2023 MLK Commemoration Service


It Starts With Me: The Quest to Create the Beloved Community

The Western North Carolina Conference hosted its annual Martin Luther King Commemoration Service on January 14, 2023. The recorded version is available to watch below. 

Recorded Version

The theme of the event is: It Starts with Me: The Quest to Create the Beloved Community. The focus scripture is Micah 6:8.

The keynote speaker was M. Garlinda Burton, Director for Resource Development for the denomination’s General Commission on Religion and Race. M.Garlinda Burton expands and implements a comprehensive diverse resource program that increases knowledge within the church of intercultural differences and competencies, anti-racism, equity, and justice. She is responsible for creating and delivering training tailored for use across annual conferences, local churches, and denominational entities, with the goal of equipping all levels of the Church to successfully function in multicultural environments.

A deaconess in The United Methodist Church, Garlinda has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, producer, and trainer around issues of intercultural competency, racial justice, and gender justice. She is also committed to helping the church engage and nurture children, youth, and young adults as positive and powerful change agents for the cause of Jesus Christ.

This event was sponsored by: WNCC Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR), WNCC Commission on Religion and RACE (CORR), WNCC-Justice and Reconciliation Team (J&R).