Brothers and Sisters: As president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops my heart rejoices over the bold, courageous, and compassionate offering of confession, lament, and call to action by our white brothers and sisters of the SEJ College and the gracious acceptance of this act of truth telling as we journey toward the Beloved… Continue Reading→
As Bishop of the North Carolina Conference, I invite you to affirm this summons to witness, protest and promise.
Dear United Methodist friends, Today, Monday, June 1, 2020, we join an expansive Day of Lament as we remember 100,000 persons who have died as a result of COVID-19 and as we remember the violent murders of Black persons, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. In these days of anxiety, grief,… Continue Reading→
As we in the United States mark the death of 100,000 people to COVID-19, let us as United Methodist people join in prayers in worship on Sunday, May 31, and join with countless others on Monday, June 1, in a national Day of Lament. Religious communities and civic leaders including governors and mayors are summoning… Continue Reading→
Grace and peace to you. In this unprecedented time, the NC Conference Committee on the Episcopacy is delighted and reassured that Bishop Hope Morgan Ward will remain our episcopal leader until after Jurisdictional Conference 2021. Given the global pandemic and the denominational refocusing that is anticipated at General Conference 2021, the Committee has repeatedly expressed… Continue Reading→
In this time of COVID-19, we find ourselves in a unique position to receive the fullness of God’s Spirit into our lives.
Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. This year, Ascension Day and Aldersgate Day converge meaningfully on our calendars this Sunday, May 24. To a narrow question of limited hope, Jesus responded, announcing that you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward and Conference Youth President Cooper Sykes invite you to worship during a conference-wide youth Sunday service on Pentecost Sunday, May 31.
Bishop Ward shares the plans for the 2020 Annual Conference and for re-entry and re-gathering in our local churches.