December 2021 BRD Monthly
WNCC Christmas Worship Service 2021
Bishop Carter, the Appointive Cabinet, and churches across the conference have come together to bring this year's WNCC Christmas Worship Service. We invite clergy and worship leaders to take this opportunity to rest after Advent and spend time in worship with friends around the conference. The video will be available for viewing on the WNCC website, YouTube, and Vimeo on December 20, 2021. A downloadable version of the video and order of worship will also be available for churches to upload and stream through their own platforms. These resources will be available on our website and Facebook as well.
The deadline for completing assessments has been extended for the Western North Carolina Conference. Please continue to complete these as you are able, and let us know if you (as SPRC and/or Clergy) would like assistance with this process. We care about you and want to support you well during this extended time of leading in uncharted territory.
Anti-Racism Ethics Training
Spring antiracism clergy ethics training registration is now open. It is important to take advantage of these opportunities as they become available because spots are limited and this antiracism training is mandatory for all WNC appointed clergy.
This cycle offers online and in-person workshops. There are three Saturday only opportunities for part-time local pastors and laity.
January 9-21 • Zoom Dates Jan. 9, 14, 21
January 24-February 4 • Zoom Dates Jan. 24, 29, Feb. 4
January 31-February 12 • Zoom Dates Jan. 31, Feb. 5, 12
February 13-26 • Zoom Dates Feb. 13, 19, 26
February 28-March 12 • Zoom Dates Feb. 28, Mar. 5, 12
In-Person 2-Day Workshops: (10-6 each day)
April 1, 2 • Asheboro
May 6,7 • Charlotte
May 13,14 • Franklin
June 3,4 • West Jefferson
More information and registration is available here:
Ethics in Ministry (wnccumc.org)
Invitation to Conference Clergy Gatherings
The WNC Leadership Development Team, Bishop, and Cabinet have two offerings for clergy and ministry professionals to gather and care for each other.
Resource to worship together:
A Service of Loss, Lament, Healing, and Hope (wnccumc.org)
Spending time together:
Coming Together: Clergy Collegiality and Care (wnccumc.org)
Sabbath Life 2022 CohortThe Uwharrie District has extended an invitation to Blue Ridge District Clergy to join a 2022 cohort of Sabbath Life. Their ministry has operated in the North Carolina Conference since 2015, and are thrilled to be partnering with the ELCA and Beth and Doug Kearney, retired Lutheran pastors living in South Asheville, to offer Sabbath Life in Western NC in 2022!
The Western NC Conference has offered Spiritual Renewal grants to clergy who participate and anticipate the grants being available for 2022 as well. In addition, the Uwharrie District recently announced an additional $100 grant for those who wish to participate. Find more information and registration here.
Our Congregational Event Calendar is here to help share events and workshops from our congregations that are open to all members of the Blue Ridge District. Please have a look, and if you would like to add an event, send an email to Brie.
- December 1: WNCC Leadership Scholarships Deadline
- December 3: Innovators' Table Buzz Session
- December 31, 2021: School of the Spirit early applications due
- January 16-19- 2022: The Big Silence Retreat