#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 Rev. Dr. Abraham Kim became the first Asian-American to be elected as a clergy delegate to Jurisdictional Conference from the WNC Conference? In this short bio, Conference Archivist and Historian Jim Pyatt tells a story of Rev. Dr. Kim's influence in The United Methodist Church.
Our Christian principles charge us to be a community of prayer and action. We are to live in the tension of piety and work. Worldwide, we continue to experience racial, ethnic, and tribal injustices that dehumanize God’s people. We are called to work towards liberation — as a spiritual and actionable practice. For this reason, the General Commission on Religion and Race invites you to participate in the Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge. Beginning on Juneteenth (Sunday June 19, 2022) we will post daily prayers on social media for six weeks. We’ll also include weekly challenges to help you put your prayers into action.
Did you know Rev. Karen Miyoshi Kagiyama was the first Asian-American woman to be ordained an Elder and be received into Full Connection as a clergy member of the Western NC Conference? In this short bio, Conference Archivist and Historian, Jim Pyatt, shares the story of Rev. Kagiyama and the impact she had on the Western NC Conference and greater United Methodist Church.
In this episode, Dr. Bill White, Jr., Conference Director of Equity and Justice Ministries has a conversation with members of the Just Compensation Task Force for an update on their petition for Annual Conference. Rev. Amy Coles, Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Norma Villagrana, Chair of the Order of Elders and Rev. Brandon Lazarus share about the status of equitable compensation and the learning and proposals from the Just Compensation Task Force. More information will be shared at www.wnccumc.org/ac2022 as Annual Conference approaches and you can contact Brandon Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With generous support from the Reynolds Ministry Fund of the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort will be offered again in Fall 2022. Interested churches are invited to complete an Interest Form providing basic information and describing their local church’s efforts in racial equity and justice.
The framework for the Learning Cohort is a 6-step process for racial healing and reconciliation developed by Rev. Brian Tillman of the North Georgia Conference of the UMC. “Without racial healing, the wounds of racism will remain and will continue to inflict those who endure racism and those who benefit from it. We all need healing. It is the path to beloved community,” stated Rev. Tillman.
To learn more or ask questions, please contact Cindy Thompson, Executive Director of Boundless Impact, at 336.209.1570 or email@example.com.