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Patience, Peace, and the Promise of God: A Christmas Message from Bishop Carter

Read this Christmas message from Bishop Carter as we prepare for Jesus' holy birth this weekend.

An Advent Message from Bishop Carter

Celebrate the Advent season with us by watching these video messages from Bishop Carter. We will update this post each week leading up to Christmas as a new video comes out.

38 Churches Bring Lawsuit Against The Western North Carolina Conference: A Pastoral Response

Bishop Carter responds to the filed lawsuit against The Western NC Conference of The United Methodist Church.

A Resource From Bishop Carter About Misinformation in The UMC

A message from Bishop Carter: "There is misinformation about what the ongoing and future United Methodist Church believes. Some of this misinformation is being shared in local churches.

Post-Annual Conference Message from Bishop Carter

Bishop Ken Carter, Resident Bishop of the Western NC and FL Conferences, gives a follow-up report and shares some thoughts on Annual Conference 2022.

Means of Grace: Will There Be a Place For Me in the UMC? A Panel Discussion From The 2022 Annual Conference

In this week’s episode, we get to listen in on a conversation that took place during the 2022 Annual Conference. On Thursday evening, Bishop Carter, along with a group of clergy from across the conference, of various races, ages, genders, and ministry roles sat down for a panel discussion on the future of the UMC. Their goal was to answer a question you may have asked yourself a time or two – will there be a place for me in the continuing United Methodist Church?

Seven Reasons Why I Love The United Methodist Church

Bishop Carter shares seven reasons he loves The United Methodist Church.

An Easter Message from Bishop Carter

Bishop Carter shares an Easter message with the WNC Conference.

Living in Connection in a Season of Waiting

The United Methodist Church is in an extended season of waiting, a season brought about by a global pandemic that we did not anticipate and extended by variant after variant. The delay is wearing upon us and Bishop Carter offers this message to speak into the present moment.

Bishop Carter Shares Ash Wednesday Blessing

Bishop Carter shares a Lenten message and Ash Wednesday blessing for the Western North Carolina Conference.

Bishop Carter Issues a Call for Prayers & Peacemaking

Bishop Carter calls United Methodists in Florida and Western North Carolina to prayers for peace in the Ukraine and across Europe.

Means of Grace: Our Pathways to the Post-Covid Church with Bishop Ken Carter

Over the past two years, the world has changed dramatically and our ways of doing church have been disrupted.  In this episode, Bishop Carter explores four interrelated pathways to the Post-Covid Church. This is a journey we are called to walk together.

Means of Grace: Examen in the Wesleyan Tradition

As we begin 2022, Bishop Ken Carter offers a spiritual practice for the new year. This Examen in the Wesleyan Tradition walks listeners through a prayerful review of their day, rooted in our tradition as followers of Jesus in the Wesleyan Tradition. We hope this prayer meditation helps you center yourself in grace, repentance, confession, faith and love in this new year.

Bishop Carter Shares a Christmas Message with the Conference

Bishop Ken Carter shares a Christmas Message with the Western North Carolina Conference.

Bishop Carter Offers Simple Guidance for Preachers on Christmas Eve

As pastors and congregations prepare to receive guests on Christmas Eve, Bishop Carter offers simple, heartfelt advice. Keep the sermon brief but grace filled. Appeal to people’s generosity. And make sure those inspired to begin their faith journeys are invited to take the next step.

Bishop Ken Carter Shares a Message of Thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Bishop Ken Carter reminds us that we are Eucharistic people - people of connection and thanksgiving - who are called to give and receive with humility and gratitude in all circumstances.

Saturday Morning with Bishop Carter

Bishop Carter shares about his week in Western North Carolina, his thoughts on baseball, morning walks around Lake Junaluska, and the coffee he's drinking the week.

A Message of Appreciation for Clergy from Bishop Ken Carter

Bishop Carter shares a message of appreciation and encouragement for the clergypersons of the Western NC Conference during this Clergy Appreciation Month.