The Latest Edition of E-News - AC2022 Updates, Robb Elementary School Shooting Response, and more

June 1, 2022

E-News - May 25, 2022
E-News is an email newsletter sent out by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. It contains important news, stories, and events from around our conference. Submit articles for the next e-news. Submit events.



A Message Regarding the Robb Elementary School Shooting from Bishop Robert Schnase
Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Conference of The United Methodist Church offers a message regarding the Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. We ask that United Methodists across the Western North Carolina Conference continue to hold our siblings in Texas in prayer as they wrestle with this devastating loss.

Annual Conference News
The Western NC Conference is excited to welcome this year's Annual Conference guest preachers, Rev. Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, dean of Duke Divinity School, and Rev. Dawn M. Hand, superintendent of the Central Maryland district in the Baltimore-Washington Conference and WNCC clergy. Learn more about this year's guest preachers here.

ONE DAY LEFT to submit your request for Advanced Meals Purchases. Meal requests must be made by May 26th to receive discounts and guarantee your AC22 meals. Once submitted, please be patient as Lake Junaluska staff is responding to all requests. They will call you to collect payment, in the order requests are received.

The 2022 Annual Conference Program and Reports Book is available online. Clergy and Lay Members of the 2022 annual conference are invited to read about the ministries of the Western North Carolina Conference.

Alumni of Candler School of Theology are invited to the Western North Carolina Candler Club Dinner at Annual Conference. RSVP here.

Alumni and Prospective Students of Hood Theological Seminary are invited to the Western North Carolina Hood Dinner at Annual Conference. RSVP here.

Keep up with the latest news and resources for Annual Conference 2022 at

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the WNCC: Rev. Dr. Abraham Kim
Did you know Rev. Dr. Abraham Kim became the first Asian-American to be elected as a clergy delegate to Jurisdictional Conference from the WNC Conference? In this short bio, Conference Archivist and Historian Jim Pyatt tells a story of Rev. Dr. Kim's influence in The United Methodist Church.


Means of Grace: Ministry with Young Adults
Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram, podcast hosts, talk with Rev. Dr. Preston Davis, Minister to the University at High Point University about his DMin focus on Christian practice for addressing the increase in fear and anxiety in young adults.  They talk about the role of mentors, churches, and parents in the lives of young people and how to help young adults belong. Preston shares knowledge, experience and wisdom from his research and interactions with students that are beneficial to all of us.
Both/And Worship Cohort 3rd Round
The Church Development Office, in partnership with the WNCC Foundation and the Reynolds Ministry Fund, is excited to offer the 3rd Round of the BOTH/AND Hybrid Worship Cohort Grant in an effort to help our churches improve the quality of online worship and provide a framework for hybrid worship in preparation for a post-pandemic reality. This is a rolling grant. When you apply you will receive a response as soon as possible. We will receive applications from May 18 to July 1, or until we receive 30 applicant churches.
Innovation Lab
Are you a church motivated by faith and want to reimagine something old or start something new that makes your church and community better? If so, our innovation ministry lab is for you. The Congregational Faith and Learning Center at Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC, invites local churches to participate in the upcoming church innovation Ministry Lab that begins June 8. 
The Sacred Invitation
The Sacred Invitation offers a vision of vocation. This 12-month soul-shaping curriculum is for those who long for something more. At the deepest level, this work frees participants to identify and follow their God-given passion.


  • The WNC Board of Ordained Ministry is inviting you to help celebrate the years of faithful service of WNCC Retiring Clergy by making a gift to a new initiative called Pass-the-Mantle, which will provide scholarships for WNCC seminary students.
  • Our Christian principles charge us to be a community of prayer and action. We are to live in the tension of piety and work. Worldwide, we continue to experience racial, ethnic, and tribal injustices that dehumanize God’s people. We are called to work towards liberation — as a spiritual and actionable practice. For this reason, the General Commission on Religion and Race invites you to participate in the Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge. Beginning on Juneteenth (Sunday June 19, 2022) we will post daily prayers on social media for six weeks. We’ll also include weekly challenges to help you put your prayers into action.
  • The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina is offering leader kits for Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being for a discounted rate of $79. Saving Grace is positively changing the conversation around money in churches just like yours. This resource has proved so valuable, the Foundation is buying Leader Kits for the first 100 churches who register.
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Connect at Annual Conference
It's been 3 years since we've gathered together in-person at Lake Junaluska. Let's connect with colleagues and friends to celebrate!

Thursday Morning, June 16, there will be several opportunities to connect in creation and experience the beauty in Lake Junaluska and the surrounding mountains.

On Friday Evening, June 17, join with old friends and new friends for fun activities around the lake and in Waynesville. Visit for all the details and registration.

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