The North Carolina Annual Conference will hold briefings by GC delegates in each of our districts this Sunday: District Gatherings
The Western North Carolina & North Carolina Chapters of the Reconciling Ministries Network will hold a session on General Conference in Winston-Salem this Saturday: Info on Facebook
Most people are aware of the upcoming Special Called Session of General Conference on February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, but many are not aware of the details of the process or the proposed agenda of the conference. UMC Communications has prepared a set of briefs of background information and links to relevant pages on the web. You do not have to subscribe to their monthly service; you simply can download any of the links that interest you.
Many congregations have had “listening” sessions for members to express their concerns as well as to learn how General Conference works. I have been surprised how many long-term Methodists do not know the basic organization of the church’s structure. We have a legislative, executive, and judicial separation of powers in our church’s constitution, much like the US Constitution.
This special called session may (or may not) affect our church structure. The proposed plans and resolutions are only recommendations, and only the General Conference can enact church law.
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The Way Forward - A Series of Discussions for our Church Family
Sundays, October 28th, November 4th, and November 11th from 4-5:30pm
‘How can Christians make life and community work when they disagree, sometimes quite deeply?’
That question is at the heart of a three-part series entitled ‘A Way Forward’ that we are offering on the Edenton Street campus on October 28th, November 4th, and November 11th. As the General Conference of the United Methodist Church prepares to meet in February of 2019 in an effort to discern a ‘way forward’ in regards to our denomination’s ministry with/alongside LGBTQI persons, it is imperative that we similarly engage in a season of prayerful discernment as a congregation.
We invite you to join us on the aforementioned Sundays from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in Kerr Hall as we hear from theologians, clergy and lay leaders who have devoted their life to leading local churches through navigating conflict and loving all people faithfully.
10/28 - Rev Gray Southern, Capital District Supt. and delegation leader for NC Conference delegates to General Conference. He will share an overview of the process, how the General Conference will work and share some history about how the Methodist Church has dealt with controversial issues in the past.
11/4 - Dr. Randy Maddox, ordained Methodist minister and professor of Wesleyan and Methodist studies at Duke Divinity School, will speak about our Methodist heritage and the study of scripture from the Wesleyan perspective.
11/11 - Rev. Paul Stallworth, Whiteville UMC; Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman, Chaplain at Croasdaile Village in Durham; and ESUMC’s Sam Isley will discuss the topic and model how Christians can dialogue on important issues, even when they disagree.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh, NC
We’re moving from January to February!
In recent years we’ve had to reschedule the January meeting because of bad weather. By delaying it a month, we hope to avoid that. We will be meeting in Raleigh to join the regular evening worship service at 7 pm, with the Women of Faith Choir providing the music. Rev. Liz Roberts will be preaching. We expect to have a lively evening so come join us.
Fairmont United Methodist is pleased to present to “From Selma to Stonewall” Tuesday October 17th from 7 pm- 9 pm in the sanctuary. The film will run about an hour and then there will be an opportunity for question and answer with Reverend Gil Caldwell and Marilynn Bennett. There is no charge for this event, and it is open to the public.
The event is sponsored by Fairmont United Methodist Church, Reconciling United Methodists and Friends NC, and the North Carolina Annual Conference chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action. Fairmont is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network.