Dear United Methodist friends, Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers. – III John 2 As the pandemic continues in challenging new ways, we renew our commitment to love God and our neighbor in every way possible. Here in North Carolina, intensive… Continue Reading→
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.
Just as the Magi came and offered gifts to the Christ child, we offer gifts in this season to one another and to our friends and partners around the world.
Dear friends in Christ, Grace and peace to you all in the name of Jesus Christ. As we approach Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, we yearn for gathering in the ways we have been accustomed. This pandemic year has called us into new ways of connecting, celebrating, and comforting one another. The number of people directly… Continue Reading→
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→
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 shares the plans for the 2020 Annual Conference and for re-entry and re-gathering in our local churches.