Annual Conference 2020

Annual Conference 2020

Saturday, August 8

at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

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Date Announced for the 2020 Clergy Session of the Western North Carolina Conference

Date Announced for the 2020 Clergy Session of the Western North Carolina Conference

5/14/2020
The clergy session of the Western North Carolina Conference will be held virtually this year using the Zoom platform on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Update on Annual Conference 2020

Update on Annual Conference 2020

4/30/2020
Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet have made the decision to postpone the Western North Carolina Annual Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of our traditional three-day event, the decision has been made to hold a one-day Annual Conference session on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8 at Lake Junaluska. The Ordering of Ministry Service where persons will be ordained, commissioned, and licensed for ministry will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Peer Learning - Appointment Changes while Distancing

Peer Learning - Appointment Changes while Distancing

4/29/2020
Peer learning sessions for clergy and church leaders who are experiencing an appointment change during this season of physical distancing and disrupted church activities.
Emory Candler Club hosts Annual Conference 5K

Emory Candler Club hosts Annual Conference 5K

3/9/2020
WNCC Emory Club 5K at Annual Conference raising money for NETworX USA. Sign up: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/LakeJunaluska/EmoryClub5k
Registration Is Now Open for 2020 Annual Conference Displays

Registration Is Now Open for 2020 Annual Conference Displays

3/6/2020
Would you like to see you group or organization represented at Annual Conference this year? To register for display space at this year's Annual Conference, please visit wnccumc.org/ac2020-displays.
Recognition of Anniversary Churches

Recognition of Anniversary Churches

3/5/2020
As has been the practice for some years, the WNC Conference Commission on Archives and History will recognize all churches celebrating their 100th, 150th, and 200th anniversaries in 2020 with their display at Annual Conference this year.  If your congregation is celebrating one of these anniversaries this year, please contact Jim Pyatt, Archivist, at jpyatt@wnccumc.org by April 1, so that your church will be included in this year’s recognitions.
Schedule Your AC2020 Special Event!

Schedule Your AC2020 Special Event!

3/3/2020
Are you planning to hold a Special Event at Annual Conference this year? Do you want it included in the Special Events Calendar in the 2020 Program & Reports Book and P&R Supplement Book? Will you hold an event at a Lake Junaluska facility? Visit https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2020-special-events to make all of this happen!
Annual Conference 2020

Annual Conference 2020

3/1/2020
Information and submissions for Annual Conference 2020 are online at www.wnccumc.org/ac2020. Annual Conference deadlines are approaching for submitting petitions (April 1), scheduling special events (April 8), and display registration (April 15).
Annual Conference Petitions

Annual Conference Petitions

2/16/2020
WNC Annual Conference Petitions Due
AC2020 Housing & Info Letter in Mailboxes!

AC2020 Housing & Info Letter in Mailboxes!

2/11/2020
The housing and information mailing was sent out on February 11th. It contains important information related to housing and other information important about Annual Conference 2020. If you did not receive the mailing and expected to, please contact your district office.  You can find all of these materials and more, updated daily, at https://www.ac2020.org or https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2020
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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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