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.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’” – Isaiah 52:7 There are some expressions of thanksgiving, gratitude, and appreciation where words are often inadequate. In this season of our lives together, I find this… Continue Reading→
Methodist University has been and continues to be a major part of our lives and is deeply rooted in our collective consciousness. The inappropriate and reprehensible racist action in one of its sororities has shaken all of us. Our immediate prayers go out first to the student-athletes who have been harmed and the entire African… Continue Reading→
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.
I made the decision to write my reflection on 9/11 after letting my soul sink deeply into the morning uninhibited by the struggle of what to say. I needed to simply allow my heart to listen for the whispers of God’s voice weeping through the voices of the 2,977 fellow human beings who no longer speak. In the… Continue Reading→
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.