BRD Monthly Newsletter - November 2022

posted on November 02

Current COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Worship & Ministry
(updated 7.25.2022)

View the current guidelines here.

For more resources related to COVID-19 visit


Blue Ridge District Office Has Moved!

The Blue Ridge District Office has transitioned to our new office at Abernathy UMC! Please contact us individually by email:

Mark Ralls,
Ruth Kapely,
Shonnie Streder,
Anita Adams,

If you need to mail something to us, please mail it to:

P.O.Box 6302
Asheville, N.C. 28816



Charge Conference Schedule 2022

November 13 (in person)
  • 11:00am 
    Providence (Rutherfordton)

November 14 (in person)

  • 5:30pm
    Higgins Memorial
November 20 (in person)
  • 12:00pm

November 21 (in person)

  • 6:00pm
    Tanner's Grove

A detailed email with Zoom links will be sent to your clergy email.



Save the Date: 2023 Winter Leadership Training

The dates for this year’s Western North Carolina Conference 2023 Winter Leadership Training (WLT) have been set!

Mark your calendars for January 23-26th and join other congregational leaders online in the evenings to make connections, gather resources, and learn more about your specific role(s) within your local church.

A detailed schedule will be made available in the months to come.



Bishop Carter to Continue as Bishop for WNC Conference

The Episcopal Elections for 2022 concluded the first week of November. The SEJ elected three Bishops; Tom Berlin, Robin Dease, and Connie Shelton. Western North Carolina Conference will see Bishop Ken Carter continue to lead WNC through 2024 after ending his residency in the Florida Conference on January 1, 2023. 

View full Episcopal Election results here.
Read more on the SEJ elections and Lake Junaluska gathering here.



The Big Silence Retreat – January Registration Open

Experience big spaces of solitude and silence in community for the purpose of tending the inner fire of your soul. This 4-day mostly silent retreat will now be grounded in the writings of Ruth Haley Barton's Invitation to Solitude and Silence and new prayer resources and prayer stations will be offered. January's retreat will be held January 15 - 18 at the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC (North of Greensboro). Spiritual Development Grants are available towards The Big Silence through WNCC Leadership Development Team.

View more information and registration here.


A Message from Jody Bullard Halstead

Haywood Street is looking for a few pews. On our ministry days our friends often use our space for much needed rest.  We encounter folks sleeping on the floor or curled up in a corner.  We are thinking of ways to be more welcoming and so would like a few pews to place in various areas so that our friends can stretch and rest.  If you have pews to spare or share please contact us.
Grace and peace,
Jody Bullard Halstead



Registration for Fall 2022 Antiracism Ethics Training is open!

The Conference will be offering nine RISE! Workshops Fall 2022.  One of these workshops will be offered virtually and eight workshops will be in-person. 

The 2-day in-person RISE! Workshops will take place from 10am-6pm both days.

The Virtual RISE! Workshop will include self-paced lessons, online small group discussions, and scheduled Zoom meetings spanning approximately 12 days.

Antiracism Ethics Training is the Clergy Ethics Training for the quadrennium through June 2024, and thus it is mandatory for all clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference. The training will be facilitated by RISE! (Race: an In-depth Spiritual Examination) trainers. Each clergy person is to have a lay leader participate in the training. This inclusion of laity will foster more effective change in congregational culture.

Register and learn more:  




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