Susan Beaumont’s new book, How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going, has a lot to offer churches imagining life after the pandemic. If you are curious about her book, hear what UMC pastor Adam Shahan has to say about it: If you want to learn more, don’t forget to register for our… Continue Reading→
“My mother used to say,” the 95-year old church matriarch began (a phrase which usually indicated surprising humor or deep wisdom would follow), “your sacrificing years are the best ones; so don’t complain!” Her eyes twinkled as she gazed into my sleep-deprived eyes of early parenthood. Then she winked and squeezed my hand, because we both knew that there was indeed a right and holy time for some complaining. Especially when lack of sleep is involved.
Still, her mother’s words have stayed with me.
Dear Lay and Clergy Members of the Annual Conference, We greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, and we continue to pray for one another and the whole world as this COVID-19 pandemic wears on. We are making every effort to continue and strengthen our ministry while protecting all our health and well-being. Therefore,… Continue Reading→
The following brief video segment about summer learning loss inspires and motivates our churches to create ways to supplement learning opportunities for our lower-income public school children during the summer months when they are not involved in daily, planned, organized instruction. Sending children home for the summer with donated new and gently used age-appropriate books… Continue Reading→
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We are highlighting books in our collection written by Asian American authors to honor their significant contribution to the work of the church. A Worship Workbook: A Practical Guide for Extraordinary Liturgy By Gerald C. Liu & Khalia J. Williams Extraordinary Christian worship is honest and… Continue Reading→
April 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected health systems globally, crippling service delivery in both high and low-resource countries. However, the effects on already weakened health systems in the developing world have been far more devastating. In recent weeks, the COVID-19 case count – first in Brazil and now in India – has risen… Continue Reading→
The week following Andrew Brown Jr. losing his life at the hands of sheriff deputies in Elizabeth City, an ecumenical group of clergy gathered at Mount Lebanon AME Zion Church to march to the location where he was killed.
May 9-15, 2021 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Here are a few resources to help you prepare for the upcoming hurricane season: Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance company for more information. Read our Hurricane Preparation… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends in Christ, I give thanks to you all, using the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians, for partnership in ministry from the first day until now. Called to ordained ministry, I was set apart for this life of itinerant clergy leadership 42 years ago at the North Carolina Annual Conference Session… Continue Reading→