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.

September 03, 2018

Guided By The Holy Spirit

By Kel Billings I was driving to church Sunday morning, looking forward to seeing friends. As I drove from Kernersville into Winston-Salem, the closer I got to church, the more uneasy I became about ...

July 30, 2018

Gardens, Grandma, and Gamblers: What I’ve Learned About Holiness

“We just love your garden.”    I’ll admit, I have yet to tire of appreciation for our horticultural efforts.  Our garden is perpetually in a state of chaotic, beautiful transition – creating new ...

July 09, 2018

I’ve Been Told That Patience is a Virtue

By Burt Williams I’ve been told that patience is a virtue.  Over the years I have come to agree. But what does that look like?  It most often involves waiting.  What kind of waiting; passive waiting,...

July 02, 2018

True confession of a pastor:  I love mistakes in worship

by Mary Wood Brown   I remember experiencing this special delight for the first time as a child.  I was sitting across the sanctuary with my best friend, well out of reach of my parents’ discipline, ...

June 26, 2018

Let’s Go Back To Camp!

by Carroll Harris One of the things I love about camp is how when kids go to camp they end up on an “even playing field”.  When kids show up in their shorts and t shirts, they all look the same.  ...

June 18, 2018

Holy Moments

by Duke Ison Michael Rich, who is transitioning from the Holy House back to the local church, gave me a tongue in cheek challenge for this blog. He wrote “Duke – here is a good chance to relay a ...

May 22, 2018

The Foundry House

by Sarah S. Howell-Miller   A foundry is a workshop for casting metal. My only reference for this is a clip from the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers—but there are no orcs or dwarves in ...

May 18, 2018

Praying Our Way Forward

By Evelyn Lemons  A few nights ago, I was sitting with my husband at a local restaurant and we were just finishing our meal.  He asked me if I was ready to go, but he did not seem to be in any hurry....

May 08, 2018

I Make No Apology

by Mark Andrews When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, “We will hear you again about this.” Acts 17:32 NRSV             An apology is an act of contrition; to...

May 01, 2018


by Nancy Rankin I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ and thank you for our shared ministry in our Western North Carolina Conference.  I have decided to retire in June at our Annual Conference.  ...

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