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→
Dear friends in Christ, Our hearts are heavy as we experience with our friends in Elizabeth City the death of Andrew Brown, Jr., by gunshots fired by police. We pray for those closest to him, including Patrice Revelle, his children, and his grandmother Lydia Brown. We pray for the entire community – for elected civic… Continue Reading→
Jesus Christ stands among us, alive forevermore, as we approach Good Shepherd Sunday, marked each year soon after Easter. Consider the strong words of Jesus: I am the Good Shepherd. . .I know my own and they know me. . .I lay down my life for the sheep. . .so there will be one flock,… Continue Reading→
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will be offering a weekly devotion during the Lenten season which begins this week. Each Wednesday during Lent and every day during Holy Week, a 15-minute recorded devotion, led by a bishop and leaders from their episcopal areas will be released. “We are offering this Lenten… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace on this first day of February. As Black History Month unfolds, we honor the active and retired Black clergy who serve among us. Their strength, wisdom, and leadership continue to gift our conference, our churches, and our global connection. We are deeply grateful for your leadership toward God’s… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward encourages us to continue learning and growing in our faithfulness toward anti-racism and to hold on to our hope for transformation in the world.
We in The United Methodist Church know the importance of diversity, of multiculturalism, and of the beauty of Pentecost people.
Bishop Ward and the Conference Connectional Table will be sharing suggested reading this conference year on the topic of anti-racism. The first recommendation is “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.
As we remember the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, let us recommit ourselves to the work of anti-racism, which is a priority of the NC Conference.