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Day 8 – Rev. Jon Strother

Before today’s reading was ours to ponder, it was offered to a people who had watched their nation be ripped apart; first from within, and then oppressed from without. “One nation under God,” became divisible. We know what that looks like, don’t we? We witnessed it right here – 160 years ago – North and... Continue Reading→

Five Minutes of Your Time Can Help

A Duke Divinity student from our conference, who is working with RAFI and Resourceful Communities this semester, is creating a map of creation care ministries throughout the North Carolina Annual Conference. RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation, Int.) and Resourceful Communities are two nonprofits in North Carolina who work to assist local farmers, rural communities, and rural... Continue Reading→

2020 Annual Audit Report

The Annual Audit Report is now ready for uploading your data for the calendar year 2020, which is due from all churches no later than August 1, 2021. You will find this report on the Conference’s Online Data Collection System. Once again, there is a series of questions you must answer to access one of three... Continue Reading→

Day 7 – Emily Lain

For the last 5 years, I have lived close enough to walk to the ocean in about 5 minutes. When you step outside, the air smells salty and kind of fishy. From the parsonage porch, when it’s hushed out, you can hear the waves. And while it’s good to be close to the ocean, it’s... Continue Reading→

Join the Journey at Hood

Hood Theological Seminary invites you to “Join the Journey!” Hood offers Graduate Certificates, Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry programs. Hood also offers continuing education for non-academic classes with The Center For Chaplaincy, the Institute for Early Career Clergy Development, and the new Congregational Faith and Learning... Continue Reading→

Notice for FSA Participants

You may have unclaimed balances available in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA).  Please read this notice in its entirety.  An unclaimed balance may arise from either or both the 2020 and/or 2021 FSA contributions.  Typically, FSAs are a use-it-or-lose-it benefit plan, meaning that you lose the money you contributed if you don’t claim it for reimbursement by... Continue Reading→

Deep Chaos with Steve Taylor & Ernesto Barriguete

This is the final episode of a 3-part series. Steve Taylor and Ernesto Barriguete meet at Pilgrimage, an annual youth event in the NC Conference, just after the 2016 United States presidential election. During the event, a clothespin that stated: “Build That Wall” was placed on a Hispanic youth.

Day 6 – Rev. Robin Jones

My mind takes me back to the winter of 2004. My husband, Eric Todd, was preparing to retire out of the North Carolina Army National Guard after 30 years of service, our son was twelve years old, and life was going great. But soon, a massive number of troops were to begin to deploy for... Continue Reading→
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Women’s History in the Methodist Movement

March is Women’s History Month, and the Methodist Church has a rich history of women’s leadership. Borrow these books to learn about this history and teach it to others. We also have some DVD documentaries on general women’s history to add to your watch list. Ask the UMC is highlighting the stories of groundbreaking Black... Continue Reading→

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