardin, retiring "Tending the Fire" leader offers a tribute to this ministry.

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.

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