June 8, 2022 The Latest Edition of E-News - AC2022 Updates, New Means Of Grace Podcast Episode, and more

June 13, 2022

E-News - June 8, 2022
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Annual Conference News

The 2022 Pre-Conference Video Reports are now available! View the reports from The Committee on Organization and Rules, United Women in Faith, The NC Council of Churches, United Methodist Men, and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women.

The 2022 Annual Conference Schedule and Special Events are available online. This year the Board of Ordained Ministry is hosting a carnival event to honor all commissioned and ordained clergy and local pastors from the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 with a “hats off” portion and a “Clergy Celebration” carnival on the lawn area at the Labyrinth. This extended clergy celebration sets a space for all clergy to gather, celebrate our new clergy colleagues, enjoy the snacks and festivities, and embrace the gift of in-person fellowship with one another. Find the full schedule and information on all the special events happening at Annual Conference here.

Lake Junaluska is processing advanced meal requests. Instead of calling each guest, they will be charging the credit card on file for the meals ordered. You will see this charge on your bank statement in the next 5-10 days. Meal tickets will be given out during lodging check-in at the Bethea Welcome Center. Please do not call reservations to check the status of your request. Thank you for your patience!

Calling all Women in Ministry! Please plan to join us for a Juice Bar by the Lake at Annual Conference.  We'll gather on Friday morning (6/17) at 9am at the white tent between Stuart Auditorium and Harrell Center for a time of fellowship and celebration of all that's happened during the past 3 years.  There is no charge, but please let us know if you are coming by completing this registration form.

Join Wesley Theological Seminary Alumni and Dean Phil Wingeier-Rayo for Breakfast Friday, June 17 at 8am in the Terrace Hotel during Annual Conference 2022. Send us an email at Development@Wesleyseminary.edu to RSVP.

It's been 3 years since we've gathered together in-person at Lake Junaluska. Let's connect with colleagues and friends to celebrate! Learn more about the fun ways you can connect with God, creation, and one another at this year’s Annual Conference by visiting www.connectatac.com.

Keep up with the latest news and resources for Annual Conference 2022 at https://www.wnccumc.org/ac2022.



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.

The Listening Post: Mental Health Talkspace and Listening Sessions
Partners in Health and Wholeness in collaboration with Care Net Counseling is offering listening sessions and mental health assessments at Annual Conference this year! Our hope is to provide a space for clergy and laity to talk with certified therapists, counselors, and social workers who can provide a space for listening, a space for providing some direction of what next, on the spot assessments, and advice on how to navigate the referral services available through conference health insurance plans. 

#BeUMC honors the core values that connect the people of The United Methodist Church. No matter the challenges we face, God is with us, and we continue to have opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!


Means of Grace: Life in Thirds with Bishop Carter
Means of Grace: Life in Thirds with Bishop Carter - Episode No. 89 In this episode, Bishop Ken Carter shares a helpful technique for thinking about and grappling with the various aspects of our callings and our lives.
Antiracism Ethics Training Registration is Open!
Registration for Fall 2022 Antiracism Ethics Training is open! We are offering nine RISE! Workshops in the fall of 2022.  One of these workshops will be offered virtually and eight workshops will be in-person.




  • Get your 2022 Peace with Justice Sunday Pastor and Leader’s Kit. This Special Sunday kit provides a full package of ready to use resources to help your church celebrate the Peace with Justice Special Sunday (Official Date: June 12, but can be celebrated any Sunday of your choosing) and define how we give, why we give, and the impact we make through connectional efforts. For more info, click here.
  • The Professional Renewal Initiative has been awarded a grant from The Duke Endowment that will enable approximately 16 North Carolina UMC pastors to attend the Clergy Program at Davidson Clergy Center. Scholarships will cover full tuition ($2,800) and a $300 stipend for travel and lodging. To request an application, email info@professionalrenewal.org. For more info, click here.
  • Check out some helpful COVID travel tips from the United Methodist Volunteers In Mission by clicking here.
  • For the latest Boy Scout bankruptcy case update, click here.