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Unity in Community

by Wayner Dickert

It may be a biased opinion, but I think that Bryson City is one of the most special places on the planet. In addition to the natural God-given beauty of the mountains and rivers that surround us, the people make this place uniquely special. Though we may approach our faith walks differently, we are bound […]

Meet Taylor Smith – our 2014 Duke Divinity Ministry Intern

by Wayner Dickert

We are excited to be welcoming another ministry intern from Duke Divinity School. Taylor Smith will be joining us from Abilene, TX and staying with Arthur and Lori Tribble during his 8-week stay this summer. Taylor shared some of his faith journey with us: I was raised in the United Methodist Church where I witnessed God’s love […]


by Wayner Dickert

At the beginning of July each year we celebrate Independence Day and are reminded of the freedoms each of us enjoys in this country. Since the beginning of our scrappy country, our forefathers recognized the need to celebrate the sacrifices of the men and women that have made these freedoms. In an intimate letter to his […]

2013 Annual Conference In Review

by Wayner Dickert

Greetings from Lake Junaluska and the 2013 Annual Conference of the Western North Carolina Conference. This is the time of year when delegates, including both clergy and laity, representing every church in our Western North Carolina Conference gather for worship, fellowship, Bible study, reporting, encouragement and required administrative needs. The theme of this year’s Annual Conference […]

Lifting Up Our Eyes

by Wayner Dickert

Lifting Up Our Eyes! In this month’s Memos from the Midbar article, we continue to look at the need for sacred space. The sermon on Memorial Weekend Sunday was from Genesis 1:1-2 which begins to tell the creation story:    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. As part of the message […]