Event Cancellations

April 20, 2020

Western North Carolina Conference Event Cancellations: 

  • Annual Conference 2020
    • Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet have made the decision to postpone the Western North Carolina Annual Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of our traditional three-day event, the decision has been made to hold a one-day Annual Conference session on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8 at Lake Junaluska. Additional details about the gathering and plans for the clergy session and the ordering of ministry service will be announced soon. Alternative options continue to be explored, in the event that restrictions on gathering remain in place through the summer months. Any updates will be communicated as decisions are made and finalized.
  • IgniteUS
    • The IgniteUS middle school retreat scheduled for April 24-26, 2020 has been cancelled. We grieve with the members of the Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) who made this difficult decision, especially the high school seniors who were looking forward to their final year of leadership for this event. Churches who had already paid registration fees have been issued full refunds.
  • Local Pastor and Member of Other Denominations Workshop
    • The Local Pastor and Member of Other Denominations workshop scheduled for April 25 at Milford Hills UMC in Salisbury has been canceled.  You will receive a refund for your registration within the next few weeks. 
  • Seeds of Change
    • The Seeds of Change course that was scheduled for April 28-29 has been cancelled. The next scheduled Seeds of Change course will be June 1-2 in the Appalachian District at their District Office.
  • UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat
  • WNCC United Methodist Women - Mission U

District Cancellations


  • UMW Mission Study scheduled for April 25th is postponed. The future date is to be determined.​

Blue Ridge

  • UMW Mission Study scheduled for April 25, 2020 – Cancelled, watch for information about reschedule.

Catawba Valley

  • UMW Mission Study scheduled for April 25, 2020 – Cancelled, watch for information about reschedule


  • UMW Mission Study scheduled for April 25, 2020 – Cancelled, watch for information about reschedule

Smoky Mountain 

  • The UMW Day Apart, scheduled for April 25th, is cancelled for 2020.


  • The UMW Prayer Breakfast scheduled for May 2nd has been cancelled.

Yadkin Valley

  • The UMW Prayer Breakfast scheduled for April 25th has been postponed. The future date is to be determined. 



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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.


Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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