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August 19, 2014
The 2014 session of our Western North Carolina Annual Conference authorized Bishop Goodpaster to name a Task Force to generate a pool of names for potential Board members at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem. The action of the Conference was in response to the current reality and challenges facing The Children’s Home.
August 19, 2014
During the recent session of our Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska, Bishop Goodpaster facilitated a panel discussion about the future of our denomination, and the conversation that has recently surfaced about the possibility of division. During that time it was announced that there would be a series of conversations at various sites across the conference during the coming months, open to interested United Methodists. These 90-minute sessions will utilize a variety of models, but most importantly will be opportunities for us to engage in holy conversations and civil discourse where we may disagree but do so in a spirit of respect and care, and of openness to the Holy Spirit.
August 18, 2014
The School of Congregational Development. Sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship, was held at Matthews United Methodist Church in Charlotte, August 14-17. Over 500 participants gathered from across the denomination for inspiration, learning and worship on the theme: The RACE- Strategies for Relevant, Authentic, Christ-centered Engagement with the world.
August 18, 2014
Since Aug. 9, the Rev. F. Willis Johnson has devoted his entire ministry to fostering peaceful — and meaningful — responses to the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the violent tumult that followed in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown led to four days of clashes between police in military-grade riot gear and angry crowds. The United Methodist pastor led prayer vigils, helped with cleanup, met with community leaders and comforted protesters. Other United Methodist leaders answered his call to help a community in pain.
August 13, 2014
Funding Grants are available through the annual conference for Church Revitalization and New Church Development projects. The newly formed Conference Church Vitality Team meets quarterly to review proposals for funding. Proposals for funding in 2015 must be submitted to the Office of Church Vitality no later than Monday, October 20, 2014 for consideration at our November 2 meeting or Monday, February 9, 2015 for consideration in March 2015.
August 13, 2014
While working with the WNCC, I am often getting questions about the use of graphics and logos of The United Methodist Church. Here is a great page for all of our churches to use. Be sure to read up on the usage guidelines of the official UMC logo, and see what free resources are available to you. -Michael Rich
August 13, 2014
To help freshmen translate that new language and make a smooth transition from high school to college, administrators and students from United Methodist-related colleges and universities are offering advice for those hitting campus for the first time.
August 11, 2014
The 48th “Gathering of the Laity” of the Western North Carolina Conference was held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center August 8-10. Laity from all eight districts were present for worship, inspiration and great music.
August 11, 2014
The United Methodist Church is responding in ways few organizations can. Through its network of churches and conferences, it is providing care to children far from home. Through expertly run programs, it is offering relief and legal counsel. And through general agencies, it is providing advocacy and resources.
August 11, 2014
With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa declared an international health emergency, United Methodist church leaders in Liberia are educating people about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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