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NEJ Mission E-Academy

Throughout May and June 2020, UMVIM-NEJ is proud to offer many of its Mission Academy courses online for the first time.  We have adapted courses that were scheduled to be offered at our regular annual Mission Academy, and we have developed some new offerings.  We are also cross-promoting webinars that have been developed by partner agencies on topics of interest to our UMVIM community.  Click here for full details and registration.

2020 NEJ Mission Academy


The 2020 NEJ Mission Academy was originally scheduled to be held at Laurelville Christian Retreat Center in Mt. Pleasant, PA from April 14-17.  Laurelville is about one hour east of Pittsburgh.  We are planning to keep our contract with Laurelville and apply it to 2021.  New dates will be announced later in 2020.

Some highlights of the Academy were to be:

Chainsaw Safety Training

UMCOR Disaster Response classes on Foundations of Disaster Response, Connecting Neighbors, Cleaning Out Flooded Homes, Site Assessment, and Logistics

UMVIM 101, UMVIM Team Training, and an UMVIM Train-the-Trainer course.

Courses on Mission Theology and Partnership in Mission by Dr. David Scott

Partnership Roundtables

Abundant Health ministry ideas and activities

Poverty Simulation Exercise

Church Safety Awareness

...and an episcopal address from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of the Western Pennsylvania Conference!


2019 NEJ Mission Academy

The 2019 NEJ Mission Academy was held at the Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, MA  from April 1-4, 2019.  The theme was "When Helping Helps."  We focused on ministry initiatives that are responsible, sustainable, and asset-based.  In addition to our collaboration with UMCOR to provide a disaster response track, we will also welcomed NEJ United Methodist Sarah Sandsted who is co-founder of Rebuild Globally, and mission theologian Rev. Taylor Walters Denyer. 

2018 NEJ Mission Academy

The 2018 NEJ Mission Academy was held from April 11-14, 2018 at Pecometh Camp & Retreat Center in Centreville, MD where the Chester River empties into the beautiful Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. 

2017 NEJ UMCOR/UMVIM Training Academy

The 2017 Academy was held at Pocono Plateau Camp & Retreat Center in Cresco, PA from March 26-29.  Our theme was "Confronting Systemic Racism and White Privilege in Mission & Disaster Response."  Plenaries included presenters from the General Commission on Religion and Race, UMCOR, UMVIM, and Disaster Response Coordinators from the Annual Conferences.  Several workshops were led by representatives from Global Ministries.

2016 NEJ UMCOR/UMVIM Training Academy

Our 2016 Academy was held at Asbury Camp & Retreat Center in Silver Lake, NY.  It featured Train-the-Trainer classes for both ERTs and UMVIM Team Leader.  The plenary focus was on Cultural Competency.

2015 NEJ UMCOR/UMVIM Training Academy

This was our first annual Training Academy in the NEJ and it was held at West River Camp and Retreat Center in Churchton, MD.