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Means of Grace
33 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Cooperative Parish in the Blue Ridge District
In today’s episode, Luke sits down with Mark Ralls, Shonnie Streder and Dianne Johnston of the Blue Ridge District to hear about a new cooperative parish that is bringing together six congregations to do ministry together in the Hominy Valley.
39 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Project AGAPE Update
Brian Mateer explores the history, the present and the future of our mission partnership in Armenia, Project Agape, with Board Chair Allan Van Meter. Contact Brian Mateer-WNCCUMC Associate Director of Missional Engagement at email@example.com or Allan Van Meter-Project AGAPE board chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us for a Project AGAPE Virtual Mission trip on Thursday July 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST via Zoom. Whether you have traveled with us in the past or simply would like to know more about the work being done by North Carolina Methodists in Armenia, join us for a Virtual Mission on the evening of July 15. We will learn about the history of Armenia and Project AGAPE, hear from past mission participants, have a live chat with Project AGAPE board and get an update from the Project AGAPE Country Director, Nara Melkonyan. The event is free to everyone who registers. Sign up online: https://wnc-reg.brtapp.com/VirtualMissionTripProjectAGAPE
22 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Equity and Justice with Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr.
Jesse Enniss has a conversation with Rev. Dr. William (Bill) White, Jr to speak about his new role as the Director of Equity and Justice for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and how lay and clergy leaders can take first steps in moving toward these goals. Resources: Anti-Racism Learning and Self-Examination
42 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Celebrating Juneteenth in Western North Carolina
Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram talk with persons from two different communities who are celebrating Juneteenth for the first time. D’Andre Ash is helping to coordinate the event at Lake Junaluska and Lakeysha Medlin and Bruce Handy share the plans for celebrating in Marshville. Learn more about Juneteenth and ways you can celebrate! Resources: Discipleship Ministries | Juneteenth Day Worship Resources (umcdiscipleship.org) Town of Marshville - Juneteenth | Facebook Marshville Juneteenth event Beyond the Books Facebook page Beyond the Books reading guide JUNETEENTH Freedom Celebration at Lake Junaluska (wnccumc.org)
46 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Smoky Mountain District: Pursuing Community and Racial Justice
In this episode, Director of Communications Melissa McGill catches up with the Smoky Mountain District as part of our ongoing series highlighting the incredible ministry of our districts. District Superintendent Rev. Linda Kelly, District Vitality Associate Rev. Nicole Jones and Communications Coordinator Rev. D’Andre Ash share about how the Spirit is moving in their district around racial justice, ministries during the pandemic and more. Connect with the Smoky Mountain District online Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smokymountainumc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smokymountaindistrict/ Website: https://www.smokymountaindistrict.org Juneteenth Event: https://www.facebook.com/juneteenthfreedomcelebrationwnc C4C http://wnccumc.org/c4c
6 minutes | May 18, 2021
Square Breathing Practice
In this time of stress and burnout, Dr. Melanie Dobson guides us through the Square Breathing Practice. It’s been proven to lower heart rate, de-stress and shift mental state …within just two minutes. We hope these meditations allow you to pause and take breath as the world begins to reopen. Melanie is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and an associate professor of Methodist Studies at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. She is also a registered yoga teacher, teaching yoga at churches, in retreat settings, and for cancer survivors. She enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, and being outdoors. She is a single mom to one son, Elijah. Means of Grace will be transitioning to episodes twice a month for the summer and we hope you’ll continue to follow along. We’ll be back on June 1 with a new episode. Have any story ideas or topics you would like us to cover? Send a note to email@example.com.
38 minutes | May 11, 2021
Vaccinating Our Neighbors
In this week’s episode of the Means of Grace podcast, Luke catches up with Rev. David Hockett, Metro District Superintendent, and Rev. Dr. Stephanie Hand, Metro District Vitality Associate, to talk about some exciting things that are happening in their area. They share about churches that are hosting community vaccination clinics, how churches are re-missioning their properties, and the multicultural/multiethnic cohort happening in their district. Resources: Visit the Metro District onlineConnect with the Metro District on Facebook.Read about five Metro Districts that hosted vaccination clinics.Learn more about VaxVan mobile testing and vaccinations.
50 minutes | May 4, 2021
Green Spaces in Ministry Part 3
This edition of the Means of Grace podcast is a three-part series highlighting four ministries in Western North Carolina who are using green spaces in ministry. These ministries meet people where they are and invite them to something new – an orchard, a story walk, a worship service, exercise, a meal. Part 3 features George Eubanks, Mark Hovis, Sean Bloom, and Rev. Noel Sweezy, friends from the multi-faceted ministry, Common Ground, in Stanley. These episodes are airing on the Tuesdays surrounding Earth Day as a way for leaders to consider how they might connect the earth and its Creator with the lives of people in their community. One of the many blessings of living in North Carolina is access to beautiful spaces and God’s earth. These podcasts encourage you to think about your own outdoor space – it doesn’t take much – and how it can be used in ministry. Don’t Miss Part 1, featuring The Village Green in Cashiers and G.I.F.T Aquaponics & Shepherds Garden; and Part 2, featuring Way in the Wilderness: A Church Without Walls. Resources: Common Ground – First United Methodist Church of Stanley, NC (fumcstanley.org) CommonGround of Stanley | Facebook HOME | 24-7Prayer/Charlotte (charlotte24-7.com)
40 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Green Spaces in Ministry Pt. II
This edition of the Means of Grace podcast uses two episodes to highlight four ministries in Western North Carolina who are using green spaces in ministry. These podcasts are being made available near Earth Day as a way for leaders to consider how they might connect the earth and the Creator with the lives of people in their community. These ministries meet people where they are and invite them to something new – an orchard, a story walk, a worship service, exercise, a meal. The blessing of living in North Carolina is access to beautiful spaces and God’s earth. These podcasts encourages you to think about your own outdoor space – it doesn’t take much – and how it can be used in ministry. Part 2 features The Kevins – Kevin Miller and Kevin Bates – who are starting a new faith community in the out doors called Way in the Wilderness: A Church Without Walls; and, friends from Common Ground in Stanley – George Eubanks, Mark Hovis, Sean Bloom, and Noel Sweezy – a multi-faceted ministry to the community. Resources: Earth Day Sunday - CREATION JUSTICE MINISTRIES Worship resources for Earth Day 2021 - Global Ministries (umcmission.org) Caretakers of God's Creation (umccreationcare.org) – United Methodist Creation Care Creation Care (umc.org) – Creation Care in the United Methodist Social Principles Climate • GBCS (umcjustice.org) – General Board of Church and Society resources www.unitedmethodistwomen.org – United Methodist Women resources (search “creation”) Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson (faithandleadership.com) Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith: Bahnson, Fred: 9781451663303: Amazon.com: Books About Us – Watershed Discipleship Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice: Myers, Ched, Nadeau, Denise M.: 9781498280761: Amazon.com: Books Koinonia Farm in Georgia: Home - Koinonia Farm From the Conversation with Common Ground Common Ground – First United Methodist Church of Stanley, NC (fumcstanley.org) CommonGround of Stanley | Facebook HOME | 24-7Prayer/Charlotte (charlotte24-7.com)
62 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Green Spaces in Ministry
This edition of the Means of Grace podcast uses two episodes to highlight four ministries in Western North Carolina who are using green spaces in ministry. These podcasts are being made available near Earth Day as a way for leaders to consider how they might connect the earth and the Creator with the lives of people in their community. These ministries meet people where they are and invite them to something new – an orchard, a story walk, a worship service, exercise, a meal. The blessing of living in North Carolina is access to beautiful spaces and God’s earth. These podcasts encourages you to think about your own outdoor space – it doesn’t take much – and how it can be used in ministry. Part 1 features Ann Self, the executive director of The Village Green in Cashiers; and, Chris Harbin and Edmari Correya deCastro who share about the aquaponics and biodiverse orchard ministry. Resources: Earth Day Sunday - CREATION JUSTICE MINISTRIES Worship resources for Earth Day 2021 - Global Ministries (umcmission.org) Caretakers of God's Creation (umccreationcare.org) – United Methodist Creation Care Creation Care (umc.org) – Creation Care in the United Methodist Social Principles Climate • GBCS (umcjustice.org) – General Board of Church and Society resources www.unitedmethodistwomen.org – United Methodist Women resources (search “creation”) From the Conversation with Ann Self Home - The Village Green Of Cashiers (villagegreencashiersnc.com) Home | Diana Butler Bass Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution Google “Story Wall” to discover ways to exhibit a story in multiple frames. Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org) Richard Rohr The Universal Christ and Every Thing is Sacred From the Conversation with Chris Harbin and Edmari Correya deCastro G.I.F.T. Home (weebly.com) G.I.F.T. Aquaponics & Shepherds Garden | Wingate UMC (wordpress.com) Home Page | EndHunger Society of St. Andrew gleaning
44 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Greg Jarrell of QC Family Tree and author of “Riff of Love: Notes on Community and Belonging”
In this episode, Brian talks with Greg Jarrell, founder of QC Family Tree in Charlotte and author of "A Riff of Love: Notes on Community and Belonging." Since 2005, Greg and his wife have been serving their neighborhood of Enderly Park in West Charlotte through QC Family Tree, an organization that seeks to build a better community through affordable housing, youth development, and art. Brian and Greg talk about building community, the dangers of white centrism in minority neighborhoods, and the work QC Family Tree is doing in Charlotte. The Mission Engagement Team will be hosting a virtual book club discussing "A Riff of Love" beginning April 21st
17 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
A Meditation for Holy Week with Dr. Melanie Dobson
In this episode, Dr. Melanie Dobson shares a Lovingkindness mediation for Holy Week. This is a beautiful prayer practice that offers God’s lovingkindness to each of us and gives us space to offer it to each other—both to those whom we love, and those who really bother us. It is called a “metta meditation.” The word “metta” comes from the Buddhist tradition and means “lovingkindness”: it is a way of offering and receiving goodness, grace, and wellness for ourselves and for others. As Christians, we understand that the source of lovingkindness is the three-in-one God whose very being is love (1 John 4:16). We receive this prayer as a gift from another tradition and practice it with the gentleness and respect it offers to us. This version is inspired by Gil Fronsdal’s book The Issue at Hand, which has been freely given for communal use. Melanie is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference and an associate professor of Methodist Studies at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. She is also a registered yoga teacher, teaching yoga at churches, in retreat settings, and for cancer survivors. She enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, and being outdoors. She is a single mom to one son, Elijah. Resources: Anxiety and meditation | The United Methodist Church (umc.org) GBHEM - The Awakened Life Curriculum The Practice of Lovingkindness Meditation | Pacific Northwest UMC News Blog (pnwumc.org) The Issue At Hand: Essays On Buddhist Mindfulness Practice | IndieBound.org
33 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
In today’s episode Luke Edwards sits down with Carl Arrington, District Superintendent of the Appalachian District, and Gloria Hughes, District Vitality Associate. They share about some exciting things happening in the district. In particular, a weekly Zoom call where clergy in the district have found support and courage to learn in this challenging season.
23 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Wisdom for the Journey with Mary Ana Smith
In this episode, Melissa talks with Mary Ana Smith about her podcast for young women called Wisdom for the Journey. Mary Ana addresses topics like body image, perfectionism, social media, mental health and much more in an authentic, accessible way for teen girls. You’ll hear clips from several of her episodes and you may recognize some familiar voices – several WNCC clergy women have been guests on Wisdom for the Journey including Mary Ana’s mom Rev. Toni Ruth Smith, Rev. Sally Queen, Rev. Sarah Watkins Davis, Rev. Carrie Wright and Rev. Susan Heafner-Heun. Wisdom for the Journey is produced by Mary Ana’s dad Rev. Wes Smith. Listen to Wisdom for the Journey on Apple Podcasts, YouTube or Spotify and follow her on Instagram @WisdomfortheJourney.
45 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Mental Health Conversations with Jay Cobb the Executive Director of Sanctuary Counseling Group
Today’s conversation is with Jay Cobb, the Executive Director of Sanctuary Counseling Group. SCG is dedicated to the healing of heart, mind, and soul; providing excellent emotional, spiritual, and relational health care to all people of the Carolinas. For more information on Sanctuary Counseling Group visit their website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach them by phone at 704-372-5354. You can donate to SCG here.
36 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Journey to Wholeness
Host Kim Ingram shares an intimate conversation with Rev. Jill Smith. Jill has been a church pastor for 20 years and last summer embarked on a new journey that she calls Flourishing Souls. Her ministry uses contemplative prayer for a deeper connection to God and the Enneagram for self-awareness. The conversation covers both. Jill loves dogs (they have two collies), dark coffee, world travel, and deep conversations. Resources: Jill’s website: Flourishing Souls More on Richard Rohr: Center for Action and Contemplation The Healing Time Poem
45 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Building the Church for Generations to Come with the United Methodist Foundation of WNC
In this episode, David Snipes, President and CEO for the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina and Caroline Cox, Director of Reynolds Ministries and Programming have a conversation with Caroline Wood. They share part of their own stories as well as stories of the Foundation, its programs and offerings and how lives are changed through the ministries that build the church for generations to come.
33 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Online Worship is Here to Stay
In this week's episode, Luke Edwards talks with Dan Pezet, Director of Church Development and Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions about designing worship for both in person and online participants. Jason began his ministry in the late 90s at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio and later went on to co-found Midnight Oil Productions, "a leading voice in equipping the church for creative worship, and guest readiness." On Sunday, March 14, 2021, the WNCC Office of Church Development invites you to join Jason Moore for Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences. Learn more about the webinar, including how to register, here. Resources: Learn more about and register for the Both/And webinar here. Learn more about Midnight Oil Productions. For more resources, tips, and ideas for remote worship, visit the WNCC COVID-19 hub. Sign up for WNC email updates here.
34 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Developing a Ministry of Reconciliation in Your Context
Rev. Kim Ingram talks with Deborah Daniels and Cindy Thompson, active lay leaders in Western North Carolina Conference about the ways they have been involved with ministries of reconciliation, specifically related to racial reconciliation. Cindy and Deborah reflect on their experiences and highlight ways leaders and churches can participate in reconciliation in their congregations and communities. Resources: Mt. Tabor UMC Response to Racial Injustice: Racial Injustice | church (mttaborumc.org) Racial Healing Workshop: Racial Healing and the Gospel of Reconciliation: A Workshop on the Ministry of Reconciliation (wnccumc.org) Brene’ Brown podcasts: Podcasts | Brené Brown (brenebrown.com) David Brubaker Pandemic, Racial Reckoning, Political Violence, and Congregations — Congregational Consulting Group Churches in predominantly Black communities can play a key role in vaccinating against COVID-19 | Faith and Leadership
37 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
This week’s episode is about the Missional Collective, which desires to help churches and ministries shift the work of mission from relief to empowerment. Missional Collective participants attend a series of retreats together and remain in connection with one another through the support of each other’s work. Brian Mateer speaks with Missional Collective Coordinator, Erin Burleson, who shares details of the cohort and how you can participate. The deadline to register for the 2021 collective is Sunday, February 14th. Find the link to register in the show notes below. Learn more and register for this year's collective on the 2021 Missional Collective webpage. For more information contact Erin Burleson or Brian Mateer.
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