News and Views


Statement by Ann Brown Birkel, June 1, 2017

June 3, 2017

Our region is in many ways the cradle of American Methodism. Throughout the long and storied history of our Annual Conference, we Methodists have created colleges and hospitals and a leading seminary. We have ministered to the poor, the hungry...

Ordinand speaks out on inclusion

June 1, 2017

I am joyful to be a part of this connection, to be recommended and ordained for servant ministry with and among you. I am a United Methodist because it’s not all about me; we each hold such a tiny fraction of God’s vision for the Church, and I...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 10, 2017

May is known for many observances, but it is also known for Mental Health Awareness Month. In our churches, we often feed the souls of our congregants and visitors, which includes speaking to the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, and this...

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.

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.

An Experiment in Prayer

March 30, 2017

Prayer. It’s something anyone can do, yet almost no one feels like a master at prayer. Most Christians long for a deeper and more meaningful prayer life. What better way to take the next faithful step in our prayer life than by studying the...

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