Connectional Table to host Fall Leadership Retreat on Nov. 14

November 09, 2020

The Connectional Table welcomed some new members and finalized plans for the upcoming Leadership Retreat at its meeting on Nov. 2, 2020.
Joining the Connectional Table are:
Rev. Annie Baker-Streevy, who serves Bolsters Mills UMC in Harrison, ME and Calvary UMC
in Lewiston 
Rich Hughen, who joins as the interim Conference Lay Leader 
Preeti Pabreja, member of the UMC of Westford (MA)
Rev. René Perez, who serves Trinity UMC in Springfield, MA
The Connectional Table is led by two co-chairs: one clergy, one laity. They are Joan Klein and Rev. Perez, who was elected co-chair during Monday’s meeting. 
This year’s fall retreat for conference leaders will be held via Zoom on Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 9 a.m.
The Connectional Table is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding requests for funding from the programming budget (Fund 2). 
The fall retreat is an opportunity for the leaders of Conference boards and committees to get guidance on how to make their budget requests. As part of that process, the Connectional Table evaluates how a group’s missional priority/ies connects with the Conference’s vision, mission and critical values
Members of the Connectional Table agreed that during the retreat they will be clear with leaders that they understand the pandemic and the postponed General Conference make many things uncertain, and they will be open to reviewing and adjusting budget requests as events unfold.  
The retreat is also an opportunity for leaders to connect with one another and get additional leadership training. This year’s retreat will include a presentation on racism and white privilege led by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race. 
If you head a committee, board or agency and would like to attend the retreat, but have not received an invitation, contact Joan Klein at to request one.