Mission of Peace

Northeastern Jurisdiction Contacts
NEJ MOP Coordinators
Heather Stierheim & Ted Anderson
  5681 Main St.
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 634-4800 
New England applications
should be sent to
Erica Robinson-Johnson
New England Conference
411 Merrimack St.
Methuen, MA 01844

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

Each year, every Annual Conference in the jurisdiction may select up to four high school youth to share in this experience.

Youth have visited China, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guyana and Cuba as well as Russia and Eastern Europe.

On each MOP, participants worship in churches, meet youth in churches and civic organizations and share with people who have a similar longing for peace and understanding. It is primarily a people-to-people experience in which we learn from our hosts how they live as disciples of Jesus Christ in their country. It is a journey of discovering God’s Shalom.

Each youth who journeys on the Mission of Peace must raise the money to support his/her MOP and is expected to share their experience at least five times upon returning.

Read more about MOP's history and mission

2020 Mission of Peace to India

Photo by Pop & Zebra on Unsplash
Please join us in congratulating the four New England Conference youth
who are expected to be making the  Mission of Peace journey
to India Dec. 27, 2019 to Jan. 14, 2020.
Jillian Caruso, East Greenwich (RI) UMC
Rachael Pickett, East Greenwich (RI) UMC
Maggie Stevens Shourds, Brunswick (ME) UMC
Lauren Williams, St. Paul's UMC, St. Albans, VT


Applications for the MOP are typically due at the beginning of March each year. Information about the 2021 MOP and application materials will be posted here when those become available.