Hearts once again struggle for words that will not come easily. Grief brought about by another senseless act of violence at the hands of a teenager with guns
It has long been the hope of the Church universal that we could live into Jesus’ final prayer for his disciples, “that they may all be one.” (John 17:21) Our unity undergirds the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
Dear Friends, I confess my heart aches and grieves where we find ourselves. Our beloved church holds a diversity of opinions, and I understand that some sisters and brothers feel they must leave our Connection for the sake of their conscience concerning issues of human sexuality. As a believer facing hard realities, I draw strength… Continue Reading→
As we continue to see encouraging trends and begin to see aspects of our lives opening up, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on how COVID-19 has affected our lives and how we have responded.
The United Methodist Church is founded on a Wesleyan theology of grace, anchored in Scripture, and based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the continuing movement of the Holy Spirit. You are invited to join a virtual gathering of all interested laity and clergy in the North Carolina Conference on Tuesday, April… Continue Reading→
Out of commitment to the well-being of our clergy, The Bishop and Cabinet are declaring June 28 – July 5, 2022, as Transition Week in the NC Conference. Clergy receiving new appointments will move on June 28 and have their first Sunday in a new pulpit on July 10, with a guest preaching at the… Continue Reading→
March 16, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bishops of The United Methodist Church in their March 15 called meeting discerned pathways for churches choosing disaffiliation and separation. The bishops have met two consecutive weeks to discern pathways forward in these changing times. The bishops affirmed by an overwhelming majority that paragraph 2553 in the Book of Discipline would… Continue Reading→
My first response is one of deep vulnerability. I have been at a place of lament for quite some time as my spirit tries to navigate and process all that is before us, including this recent announcement around General Conference.
“Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” – Psalm 51:11-12 I write this reflection with a great deal of indebtedness to Jan Richardson, whose Ash Wednesday article “The Hands that… Continue Reading→