Annual Conference 2020

Annual Conference 2020

Saturday, August 8

at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

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AC19 Registration and Lake Junaluska Guest Information

AC19 Registration and Lake Junaluska Guest Information

6/13/2019
Registration and Check-In for Annual Conference attendees will be open in The Terrace Auditorium (third floor) on Wednesday, June 19  @  3 pm – 7 pm Thursday, June 20  @  8 am – 8 pm Friday, June 21  @  7 am – 7 pm Saturday, June 22  @  8 am – 10 am Please plan to visit registration to record your attendance and receive your conference materials.  Voting devices will be distributed at registration, and without a device, you will be unable to vote, so please allow plenty of time to ...

BMCR and Friends Luncheon

6/12/2019
You're invited to join the Western North Carolina BMCR and Friends Luncheon featuring Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary on “Leading in the Church in a Diverse World." Please RSVP by June 15 JoAnn Carter at jac2405@aol.com.
GC2020 Laity Elections

GC2020 Laity Elections

6/6/2019
The laity voting roster has been released. This booklet is for use by lay members of the annual conference during the 2019 election of delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. You will find the personal statements of laity of the Western NC Conference who have consented to be considered during the election process.
Pre-Conference Briefing

Pre-Conference Briefing

6/5/2019
Bishop Leeland shares about the AC2019 Theme, Speakers and Offerings. Conference Secretary Kim Ingram shares details to make your AC2019 experience go smoothly.
Program and Reports for Annual Conference 2019 Posted

Program and Reports for Annual Conference 2019 Posted

5/17/2019
The 2019 Programs and Reports for Annual Conference has been posted. You may download it (or view in your browser) by clicking here.
Innovation at Annual Conference 2019 and 2020

Innovation at Annual Conference 2019 and 2020

5/16/2019
Annual Conference 2020 promises to feature another chapter in WNC’s emerging culture of innovation! AC 2019 featured an innovators’ dinner, videos for the whole conference to glimpse the new things that God is up to in these ministries, and a gathering at BearWaters Brewing Company in Canton for innovators to connect and fellowship informally.

AC2019 Advance Meal Purchase for On-Property Guests

5/15/2019
New for 2019!  For those who are staying at Lake Junaluska properties during annual conference, purchasing meals 21+ days before AC2019 will save you both time and money!  Simply fill out the form and select the meals you want to reserve in now, on the Advance Meal Purchase Request Form available at https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2019-housing or at this google form link.  Lake Junaluska staff will touch base to finalize your meal plan.  Advance Meal Purchases must be made by May 30, 2019 to receive...
Emory Club 5k - AC2019

Emory Club 5k - AC2019

4/25/2019
Annual Emory Club 5k benefitting college-age ministries through Campus Ministries and Wesley Foundations in WNC. Where: LAKE JUNALUSKA 91 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 Contact: Aryn Williams-Ruebel pastoraryn@gmail.com Sign-Up: www.runsignup.com/emoryclub5k When: June 21, 2019 at 7am. Cost: Early Registration $25 - After 5/31 $35

Hood Seminary Alumni & Prospective Student Dinner

4/10/2019
Hood Theological Seminary Alumni & Prospective Student Dinner Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:30 – 7:00 pm Foundations for Evangelism Center 125 N. Lakeshore Drive Lake Junaluska, NC  27845 Please RSVP by Friday, June 7th Charper@hoodseminary.edu  

Including Special Events in the Annual Conference booklet

4/9/2019
Special Events held in correlation with the WNC Annual Conference will be submitted online this year, to streamline recording events for publication.   To request your event be included in the Program & Reports and P&R Supplement books, please visit the AC2019 Special Events page, and fill out form linked through the Special Events Calendar Submission button.  (Your event information will be sent to Marsha Patton at the Conference Center.  For questions, please email Marsha directly, in ...
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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

Bishop 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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