Plan to attend the Black Clergy Fellowship Retreat

July 31, 2023

The New England Conference invites Black and Spanish-speaking clergy to a fall retreat led by the Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, Director of Healing and Resilience for Discipleship Ministries and The Upper Room.

As relatively small groups in our geographically large conference, Black and Spanish-speaking clergy may experience a sense of isolation. This two-day retreat is designed to be a time of worship and fellowship that will help participants connect with each other, dismantle silos, and explore commonality of experience and purpose in our ministry in New England. Elders, deacons, licensed local pastors, and certified lay ministers are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Bell is passionate about emotional formation and the intersection of faith and mental health (read more about him at the link above). Dr. Bell’s topic for day one is titled: Burn out, Identity, Grief and Loss or B.I.G. Day two will feature sessions on breaking silos, building community and trust, and strategic planning.
The retreat takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 2023, at the Conference Center in Methuen, MA. Deadline to register is Oct. 4.

To remove barriers to participation, the program, meals, and accommodations* are free through the support of the Conference Commission on Religion and Race and the Episcopal Office. Clergy needing transportation can request assistance.

Questions? Contact Rev. Effie McAvoy at

*double occupancy room; Hampton Inn, Haverhill, MA