It has long been the hope of the Church universal that we could live into Jesus’ final prayer for his disciples, “that they may all be one.” (John 17:21) Our unity undergirds the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
We are excited to be able to again meet in person for Annual Conference 2022. We look forward to seeing you in Greenville on June 15-18 as we worship, learn, conduct business, and fellowship together. We will be blessed in our gatherings by this year’s leadership: Bishop Leonard E. Fairley, the Rev. Janet Wolf, and… Continue Reading→
Dear Friends, I confess my heart aches and grieves where we find ourselves. Our beloved church holds a diversity of opinions, and I understand that some sisters and brothers feel they must leave our Connection for the sake of their conscience concerning issues of human sexuality. As a believer facing hard realities, I draw strength… Continue Reading→
As we continue to see encouraging trends and begin to see aspects of our lives opening up, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on how COVID-19 has affected our lives and how we have responded.
Rev. Jaye White, of the North Carolina Annual Conference, and Rev. Jim Savage, of the Kentucky Annual Conference, join Bishop Leonard Fairley in our seventh installment of the Grace for the Future podcast and video blog. White is an ordained deacon who serves as Conference Director of Outreach Ministries. Savage, an elder in the Kentucky Conference, serves as Director of Missions and Outreach… Continue Reading→
The United Methodist Church is founded on a Wesleyan theology of grace, anchored in Scripture, and based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and the continuing movement of the Holy Spirit. You are invited to join a virtual gathering of all interested laity and clergy in the North Carolina Conference on Tuesday, April… Continue Reading→
My first response is one of deep vulnerability. I have been at a place of lament for quite some time as my spirit tries to navigate and process all that is before us, including this recent announcement around General Conference.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. In this month’s episode of the Grace for the Future podcast, Bishop Leonard Fairley’s guests are Rev. Jason Villegas and Eliza Love. Rev Villegas is an ordained Elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference,… Continue Reading→
As your Bishop, I encourage you to read these words with your hearts and join in prayer for the people in Ukraine. Pray with the prophet Isaiah, “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they study war anymore.”… Continue Reading→