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.

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


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

September 24, 2018

Experience First, Explanations Later

Without experiences of God, the explanations can become meaningless.

September 17, 2018

Lessons from Jury Duty

In fact, I observed something incredible taking place, something we don’t often see in today’s culture: two opposing sides discussing a controversial issue with civility.

September 06, 2018

The Morning After

Laura Auten reflects on the morning after the Special Session of General Conference in February 2019.

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.  ...

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