Unity Dialogue to meet Aug. 30
The Unity Dialogue meets three times a year to practice the holy conferencing that marks Christian covenant community. This Dialogue is focused on the difficult topic of the church and homosexuality, and participants are challenged to listen, and to speak the truth in love about this topic. The next Unity Dialogue will take place on Aug. 30, 4-6:30 p.m. at the Methodist Building in Garner. The conversation is open to all, and following worship, these questions will be considered: 1) Why is the topic of homosexuality so passionately important in the churches and in the general society today? 2) Given what is going on in The United Methodist Church and in the larger society with regard to homosexuality, what is the way forward for The Unity Dialogue? In other words, what is the current vocation of The Unity Dialogue in the North Carolina Conference? How important is “Christian conferencing” in our time and place?
Nov. 9-11, Fayetteville, NC
If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?
The Pilgrimage 2012 Group Song, Dance, Skit or Video deadline is Sept. 1. Does your group have something to share? Visit http://www.nccpilgrimage.org/ to learn more about it under Share. You can upload a video submission of your dance, song, or skit idea to YouTube and send us a link or mail a DVD to Pilgrimage Group Dance, Song, Skit, or Video Submission, c/o Robin Harry, NCC UMC, 700 Waterfield Ridge Pl., Garner, NC 27529.
Personal testimony and Houseband application deadline is also Sept. 1. Get involved at http://www.nccpilgrimage.org/.
Reggie McNeal to teach in the NC Conference
Reggie McNeal, author of “Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church”, is coming to the NC Conference Nov. 2 and 3. McNeal brings years of experience as a specialist with the Leadership Network of Dallas, TX, and he infuses his message with humor, hubris and a healthy dose of challenge. He will speak on the same topic both days, allowing clergy and laity to choose the presentation that best suits their schedule and location. The Friday session will be from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at St. Luke UMC, Sanford. The Saturday event, also from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m., will be held at The Methodist Building, Garner. A fee of $15/person will be charged to cover costs and lunch. (A bank transaction fee will be added to online registrations.) Registration information will be available soon at https://nccumc.org/connectionalministries/reggie-mcneal/.
DBOM Sunday – Aug. 26
DISCIPLE Bible Outreach Ministries (DBOM) Special Sunday offering is coming up on Aug. 26. This offering is vital to keeping DISCIPLE in NC prisons and jails. There are the most amazing stories of transformation happening in the prisons because of the work of DBOM and its volunteers. Please know that this offering is crucial to the DISCIPLE ministry as almost half of DBOM’s yearly needs are met through the August offering. Please add your voice to this special Sunday offering in order to: transform the lives of United Methodist congregants through the study of God’s Word, transform the lives of men and women who are incarcerated, and to spread this transformational study.