Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Early Sunday morning, vandals painted racist and misogynist graffiti on classroom trailers of Saint Francis United Methodist Church in Cary. This is deeply disturbing to us all as people baptized into Christ and deeply committed to honoring all as beloved… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends, In the wake of hate and violence unleashed in Charlottesville, let us remember who we are and what we offer to the world. We are God’s people, given identity and destiny in baptism. We are God’s people, nurtured into distinctive discipleship as Christ-followers. We are God’s people, given courage, wisdom, strength,… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward describes the different ways the North Carolina Conference will be working to understand the scope of and dismantle racism – from the Cabinet, to the local churches, to the individual.
In this video, Bishop Ward talks about the NC Conference Freedom Rides and how we are called to be ministers of reconciliation.
The bishops of the AME, AME Zion, and CME Churches along with General Officers, clergy and laity from their churches had a meeting in Washington, DC this week. They worshiped together, strategized, hosted a press conference, and met at the White House, all in a concerted effort to confront and ultimately work to end racism… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward discusses the importance of ending racism, as we work with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Work towards ending racism will be upheld through a training provided by the Institute for Dismantling Racism (IDR). Fifty leaders in the Conference will be trained and then work with churches throughout the NC Conference to help eradicate racism.
Bishop Ward and Erin Hawkins discuss the work of the General Commission on Religion and Race. Hawkins is the General Secretary for this UM Commission.
Bishop Ward and the Rev. Chris Brady appeared on WNCN Ch. 17 to discuss the Sacred Conversations: Black Lives Matter event scheduled for Jan. 28 at Duke Memorial UMC.