Current News Releases and Articles

May 12, 2015

New class of UM missionaries to be commissioned

New England is one of 10 Annual Conferences that will commission missionaries in 2015.

May 11, 2015

'Tending the Fire' begins in Fall 2015

The 2015-16 "Tending the Fire" series will be offered in a three-retreat format beginning Sept. 29, 2015.

May 11, 2015

Imagine No Malaria: Update May 11, 2015

Get the latest news on our Imagine No Malaria Campaign - including the 1-mile Mosquito Stomp at AC 15.

May 11, 2015

Welcome to our new website

Our website has been redesigned with a fresh look and easier navigation. Take a look ...

May 07, 2015

Bishops issue pastoral letter on racism

On May 6, 2015, the Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, calling from Berlin, Germany, where the Council had been meeting this week, said he was grateful to his colleagues for this ...

May 05, 2015

Camping and Retreat Ministries will be topic of 'listening session'

Over the past six months, a team has been meeting to develop recommendations for the future of the New England Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries (CRM). The changing landscapes of culture, church, and camping present ...

May 04, 2015

Western Mass churches part of neighborhood revitalization event

Some 75 United Methodists from several Western Massachusetts congregations were among the 1,200 volunteers who spent Saturday, April 25, 2015, repairing 28 homes, cleaning yards and building community in a Springfield, MA, ...

April 27, 2015

Parish Consultants help churches thrive during transition

When a church goes through a "size transition" – from full-time to part-time pastor, for example – there are many questions:  How will the congregation thrive in this new configuration? How will the church's visitation ministry ...

April 26, 2015

Metro Boston Hope District Resource Day: Preaching in precarious times

The Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics and the newly named Bandy Professor of Preaching at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, led the Metro Boston Hope District Resource Day on April 25, ...

April 22, 2015

Bishop Devadhar issues special invitation to join 2016 spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Bishop Devadhar will be traveling with recent New England Conference ordinands and local pastors on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are additional openings in the group, and at this time clergy and laity in the New...

April 20, 2015

Celebrate Golden Cross Sunday in May

Golden Cross Sunday is held on a Sunday in May that is convenient to each church. The offerings received for Golden Cross Sunday support three New England Methodist organizations providing housing and care to senior ...

April 14, 2015

Create relief-supply kits to drop off at AC 2015

As shipments of relief-supply kits continue to move out of depots to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) 85 active disaster sites around the world, replenishing depot shelves is a concern for meeting future ...

April 13, 2015

Nicaragua will 'get under your skin'

By providing clean water to communities in Nicaragua, the Nicaragua Covenant helps fight a number of diseases and improves the quality of life in those communities.   The Nicaragua Covenant is “always looking for ...

April 10, 2015

Brothers share the story of The Taize Community

Nearly 50 clergy and laity gathered at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, to hear a presentation by two brothers from The Taize Community in France. Brother Emile, left, and Brother John of The Taize Community in France, ...

March 04, 2015

Simple Church is on a roll

The finishing touches are being put on the tables. The buffet begins to fill up with everything from quiche to cookies. You can smell dinner cooking in the kitchen.   As folks come in, they greet each other and ask how the day has...

February 16, 2015

Conference names Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministries

The New England Conference is pleased to announce that Gricelda Betsabé “Betsy” Careaga G. is the new Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Ministries. She began her new role on Feb. 1, 2015. Careaga is a candidate for a Master’s of ...

February 11, 2015

Snowfall brings windfall for Maine church: Snowplow uncovers lost 1913 time capsule

It’s fair to say that all the snow that’s fallen on New England this winter has not been warmly received by many folks. But all the plowing required had an upside for Gray Memorial United Methodist Church in Caribou, ME. At...

February 09, 2015

Apply by March 15 for 2016 Mission of Peace to China

Youth from the New England Conference are invited to apply to join the 2016 Mission of Peace (MOP) to China. MOP is an annual journey of discovery and Shalom to nations in our global community and is sponsored by the ...

February 04, 2015

Churches invited to apply for Congregational Development and UM Foundation grants

TOGETHER FOR TOMORROW AND URBAN MINISTRY GRANTS The Office of Congregational Development is pleased to invite applications for the 2015 Together for Tomorrow and Urban Ministry grants cycle. Requests must be received no later ...

January 29, 2015

Mission of Peace to India is 'life-transforming'

  The Mission of Peace is a yearly journey of discovery and shalom to nations in our global community sponsored by the Northeastern Jurisdictional (NEJ) Council on Youth Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Four youth from...

January 27, 2015

Early-bird registration deadline days away for YOUTH 2015

  The General Board of Discipleship is presenting span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"">YOUTH 2015 in June – three-plus days packed with inspiring speakers and top-flight Christian musical artists await youth and ...

January 20, 2015

NE Churches can help food pantries be winners on Super Bowl Sunday

The churches of the New England Conference have been challenged by our brothers and sisters in the Pacific Northwest Conference – home of the Seattle Seahawks – to a food collection challenge. When the New England Patriots...

January 14, 2015

Whitteberry loan fund available to help build or renovate churches

The New England Conference is blessed by and thankful to the Rev. Paul N. Whitteberry for his generosity, his foresight and his passion for keeping our churches structurally sound as beacons of God’s light.  Rev. Whitteberry and ...

January 13, 2015

Churches invited to reach out to UM hiker along Appalachian Trail

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January 09, 2015

Jan. 18 is Human Relations Day

One of The United Methodist Church’s six Special Sundays, the offering on Human Relations Day, the closest to the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, will focus this year on the rehabilitation of youth...

January 08, 2015

Apply now for 2015 Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy

Students can now apply for the 2015 Summer Conference of the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA).    HYLA, in partnership with United Methodist universities and seminaries and the General Board of Higher Education and ...

December 07, 2014

New England Conference Names Director of Communications

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December 07, 2014

Rev. Dr. Wesley Palmer to be appointed Executive Director of the Preacher's Aid Society

The Board of Directors of the Preachers’ Aid Society of New England is pleased to announce that Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, acting at its request, plans to appoint The Reverend Dr. Wesley Palmer as the new Executive Director of ...

November 07, 2014

Bishops call United Methodists to prayer in human sexuality statement

Oklahoma City, Okla.: The Council of Bishops issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing their diverse perspectives and calling the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer, both for their leaders and ...

October 30, 2014

Statement on the death of Mayor Thomas M. Menino

With the residents of Boston and those throughout the Commonwealth, we grieve the passing of former Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino. Mayor Menino served Boston for twenty years, first being elected in 1993. During those 20 years he...

September 23, 2014

Follow the New England pilgrimage to Korea

A group of 30+ laity and clergy are traveling with Bishop Devadhar in South Korea as part of a spiritual pilgrimage, guests of the Bupyeong Methodist Church. Updates are posted on the NEUMC Facebook page as well as the following ...

June 30, 2014

2014 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 11 through Saturday, June 14, 2014. The theme of On the Wings of Love: ...

June 04, 2014

Peace with Justice Sunday is June 15, 2014

How does your local congregation bring peace and justice to a fragmented, wounded world? Perhaps you do it through education, work with children and youth, anti-poverty initiatives or fundraising for peace with justice ministries ...

May 29, 2014

Prayer Vigil held for victims of Sewol ferry tragedy in South Korea.

On May 20, Korean pastors, families and friends gathered at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel for a prayer vigil and public witness after the Sewol Ferry tragedy in South Korea. It was a time of reflecting on the tragedy, its ...

May 21, 2014

Church Ministry Distributes Over 2 Million Pounds of Clothing

Mansfield’s Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church reports that its Free Clothing Pantry "Clothes To Go"  has reached a milestone of distributing over 2 million pounds of clothing in the 6 years of its existence. This outreach ...

April 30, 2014

Greenwood UMC Member Named Public Citizen of the Year

Jeanette Merren, longtime Dorchester resident, received the prestigious Public Citizen of the Year Award at the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter’s Symposium in April 2014. The award is given annually ...

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,...

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