We’d like to keep everyone up-to-date about the happenings all across the NC Conference offices and committees, so we’ll be posting a roundup of all the major news at the end of every month.
Here’s an overview of NC Conference events and updates from the month of March.
- Episode 6 of Grace for the Future with Bishop Fairley, Rev. Jason Villegas, and Eliza Love was released. Listen and subscribe on your favorite streaming platform.
- Bishop Fairley shared a response to the General Conference postponement. Read the release from the Commission on the General Conference and the message from the Council of Bishops President, Cynthia Fierro Harvey.
- The Conference Health Committee shared two updates from their conversations with Disaster Medicine expert, Dr. Wes Wallace. Watch the latest update from March 22 and visit our Coronavirus Response page for additional resources.
- The #BeUMC focus theme for March was Faithful. Learn more about the campaign, watch new video testimonials, and share A Prayer for the Faithful People of God.
- Read daily Lenten Reflections on the #BeUMC focus theme, Faithful.
- The Cabinet announced Transition Week for the 2022 Appointments.
- The Communications team won two first-place awards at the 2022 UMAC Conference.
- The Annual Conference Planning Committee has chosen to move forward with an in-person Annual Conference to be held at the Greenville Convention Center, June 15-18, understanding we may have to make changes depending on health conditions later this spring. Visit the AC 2022 website for more information and updates.
- Display table, special meals, and resolutions forms opened this month.
- The Judicial Council rendered a ruling on March 29 on whether the standing rules of order for the 2021 Annual Conference had been properly approved.
Center for Leadership Excellence
- 80 people attended the Engaging Conflict Faithfully workshop with Molly Shivers to delve into Jesus’ instructions and explore how we can follow his guidelines in real life.
- 40 people attended the Sacred Expeditions workshop with Pat Grace on March 22.
- Nominations opened for the Harry Denman Evangelism Awards.
- The Safe Sanctuaries Committee is contacting churches who do not currently have policies to help them create policies for their churches.
- View resources for the Faithful People of God.
- View resources for Women’s History Month.
- View Vacation Bible School Resources for 2022.
- View 9 Female Bible Study Authors for United Methodists.
New Faith Communities
- New Faith Communities published the March 2022 newsletter.
Office of Clergy Life
- The Board of Ordained Ministry recommended eight provisional clergy be ordained at the 2022 Annual Conference. Two of these provisional clergy are Deacons and six are Elders. They will be presented to the Executive Clergy Session for approval as members in full-connection of the NC Conference.
- Outreach Ministry announced the application process for The Gary Wayne Locklear Mission Endowment will open in April.
- 2022 Mission Seed Fund applications opened. The application deadline is April 21, 2022.
- Congregations for Children shared advocacy events from Every Child NC and WRAL’s documentary on the Leandro Case.
- The Creation Care Committee opened registration for the Redeeming Creation 2022 conference.
- Outreach Ministry shared advances for Ukrainian refugees.
- Project Agape Board of Directors announced the launch of a new website. The Project Agape NCCUMC webpage is being updated as well. Contributions can be given online or through the Advance S00004 – PROJECT AGAPE, Armenia.
- The Restorative Justice and Mercy Ministries Committee met in March. The Committee shares that some of the best ministry churches can provide to incarcerated individuals is to assist their family members, such as tutoring children, helping families with bills or providing a listening ear.
Race, Equity, and Justice Ministries
- Bishop Fairley met with Native American and Hispanic Latino leaders.