#BeUMC honors the core values that connect the people of The United Methodist Church. No matter the challenges we face, God is with us, and we continue to have opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
The campaign calls us to embrace our Wesleyan heritage and envision a promising future. Every day offers a chance to live into our mission and to strive to #BeUMC — to be the church our communities so desperately need.
This grassroots effort, built upon powerful stories of congregations and people living their faith, celebrates what draws us to The United Methodist Church and what we aspire to be.
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The Bishops' Message
The #BeUMC campaign is consistent with our United Methodist Bishops’ “A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church,” adopted in November 2021. Together we share our excitement, enthusiasm and hopes for the future of The United Methodist Church.
Did you know that in 1968, Cecil Marcellus was the first African-American elected to the Reidsville City Council, where he served for three full terms and part of a fourth term?
In this short bio, Conference Archivist and Historian Jim Pyatt tells a story of Rev. Marcellus' influence in The United Methodist Church.
In this Means Of Grace podcast episode, we take you into The UMC LEAD Conference. This is an annual gathering of United Methodist leaders from across the US. It was modeled around TED style talks about new and creative ways to engage in ministry such as starting new churches, self care, creativity, leadership challenges, lay ministry, urban and rural ministries, and more. The 2023 UMC LEAD Conference was held at Central UMC in Asheville with the Western NC Conference as the host! Check out some of these highlights and interviews from participants of this year's conference!
Did you know that Dr. David Dallas Jones was the President of Bennett College (A United Methodist College for Women of Color) from 1926-1955?
In this short bio, Conference Archivist and Historian Jim Pyatt tells a story of Dr. Jones' influence in The United Methodist Church.
With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation.
This includes parts 1-10. Updated Apr 2023.
The Western North Carolina Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards honor United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why), and Deed (how) – brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Each year Annual Conferences join The Foundation for Evangelism to recognize one youth, one clergy, and one layperson in their conference. To download the nomination form, click this link https://www.wnccumc.org/denman-awards. Submit nominations to Candy Caron at email@example.com no later than May 16, 2023, to be considered for the 2023 awards.
Lake Junaluska will host three Journey to Joy Women’s Retreats in 2023, bringing women together for meaningful weekends of laughter, sharing, worship and fellowship. Offered in partnership with Leigh Young, author of "Journey to Joy: A Seven-Week Path to the Joyous Life God Intended" and "Lessons from the Letters," the retreats will be held March 24-26, Aug. 25-27, and Nov. 10-12.
In this Means Of Grace podcast episode, Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr. speaks with Dr. Derek Hicks, Associate Professor of Religion and Culture at Wake Forest Divinity School. Together, they discuss this current moment for the Black Church, the future of the Black faith tradition, and what it means to create the Beloved Community.
In this Means Of Grace podcast episode, Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram talk with Rev. Dr. Myer Dahn about Rediscovering the Evangelistic Power of Personal Redemptive Storytelling, the title of his Doctor of Ministry dissertation. Myer talks about how he used storytelling as a primary foundation for empowering laity to share their faith and start a Dinner Church. In this podcast, Myer also shares his story and how it has shaped his call and leadership.