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GC2016: Remaking the denomination’s map?

By Heather Hahn (UMNS) Could reshaping the map of The United Methodist Church help strengthen the denomination? Delegates to the 2016 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, will consider proposals that aim to do just that. Among them are petitions that would alter jurisdictional boundaries in the United States, create a U.S. central conference or revamp the denomination’s regional structures Continue reading GC2016: Remaking the denomination’s map?

Susanna Wesley: Mother of Methodism

She never preached a sermon, published a book, or founded a church, yet Susanna Wesley is known as the Mother of Methodism. The example of faith and religious reverence she set for her children John and Charles inspired them to become powerful spiritual leaders, and to launch the Methodist movement. Historians from the General Commission on Archives and History offer this information about Susanna Continue reading Susanna Wesley: Mother of Methodism

Follow General Conference Online

Here are some ways that you can follow along with General Conference, May 10-20, 2016: Bookmark the website. GC2016.UMC.org is the source for everything about General Conference 2016. News, blogs, resources, videos and photos about everything happening at General Conference are available in this central location. United Methodist Communications will update this page throughout the General Conference with the latest Continue reading Follow General Conference Online

WEEKLY UPDATE 042916

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS Reverend Sherri L. Barnes will lead Pfeiffer University’s Youth Theological Institute WNC Camps Begins a New Video Series New Staff Changes and Directions Announced Follow-up Statement to First UMC, Charlotte Story A More Excellent Way LATEST CAREERS Marketing Manager Director of Youth Continue reading WEEKLY UPDATE 042916

Reverend Sherri E. Barnes will lead Pfeiffer University’s Youth Theological Institute

Misenheimer, N.C.—Rev. Sherri E. Barnes has been named director of Pfeiffer University’s Youth Theology Institute (YeTI). An intensive two-week summer experience for theologically minded high school students supported by Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, YeTI will launch this summer, July 10-24. To learn more and register for YeTI, visit pfeiffer.edu/yeti. Designed for rising sophomores, juniors and Continue reading Reverend Sherri E. Barnes will lead Pfeiffer University’s Youth Theological Institute

WNC Camps Begins a New Video Series

Introducing a new video series featuring each of your camps in the WNCC! Camps of the WNCC:  Episode One 1, Camp McCall Ever wonder what Camp McCall in Bostic, NC is like? Maybe you’re looking for a rustic and charming place for your youth or retreat group to disconnect from the craziness of everyday life and just rest and be Continue reading WNC Camps Begins a New Video Series

New Staff Changes and Directions Announced

Bishop Goodpaster and the Cabinet announced several changes in the conference staff, including new positions and new directions for our shared mission. “We continue to move toward resourcing and supporting local churches in alignment with our core purpose which is to increase the number of vital churches fully engaged in God’s mission in the world,” explained Bishop Goodpaster. Vital Discipleship Continue reading New Staff Changes and Directions Announced

Follow-up Statement to First UMC, Charlotte Story

Multiple media outlets have reported that Rev. Dr. Val Rosenquist at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte performed a same sex wedding, which would be in violation of Paragraph 341.6 in The 2012 Book of Discipline, and that Bishop Melvin Talbert was in attendance at the service. A formal complaint was filed with Bishop Goodpaster over the weekend, after the Continue reading Follow-up Statement to First UMC, Charlotte Story

A More Excellent Way

April 25, 2016 Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We write to you to express our deep gratitude for life together in the United Methodist Church here in the state of North Carolina. With you, we love our state and yearn for our lives to reflect the more excellent way described by Paul in I Continue reading A More Excellent Way

WEEKLY UPDATE 042216

PAST UPDATES Here are this past week’s major changes to the website. What did you miss? LATEST NEWS 10 fascinating facts about John Wesley and United Methodism GC2016: “What does it mean?” and “High-Tech Hymnal” Duke Chapel Posts Over 2500 Sermons Online Registration is Open for Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska LATEST CAREERS Weekday Preschool Director Director Continue reading WEEKLY UPDATE 042216