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April 01, 2014

UMCOR Relief Kit Drop Off at Bow Mills UMC

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March 08, 2014

Pre-Lenten Gatherings offer spiritual nurture for clergy

For the second year, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar offered New England Conference clergy the opportunity to rest, worship, and be filled in preparation for the season of Lent. This year's one-day spiritual retreat was held in two ...

November 24, 2013

Recent Midwest Tornado Damage

The New England Conference has received some inquiries about volunteering to help in disaster recovery efforts for those affected by severe weather that spawned an outbreak of tornadoes in several Midwest states on Sunday, Nov. ...

November 21, 2013

Pastor suspended 30 days for performing same-sex wedding

UMNS News Story by Kathy Gilbert, from umcconnections.org SPRING CITY, Penn. (UMNS) — The Rev. Frank Schaefer, a pastor in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, has been given a 30-day suspension by the jury in his church trial and...

November 14, 2013

John Street United Methodist Church in Camden, Maine Imagines No Malaria

Entering the John Street United Methodist Church at 98 John Street, Camden, one is struck by the sight of green bows pinned to the backs of many of the red chairs. Then, eyes gazing toward the chancel, a hanging “veil” at the ...

November 06, 2013

Ashley and Jeffrey Dodson hired as Co-Directors of Covenant Hills Christian Camp

The Rev. Erica Robinson Johnson, Director of Connectional Ministries for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, is pleased to announce the hiring of Ashley and Jeffrey Dodson to serve as Co-Directors of ...

October 29, 2013

Belmont-Watertown Hoop Shootout Raises Thousands for Imagine No Malaria

For the past 6 years, members of the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church in Belmont, MA have been working to eradicate malaria in Africa. There has been great progress so far. When the church's work first began, malarial ...

October 22, 2013

New England Conference celebrates new Lay Missionaries

By Alexx Wood,        with Rick McKinley reporting On Saturday, October 12, 2013, eight members of Nueva Vida UMC in Chelsea, MA and St. Andrews/San Andres UMC in Jamaica Plain were recognized as the first group from New England ...

October 01, 2013

Northside UMC Donates Shoes for Imagine No Malaria

OCTOBER 1, 2013 - On Labor Day weekend in September, Northside United Methodist Church in Brewster, MA decided to take a stand and make a difference by supporting Imagine No Malaria. It all began on Sunday, September 1st with a ...

September 22, 2013

Arlington MA Faith Communities Organize Gun Buyback

By Alexx Wood Last Spring, Bob Baker, a member of Calvary Church United Methodist in Arlington MA, read a story about a gun buyback program organized by the UMC in Falmouth MA. The Falmouth gun buyback resulted in 206 firearms ...

July 22, 2013

UMCOR in Need of Cleaning Buckets and Kits

Due to recent natural disasters, UMCOR's relief supplies are at unusually low levels. There is a strong need for cleaning buckets, health kits, sewing kits, school kits, bedding kits and birthing kits, according to an UMCOR ...

July 10, 2013

2013 Annual Conference Report

by Alexx Wood Director of Communications The New England Annual Conference met in holy conferencing at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., from Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15, 2013. The clergy session was held in the ...

July 03, 2013

Largest ever cash donations made to Imagine No Malaria through Annual Conferences

by Jana Hall Nashville, Tenn. – The annual (regional) conferences are leading the way and building momentum in the effort to save lives through Imagine No Malaria. Fundraising activities during 2013 conference sessions reached ...

June 30, 2013

Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson named as Director of Connectional Ministries/Assistant to the Bishop

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church has appointed Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson to the key conference staff position of Director of Connectional Ministries/Assistant to the Bishop,...

June 12, 2013

New England Conference Builds Momentum in Imagine No Malaria (INM) Campaign

Ms. Bonnie Marden Joins the Conference INM Campaign as Field Coordinator   In 2012, The New England Annual Conference adopted RS-206 designating Imagine No Malaria as a conference-wide mission project, with a specific vision for ...

April 18, 2013

Interfaith service offers comfort, affirmation for Boston

By Alexx Wood   More than 2,000 religious leaders, civic and government leaders, invited guests and community members drew together during an interfaith prayer service, held this morning at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. ...

April 17, 2013

Boston service urges: 'Choose love over fear'

By Alexx Wood A little more than 24 hours after explosions rocked the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring scores of others, United Methodists in Boston opened their doors and gathered to grieve, pray, cry out to God, and ...

April 05, 2013


April 03, 2013

Witness for an End to Gun Violence " April 19 in Lexington, MA

Rev. Leigh Dry, pastor of Lexington UMC in Lexington, MA, and the Board of Church & Society of the New England Conference invite you to join with people of faith and goodwill, in response to a "pro-gun rally" being held by members...

April 02, 2013

New England Conference member Terry Wiggin tapped as new CFO for The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society

The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has announced that Terry Wiggin of Southbridge, Mass., has joined the agency as Chief Financial Officer. Wiggin has begun work in this new position at the United ...

April 01, 2013

2013 Women in the World Conference

Occupy the Church: Economic Justice for Ministry in the 21st Century  presented by the Anna Howard Shaw Center   Date: April 10, 2013 Time: 9:30am - 8:30pm Location: Boston University School of Theology   Church and society have ...

March 20, 2013

Arbor Hill Assisted Living Welcomes Prospective Residents

Providence, RI – March 20, 2013 Are you or a family member looking for a unique place to call “home?” United Methodist Elder Care, which has operated independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in East ...

March 06, 2013

Cape Church Holds Successful Gun Buy Back

On February 2, 2013, John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth, Massachusetts in cooperation with the Falmouth Police Department hosted a successful gun buy-back program.  The idea of the buyback was conceived by parishioner...

February 21, 2013

Excitement Over Malaria

By Sarah Ames My excitement over Malaria a started with me sitting in the front seat of my dad’s car, shoes off, legs crossed, music in my ears, and the Annual Conference book open to the Learning Centers. My dad and I had headed ...

February 07, 2013

The Tabernacle Nazareth in Nandasmo, Nicaragua

The Church of Christ in Nicaragua (Assoc. Iglesias de Cristo de Nicaragua or AICN), a ministry and covenant partner with the New England Conference, is undergoing the contruction of a new conference site, and is requesting support...

February 04, 2013

Rev. James T. McPhee Appointed as Tri-State District Superintendent

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church has appointed The Reverend James T. McPhee as the new District Superintendent for the Tri-State District, effective July 1, 2013. Rev. McPhee ...

January 30, 2013

U.M. ARMY Offers Summer 2013 Mission Weeks for Youth and Young Adults

The United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth (U.M. ARMY) is celebrating 10 years for service in the Northeast with another season of amazing mission programs for youth and young adults. We run affordable weeklong ...

January 01, 2013

2013 Announcements from Conf. Treasurer's Office

Closing Date for 2012 Mission Shares Extended The Conference Office is extending the Closing date for 2012 Mission Share Remittances to Friday, January 11, 2013. The original date of January 9th has been modified to Friday, ...

December 20, 2012

Local church dedicates "birthday money" to Greater New Jersey Hurricane Relief.

by Alexx Wood As in many churches, each month St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Marblehead, Massachusetts, lifts up and celebrates congregation members with birthdays during that month. However, St. Stephen’s extends this ...

September 26, 2012

Service of Welcome for Bishop Devadhar

Welcoming Service and Reception for Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:00 am Wesley United Methodist Church 114 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608 Please Join Us! What a blessing it is to ...

August 11, 2012

Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling appointed as Metro Boston Hope District Superintendent

Bishop Peter D. Weaver of the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church has appointed The Reverend LaTrelle Miller Easterling as the new District Superintendent for the Metro Boston Hope District.  Rev. Easterling will...

August 02, 2012

Marking History in Vermont

  by  Patricia J. Thompson, Conference Historian and Chairperson, NECCAH Two New England Conference Historic Sites With Liberia Connections Install Historic Roadside Markers In 2010 when the United Methodist Churches in Vermont ...

July 19, 2012

Martin McLee elected as bishop

By Alexx Wood* The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church has elected The Reverend Martin D. McLee as a bishop. With 135 votes needed for election, McLee, 56, was elected in the 21st ballot with 140 ...

July 19, 2012

Northeastern Jurisdiction affirms statement of grace and inclusion

By Alexx Wood Rev. Scott Campbell, clergy delegate of the New England Conference, submitted to the Northeastern Jurisdiction a resolution stating in part that “the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference affirms its commitment to ...

July 18, 2012

Rise Up, Church!

Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference session open with memorial service. By Alexx Wood* The conference sessions of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church opened with the Memorial Service and Holy Communion,...

May 17, 2012

Rev. John L. McCullough Honored as 2012 Ecumenical Award Recipient

UMNS story by Youngsook C Kang The Rev. John L. McCullough was the recipient of the 2012 ecumenical award from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. He was introduced by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, who is the ...

April 26, 2012

What's Up at General Conference

April 25 summary By Alexx Wood (Includes excerpts from UMNS report, April 19, by Heather Hahn)   Nearly 1,000 United Methodist delegates have gathered in Tampa for the denomination’s top legislative assembly. Council of Bishop’s ...

April 25, 2012

Bishop Weaver delivers the Episcopal Address at General Conference 2012

By Alexx Wood On the 200th anniversary of the first Methodist episcopal address, our New England Conference Bishop Peter Weaver took the stage this morning to deliver a powerful and inspiring address at General Conference 2012. He...

March 23, 2012

United Methodist Emerging Technology Survey

Nashville, Tenn.: While most younger people in the church are immersed in new technology, many older members are also jumping on the bandwagon. That’s according to a new study conducted by United Methodist Communications that ...

December 02, 2011

Rev. Scott Campbell recognized with two awards for social justice work

A long time member of the New England Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) and the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the Rev. Scott Campbell, received two national awards at "Sing a New Song," a recent ...

November 30, 2011

Ms. Brenda Borchers Hired as Administrative Assistant to the Bishop

LAWRENCE, Mass. (November 30, 2011) - Bishop Peter D. Weaver of the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church announced the hiring of Ms. Brenda Borchers to the position of Administrative Assistant in the Episcopal ...

September 27, 2011

Bishop Weaver calls for renewed opposition to casino gambling

The United Methodist Church has a long history of opposing gambling. Our Social Principles state that ‘gambling is a menace to society, deadly to the best interests of moral, social, economic, and spiritual life, and destructive ...

August 29, 2011

Impact and response to tropical storm Irene

By Alexx Wood. Updated September 4, 2011 Current news coverage: Inland flooding prolongs the misery of Irene - UMNS News Story, Sept 1, 2011 Storm Updates and Alerts for Volunteers Hurricane/tropical storm Irene swept across New ...

June 29, 2011

2011 Annual Conference Summary Report

by Alexx Wood, Director of Communications The New England Annual Conference met in holy conferencing at Gordon College in Wenham, MA from Wednesday June 8 through Saturday, June 11, 2011. The clergy session was held in the ...

June 21, 2011

Stop Hunger Now packaging event a success!

by Alexx Wood. More than 300 people came through the Gordon College cafeteria in Wenham, MA to package more than 51,000 meals in the 2011 Annual Conference STOP HUNGER NOW meal packaging event. Hunger and poverty kills over ...

June 16, 2011

New England United Methodist Clergy Join Movement to Support Marriage Equality

*To date, 200 active and retired clergy in the New England Conference have signed the statement.   WENHAM, Massachusetts…(June 11, 2011)… During the 2011 New England Annual Conference session, held June 8-11 at Gordon College ...

June 13, 2011

2011 Annual Conference Mosquito Fun Run and Walk raises more than $3,100 for Imagine No Malaria campaign

On Friday, June 10, the inaugural New England Conference Miles for Mission: 5K was held at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. There were more than 60 participants in the event, which was a fundraiser for the denomination’s Imagine No ...

June 03, 2011

Update on New England storms

by Alexx Wood, with additional reporting by Evie Doyon and Heidi Chamberland. Tornados and severe weather ripped through Western Massachusetts on June 1 leaving a path of destruction behind, including causing the deaths of 3 ...

March 15, 2011

Adam Hamilton new book release: "Why? Making Sense of God's Will" (April 2011)

  As a pastor with a pastor’s heart, Adam Hamilton has wrestled with the Why? questions with his congregation and with hundreds of individuals over the last twenty years. His responses to these questions are not simplistic ...

February 17, 2011

Parishioner Donates Building to New England Conference

House will be a resource for ministry in the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts A member of one of the United Methodist churches in the New England Conference (regional) has given the gift of a 2700 square foot house in Lawrence, ...

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