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.

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.  ...

April 23, 2018

Representation Without Information

by Drew McIntyre The clarion call of the American Revolution was "no taxation without representation."  In the Western North Carolina Conference, we face a challenge we might name representation ...

April 16, 2018

What Lies

by Melissa McGill On a cold January day, I walked into Francis Chapel at Myers Park United Methodist Church ready to take on racism with a diverse group of 90 others from our church, including many ...

April 09, 2018

We serve the one who can roll the stone away

by Evelyn Lemons  As we made our way through the season of Lent, there was a sense of anticipation that somehow on the other side of Lent, the burden would be lifted.  We are relieved that the Lenten...

April 03, 2018

Why Are You Crying?

By Paul Brown   I’ve always believed that God has a sense of humor. Earlier this year, I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw that Valentine's Day fell on Ash Wednesday. Nothing like taking your date to...

March 26, 2018

Holy Week Questions

By Duke Ison It is Holy Week! If Christmas Eve gets us in touch with the mystery of God, Holy Week gets us in touch with something entirely different. Holy Week can shine a light on our present ...

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