Bishop Fairley’s Advent message reminds us of the “stubborn and audacious hope” we have in the one who is Emmanuel – God with us. As the Advent season begins, let us both be filled with that hope and carry that hope to a world that longs to hear it. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Bishop Fairley reminds us that November is Native American Heritage Month and we use this special time to join our voices in ways that foster justice for our Native American neighbors and give thanks for all they teach us about a healthy respect for each other and all of God’s creation.
In August, Tropical Storm Fred caused devastating mountain flooding in western North Carolina, particularly in Haywood, Buncombe, and Transylvania counties. Bishop Fairley invites churches and early response teams to help our sisters and brothers in the Western NC Conference in their disaster recovery efforts before the winter months set in.
Sara Cortes, chair of Conference Hispanic-Latinx Ministries and Mahali Frias Ponce join Bishop Fairley to share their experiences with Hispanic-Latinx ministries in our conference.
In Bishop Fairley’s introductory message as our episcopal leader, he reminds us that God will provide a grace that is always sufficient to complete God’s good work in, among, and through us.
As Bishop Ward completes her ministry with the NC Conference, she gives thanks and welcomes Bishop Leonard Fairley and his wife, Dawn, back to the conference.
Bishop Ward shares the significance of broken pottery to clergywomen in the Southeastern Jurisdiction and invites all to join an anti-racism conversation on August 31.
In a time of great sadness and despair, Bishop Ward reminds us of Psalm 84 and that we are held in God’s comforting strong arms.
As summer winds down and our children return to school, we renew our commitment to the children, teachers, staff, and administrators in public schools.