We will be gathering on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Peace UCC in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our lodging will be at the TBD Hotel (s) in Greensboro which you will need to contact directly to make reservations. (Information on hotels and registration will be provided at a later date). On Thursday evening our closing Worship service will be held at the Canterbury School in Greensboro which will be a joint service with the Southern Conference Annual Meeting being held Thursday, June 13 through Saturday June 15, 2019. The two events are being coordinated near each other, held back-to-back, and you are invited to attend just the Women's gathering or both gatherings. -- BG
Details for 54th Annual Southern Conference Gathering Announced
Dreaming...What's Possible with No Limit!
"But Jesus looked at them and said,
"For mortals it is impossible,
but for God all things are possible."
This is your Official Call Letter inviting you to attend and participate in the Southern Conference 54th Annual Gathering, June 13-15, 2019 hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Association. This year's event will be held at the beautiful Canterbury School in Greensboro, NC. The meeting 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 is invited to attend.
Read More: https://www.soc-ucc.org/annual-gathering
General Synod 32 - We gather to be more, do more, become more
Revisiting a [Southern Conference sponsored] General Synod 31 Resolution - Bringing Down the Walls in the Caribbean: Ending the United States Embargo on Cuba
Catawba College's Youth Theology Institute
July 7-12, 14-19, or 21-26
Registration is now open!
SALISBURY - Catawba College's Youth Theology Institute, Discover, seeks to engage youth around theological reflection and vocational discernment. This summer we are offering two weeks for high school students (July 7-12 or 14-19) and one for middle school students (July 21-26) at Black Lake Retreat Center. There is a $25 registration fee but the cost of the program is covered by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. We would love to have recommendations from church leaders on youth who would thrive in such an environment. Please direct questions to Shannon Axtell Martin at 704-637-4725.
You are invited to join us in welcoming our New Pastor, Rev. Micah Royal!
Please take time to join us in worship as we take this bold step together at Life’s Journey on Sunday, June 2nd in our sanctuary on Edgewood Avenue or on June 9th at our Annual Lake Side Service at Lake Mackintosh.
Sister Circle of the Southern Conference
May 20, 2019 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Registration OPENS April 20 (Instructions forthcoming)
An Invitation is extended to all of the Southern Conference to Join this event via WEBINAR for a 2nd Event
"I am an African American Minister: So What If I am a Woman?"
Featuring Rev. Sharon Ellis-Davis (D.Min.)
Julia O'Brien (PH.D), Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA), will offer two lectures on "The Message of the Prophets" at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Burlington, NC.
Seminar fee of $10.00 (per person) is due by May 12.
On-line registration: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4716535/o-brien
or complete the Registration Form and mail with a check to the church.
For additional information, please contact Rev. Phil Myers at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-226-7346.
Self-Care Women's Retreat
will be held at Virginia Beach, Va. Registration is open at www.SheBuildsaVineyard.com (click Women's Retreat). For more information please contact Rev. Willie Mae Hawkins (D.Min.) at ShebuildsaVineyard@gmail.com or DrWillieMaeHawkins@gmail.com or call (919) 307.9980. Vendors are welcome. Download flyer
Melfield United Church of Christ has planned special services to honor The Reverend Dannie T. Williams (Ed.D), who has served Melfield UCC for 23 years, and is marking 44 Years of total Ministry.
11:00 a.m.: Guests will be Pastor Donathan Muldrow with Choir and Congregation of the New Life Outreach Ministry Franklinton, N.C.
Fellowship lunch: immediately following the 11:00am service
2:30 p.m. service: Guests will be Pastor Christi Dye, with the Choir and Congregation of the United Methodist Church of Swepsonville, N.C.
Each year, thousands of congregations set aside a day to pray, learn, and act near Earth Day, which falls on April 22. In 2019, Earth Day falls close to Easter. Earth Day Sunday can be celebrated April 28 or another day convenient for your faith community Read more:Read more: Creation Justice Ministries resources and ideas
SALISBURY, N.C. - Physicist Amory Lovins, who is called one of the Western world's most influential energy thinkers, will speak at Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation at Catawba is free, but registration is required. You may register at www.catawba.edu/energysystem. Questions may be directed to Cathy Green, email@example.com or 704.637.4791.
High Country UCC Social Justice Film Series (Communities of Hope in Appalachia) begins with a showing of Coming Out - Coming In: Faith, Identity and Belonging. Free and open to the public; download flyer describing this and two other documentary showings (Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America [Apr. 16], and Gen Silent [April 23])
New Macedonia Christian UCC announces a service of installation for The Rev. Patricia Crawley-Ricks (D.Min.), as Senior Pastor. The service is scheduled for April 7, 3:00 pm. Rev. Edward Davis (D.Min.) is guest preacher.
Clergy are invited to wear black robes with red stoles, and participate in the processional. Light refreshments will be served after the service.
BLOWING ROCK CONFERENCE CENTER
BLOWING ROCK - The Blowing Rock Conference Center invites all to their Century Club celebration and open house. The event -- scheduled for April 6, 11:30 am -- is being planned to celebrate the accomplishments of past, present, and future projects, and to officially dedicate a new outdoor shelter. A complimentary lunch and short program will follow.
****A special rate is available regarding rooms booked for this weekend [Apr. 5-6-7] -- for the celebration or a separate event -- at $50.00 per night.
Please RSVP by emailing Amy Stamey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-295-7813
Andy Lang, the Director of the United Church of Christ Open and Affirming Coalition, will be leading a retreat at Johns River Valley Camp. The event, which is for clergy and lay persons, costs $150. Register at www.jrvc.org in the "Retreats" section of the website.
Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn
facilitator for the Southern Conference Creation Justice Network team
Thursday, March 28, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
North Raleigh United Methodist Church
8501 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh
Whether you are new to grassroots advocacy or have been engaged in this critical work for some time, our Legislative Seminar offers the opportunity to hear updates on issues being discussed at the General Assembly. 17 workshops will be offered across three workshop sessions on a variety of topics such as gun violence, healthcare, voter ID, immigration, and gerrymandering. The following two workshops focus on education:
Pulse Check on Public Education: NC Association of Educators A year after teachers flexed political muscles, how are their pay and working conditions improving? Update on schools' performance amid a legislative push for more parental choice. Rich vs poor districts; trends toward resegregation
Higher Education Under Stress: Higher Education Works UNC system is at a crossroads with regard to governance and mission. Is one of the state's principal assets at risk?
Click here for more information about the agenda, other presenters and how to register.
If you are in the Virginia Beach area and don’t have a midday Ash Wednesday service or your members aren’t able to attend your scheduled service(s), please let them know that the Bayside Ecumenical Council will be providing Ashes to Go on the Fountain Plaza at the Virginia Beach Town Center. We will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m.
WNCA Education Day at Abernethy Laurels, Newton, NC
STUFF HAPPENS! The Church @ Ground Zero
This rich day of training will include -
+ a panel discussion about disaster and disaster response
+ six workshop opportunities in two tracks
African American Convocation planned to coincide with Black History Month, February 2019. The theme of this convocation is Pentecostal Power Equipping and Empowering A Prophetic Church.Convocation will be held at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh, NC.
Includes tentative agenda, additional information and mail-in registration form
Melfield UCC, Haw River, NC 27258
On Saturday, February 23rd, from 9:30 till noon, we invite you and your congregations to share in Rev. Richard Joyner's story of redemption, courage, and community at Melfield UCC in Haw River (just outside of Burlington). His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion among food, health and environmental advocates within and without the SOC, including Sarah Horton-Campbell, LaShauna Austria, and Rev Dele, among others. And then comes the feast! We invite you to bring your family's or your church's (or both) favorite heirloom recipes to share; however, if you aren't able to bring food, we will have plenty on hand to feed everyone, at no cost. We do ask that you register for the event, so that we can get an accurate count for what will be needed. Please click here to do so, and to find out more about the event. You can also contact Rev.Karen Richardson Dunn at email@example.com for more information.
BLOWING ROCK - Planning Team for the UCC Winter Youth Retreat have offered a "save the date" press release. The annual retreat will be held on January 18-21, 2019, at the Blowing Rock Conference Center, focused around the theme: Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly. Guest speaker is Robyn Henderson Espinoza (Ph.D.). Music will be provided by Gravel and Silk.
Read more at retreat website: www.uccwinteryouthretreat.org