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Smoky Mountain District's Juneteenth Gospel Celebration!

News Article May 17, 2022
Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) - The oldest known African-American celebration. On June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas, received word of their emancipation two months after the Civil War had ended, and two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had gone into effect on January 1, 1863. (umcdiscipleship.org) In the fall of 2020, Ken Howle reached out to The Smoky Mountain District on behalf of Lake Junaluska to partner and plan a worship service to show solidarity with African ...

Smoky Mountain District Newsletter May 2022

News Article May 5, 2022
 As a spiritual leader on the margin, Rev. Jae Lee has led people from the edge. From the Edge* will become a voice for diverse perspectives and encouragement among the Smoky Mountain District's churches and leaders. In addition, Jae may ask the district lay and clergy leaders to write a short article from our edges.   Together in One Spirit Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year, they met with the...

Annual Conference 2022

Blog Post March 20, 2022
Information for WNCC Annual Conference can be found here. 

Tempered Resilience: Becoming an Adaptive Leader

Blog Post March 7, 2022
Webinar and Study Groups (via wnccumc.org)  Author, Tod Bolsinger will lead a webinar on March 15 at noon with Bishop Carter moderating. Information about the webinar can be found here. Tod Bolsinger provides a vision and language for how we address the trials and crucible of leadership in the midst of change, cultivating leadership not just to survive but to thrive. Clergy colleague and study groups will be offered for 8 sessions following the webinar.  One will be sponsored by each ...

Bishop Carter’s Pastoral Response to the General Conference Announcement

News Article March 3, 2022
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District E-News - December 2021

News Article December 8, 2021
District E-News December 2021 From the Edge* As a spiritual leader on the margin, Rev. Jae Lee has led people from the edge.  From the Edge* will become a voice for diverse perspectives and encouragements among the Smoky Mountain District's churches and leaders.  Jae may ask the district lay and clergy leaders to write a short article from our own edges. The Spirit of Christmas: “With” “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with ...

Coming Together: Clergy Collegiality and Care

News Article November 22, 2021
Article via WNCC can be viewed here. 

View The Service Celebrating the Appointment of Rev. Dr. Hyung Jae Lee

News Article November 2, 2021
Thank you to Long's Chapel for capturing and sharing this video of the service celebrating the appointment of Rev. Dr. Hyung Jae Lee.  The service can be viewed by following the link here. 

Burn the Burden - First UMC Franklin Helps with Medical Debt Relief

News Article September 8, 2021
Earlier in Summer 2021, First UMC Franklin held a campaign, Burn the Burden, to help alleviate medical debt for families in our region.  They raised $31,394.27, which they were hoping would alleviate about $3.1 million in debt.  They just received the final report and with their funds, RIP Medical Debt was able to purchase $4,067,694.39 of medical debt for 2,837 families in NC, northeast GA and eastern TN!  They were able to help 68 families in far western NC, and 7 in Macon County where the ...

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ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

Blog Post October 29, 2020
Follow this link for WNCC'S ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES.