Bishop Ward encourages people in the North Carolina Conference to join the Western North Carolina Conference in accepting the challenge from United Methodists in the Denver area to collect non-perishable food items. After the game, the number of items will be tallied and many people will be blessed. Monetary donations will count as 1 item per dollar.
Bishop Ward gives thanks for all the North Carolina Annual Conference has done to “imagine no malaria” while working towards the goal of $1 million to save lives in Africa.
Bishop Ward asks us to pray for the “Let Us Pray” gathering for clergy on Feb. 1 and draws upon the prophet Isaiah’s writing that we “shall be a thing of beauty in the hand of the Lord.”
North Carolina Wesleyan College has received a grant of $600,000 to establish the North Carolina Wesleyan College Youth Theology Institute. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward welcomes in the new year by reflecting on the text from Ecclesiastes 3 and from the Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition.
Bishop Ward tells the Mexican legend of the miracle of the poinsettia and the miracle of the birth of Christ, bringing grace and beauty into the world around us.
Bishop Ward quotes Micah’s scripture about tiny Bethlehem and elaborates on how God meets us even in the small places of our lives.
January 1 will lead off 131 days of continual prayer for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (#UMCGC), which meets May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The quadrennial legislative event begins 131 days after the New Year. By coincidence, there are 131 annual (regional) conferences in The United Methodist Church. The Council of… Continue Reading→
United Methodists around the world demonstrated inspiring generosity through their contributions on Dec. 1, 2015 — UMC #GivingTuesday. Nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million, building additional incentive for giving…. Continue Reading→