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  • Top 10 "Leading Ideas" Articles of 2014

    Dec. 18, 2014 from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. This list appeared in their weekly email this morning. More information included in this article.

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  • 2014: United Methodists of Note Remembered

    Dec. 17, 2014 In 2014, United Methodists marked the passing of leaders who made significant contributions in their ministry. They include pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a champion of United Methodist Men, an expert on sacraments and a doctor who risked and ultimately lost his life serving people where medical care was scarce.

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  • News Service Poll: Ebola Voted Top Story of 2014

    Dec. 16, 2014 The worst Ebola outbreak in history — along with The United Methodist Church’s mobilization to ease suffering and fight the spread of the deadly virus — was the biggest story of 2014, according to a United Methodist News Service poll of communicators.

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  • What Are You Doing for Kids Home for Winter Break?

    Dec. 15, 2014 College students returning for winter break often long to reconnect with old friends, their former youth leaders, and others in the church who were an important part of their faith development. That is not always as easy as it sounds. After years of being active in your church they are no longer part of the youth ministry, and not ready for adult ministries yet. So how can churches minister to their college students when they return for break?

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  • WEEKLY DIGEST: Week of December 7, 2014

    Dec. 12, 2014 The Digest is an easy way to catch up on all of the stories that have been published in the last week. Each story is linked to the original, and there is a short excerpt. You may want to share this digest on your church's website so that they know what has been happening in our conference and beyond.

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  1. January 2015
    1. 01/04/2015, 3:00pm
      Charlotte Youth Day
    2. 01/09/2015
      Multiply Your Impact: Readiness 360 Training Event
    3. 01/10/2015, 9:00am to 3:00pm
      Multiply Your Impact: Readiness 360 Training Eventa
    4. 01/10/2015, 1:00pm
      VBS Showcase
    5. 01/17/2015, 10:00am to 1:30pm
      2015 Martin Luther King Jr, Celebration
    6. 01/24/2015, 10:15am
      VBS Showcase
    7. 01/24/2015, 11:30am
      IDK '15
    8. 01/25/2015, 9:30am to 01/28/2015, 9:30am
      The Big Silence
  1. February 2015
    1. 02/03/2015
      Mission to Ministers
    2. 02/06/2015, 5:00pm to 02/08/2015, 12:00pm
      Summit Retreat


Conference Blog


By Gary Shockley

I was in the Big Apple not long ago for work. I stayed in Harlem to save money and arrived just in time to experience an ethnic festival. There were thousands of people enjoying wonderfully aromatic foods and rhythmic music and dancing. Most of the languages spoken were fairly foreign to me. As I walked through that joyful environment, without a friend or colleague to accompany me, I quickly began to feel out of place there. It was a bit unnerving. As I reflected on my experience it really came down to this- I didn’t sense that I belonged. No one told me that. I just felt that way.

My mother loved NYC especially at Christmastime. She would visit as often as she could to walk around Time Square and swoon at the lights. Mom grew up in downtown Philadelphia and always felt comfortable in big-city environments. The key to fitting in, she would coach me, was to “act as though you belonged.” I tried that in Harlem. Mom’s advice worked for about twenty minutes until I really began to sense that I was in a very foreign place. I quickened my pace back to the hotel.

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Advent Meditation: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Advent, which means "coming" or "arrival," is a time of preparation for the birth of Christ, and a celebration of God's unconditional love. This meditation features the photographs of Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and others, over the hymn tune, "O come, O come, Emmanuel," dating from the 12th century. The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail.

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