News and Views

April 2017

Risen today! A Wesley hymn devotion for Easter

April 12, 2017

Many churches of all denominations begin worship on Easter Sunday by singing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” Charles Wesley’s lyrics wonderfully celebrate how Jesus’ resurrection is God’s victory over death, and call us to tell the world.

Essex UMC opens new doors to ministry

April 12, 2017

At Essex UMC, there is an entire community that comes in through the “other doors” of the building. Making sure these people experience the love of God is one of the congregation’s best strengths.

The word is... rejoice

April 11, 2017

Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.

Way Forward group ponders structural changes

April 11, 2017

The 32 members of the Commission on a Way Forward are getting down to the business of doing what their name says — helping a denomination deeply divided over homosexuality move toward some sort of future together.

Young adults find renewed faith in Cuba

April 10, 2017

On March 3-12, four young adults from the Northeastern Jurisdiction traveled with two United Methodist Volunteers in Mission leaders on a journey to Cuba. The trip was open to both clergy and laity.

With reconciliation, cemetery returns home

April 10, 2017

Dumbarton and Mt. Zion United Methodist churches have a long history. In 1816, Mt. Zion UMC was formed when African American members (slave and free) left Dumbarton UMC (founded in 1772) to form their own congregation because of the...

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