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The Conference Blog had its beginnings prior to 2013, but an ongoing, almost weekly version began here: Western North Carolina Conference Blog 2.0.  The blog continues in a new place as a part of the conference website.

Opinions expressed in these articles are completely the views of the author and are not an official statement from the conference.

April 09, 2020

WNCC Easter Worship Service

Download a PDF of the Order of Worship Easter Sunday April 12, 2020 Before Coming Together As you gather for this Easter Service where we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we invite you to create ...

March 04, 2020

WNCC Justice and Reconciliation Team Celebrates Three African American Clergywomen

As we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, the Justice WNCC Justice and Reconciliation Team celebrates African America Female Clergy who have impacted their communities in ministry and law enforcement.

October 29, 2019

Truth and Reconciliation in Northern Piedmont

Rev. Rod Ingram and Rev. Tom Latimer share their experiences of the Northern Piedmont District Truth and Reconciliation process and how we all need to grow into God’s justice.

February 23, 2019

Legacy of Freedom

Rev. Angela Pleasants, District Superintendent of the Catawba Valley District, took a Legacy of Freedom pilgrimage to Selma and Montgomery with 40 laity and clergy. She shares her story here.  I am ...

December 19, 2018

Advent and A Way Forward

by Mary Brown On the first Sunday of Advent, we lit a candle for Christ our Hope.   But I wasn’t feeling very hopeful.     This fall, I attended two day-long meetings about General Conference 2019.  ...

December 10, 2018

Ode to Bill - An Incarnation Story

by Duke Ison   Frederick Buechner has a rather earthy, graphic description of incarnation in his book, Wishful Thinking. It is under the heading “Annunciation.” "Mary couldn’t say she wasn’t warned. ...

November 11, 2018

Intrinsically Linked...

As this is our nation’s 100th year of observing Veterans Day, this reflection is dedicated to those who served and to those who still serve our country in various aspects of military duty.

November 05, 2018

Transformation Journey

Rev. Dan Pezet, Director of Church Development for our Conference, has brought to us a process he used in the Alabama-West Florida Conference that helps churches implement their plans to be healthier ...

October 25, 2018

Dreams for Racial Equity in the WNCC

For the sake of the church we love, for the sake of our calling, for the sake of our baptism, for the sake of our Lord, we must dream dreams and make plans to heal racism in the structures of our conference.

October 15, 2018

Ubuntu

Perhaps what we must remember is Ubuntu, that word from African philosophy that means “I am because we are.”

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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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