The Southern Conference 53rd Annual Gathering

June 21-23, 2018, Hosted by The Western North Carolina Association, will be held at the beautiful Canterbury School located at 5400 Old Lake Jeanette in Greensboro, NC.

Come One! Come All!

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.” (Psalm 51:10,12)


You are invited to attend and participate in the Southern Conference 53rdAnnual Gathering, June 21-23, 2018, hosted by the Western North Carolina Association. It will be a celebration of what God has done and is doing in the life of the Southern Conference.  Every Local Church and related Institutions are invited to attend.

Come join us as we are planning an excellent agenda of education, fellowship, great food, relationship building, praise, worship and business. On Thursday morning, we will be offering a pre-gathering Boundary Training workshop for all clergy and other workshops such as “Safe Church” for both laity and clergy. That evening we will have our opening worship service with The Rev. Kim Hodges, Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church UCC in Virginia Beach, VA. Friday and Saturday will be filled with additional educational learnings and panel discussions. The Southern Conference Celebration Dinner will be at 6:00 pm on Friday.  Saturday, there will be a discussion on the Three Great Loves initiative and our closing reflections will be given by The Rev. Angela Roberson, Congregational UCC in High Point, NC. 

The highlights for our meeting include: Thought-provoking and engaging workshops focused on education and training for the purpose of being prophetic and putting flesh on the gospel; Time for fellowship with members of the Southern Conference at our “pig pickin”outdoor casual celebration dinner featuring a Bluegrass Band; Youth Mission activities and a conference choir. 

The $99.00 registration covers pig pickin and all workshops except boundary training, which is an additional amount. Persons registering for the Boundary Training Course will receive a certificate upon completion. Anyone choosing to come only to pig pickin can pay (a la carte) for that but, would need to also pay total registration fee to participate in workshops.

Like Last year, each church, SOC Institution, and Retired Clergy received a Registration Packet in the mail in April but for your convenience you may download or register online here.  The deadline for registration is Monday, June 11, 2018. 

Come and be a part of what promises to be a wonderful move of God. You don’t want miss it! And, may the Lord find favor on you and your families and bless you abundantly!

Clergy Boundary Training is Mandatory in the United Church of Christ. This is being offerred at the 2018 Annual Gathering but you must register for it. You will receive a certificate at the end of the class. The cost is $25. Click Here For More Info on Course & Presenter.

All Annual Gathering Workshops Sponsored By The Southern Conference Leadership Development Institute


Help! Calling All Church Women of the Southern Conference

In an effort to show true Southern Hospitality at the 53rdAnnual Southern Conference Gathering, we’re asking for volunteers from Church Women of The Southern Conference to assist in extending that warmth and friendliness to the clergy, delegates, and visitors enjoying their time at The Canterbury School. Since WNCA is hosting the event this year, Yolanda Adams and Patti Lovell, who are members of the WNCA Church Women, are the contacts for this endeavor and need all of your help.

For the Hospitality Room, we will need donations of cookies (homemade, of course; wink wink), water, juice, sodas, breakfast items and such, or even monetary contributions to help offset any expenses incurred. Make checks payable to the Southern Conference and put in the memo Annual Gathering hospitality. They can be mailed to 252-B W. 5thStreet, Burlington NC 27215. We’ll need volunteers to assist in setting up the Hospitality Room, being sure that the beverages and snacks stay replenished, and maintaining a tidy refreshment area, all the while sharing that Southern charm smile and welcoming folks!  (And, of course, we’ll need help with clean-up on Saturday afternoon.)

Co-chairs contact information:

Yolanda Adams

Patti P. Lovell

 We’d love to hear from you by the June 4, 2018! 

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Make Your Reservation Now Online

Registration Deadline Monday, June 11th

Hotel Information

Wingate by Wyndham

Greensboro, 6007 Landmark Center Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407 ($124+tax)
Block: June 20-23, 2018
Call (336) 854-8610 and ask for the Southern Conference United Church of Christ block

Fairfield Inn & Suites

4308 Big Tree Way, Greensboro NC 27409 ($139+tax)

Block: June 21, 2018 – June 23, 2018
You can book by calling the hotel directly at 336.369.1300 or with the reservation linkBook your group rate for Southern Conference United Church of Christ

Hilton Garden Inn

Greensboro, 4307 Big Tree Way, Greensboro NC 27409 ($145+tax)

Block: June 21-23, 2018
You can make reservation by calling 336-852-1491 and asking for the Southern Conference block or at the link: 20180621/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Microtel Inn

 4304 Big Tree Way, Greensboro NC 27409 ($74.95+tax)

Block: June 21-23, 2018
You can make reservations by calling 336-547-7007 and asking for the Southern Conference block

Holiday Inn Express

4305 Big Tree Way, Greensboro NC 27409 ($139+tax)

Block: June 21-23, 2018
Make reservations by calling 336-854-0090 and asking for the Southern Conference block

Comfort Inn 

1103 Lanada Road, Greensboro NC 27407 ($109.99+tax)

Block: June 20-23, 2018
Make reservations by calling 336-297-1055 and asking for the Southern Conference block

Hyatt Place

1619 Stanley Rd, Greensboro NC 27407 ($99+tax)

Block: June 20-23, 2018

  1. Guest may call the reservation line – 1-888-867-4003 ( they will need to inform the representative they are with the Southern Conference)

  2. Online- Your guest also have the option to book online. The link for your group is listed below. (Guest must impute the date and select check availability and the discounted rate will automatically appear)