Charlottesville District Apartment Project. The Charlottesville District United Methodist Churches are  raising $400,000 to build or renovate a housing apartment complex. Join the Charlottesville District Mission Team  as we  move forward with providing housing for men and women with developmental disabilities. Want to get involved? Call the Charlottesville United Methodist District Office at (434) 977-4254! Make a donation!!!


Michael Twitty visits UVA!

The Wesley Foundation at UVa is thrilled to announce culinary anthropologist Michael Twitty as our 2018 McDonald Lecture guest on March 23-24!  Author of “The Cooking Gene,” a book equal parts thoughtful memoir and thorough history, Michael Twitty explores the South’s troubled relationship with race through the lens of Southern cuisine and foodways.  Twitty was recently named one of the 50 people changing the South by “Southern Living” and was named a 2016 Ted Fellow.

Make plans now to join us for one or more events during his visit, which is offered in partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book and MANY other ministries and UVA groups, departments, and organizations (check out the list on the flyer!):

Friday March 23rd at 2pm at the UVA Bookstore

  • “Southern Food and Race: A Conversation”  UVA professors Gertrude Fraser and Lisa Shutt join Michael Twitty in a discussion of race, power, cultural appropriation, and cultural diffusion in the world of Southern food writing and culinary politics.  This event is part of the Festival of the Book and will include book sales and a signing after the talk.

Friday March 23rd at 6pm at the UVA Ruth Caplin Theater

  • “The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South” Michael Twitty wanted to know more about his roots and heritage so he went on a multi state, international journey to discover his place in Southern food history and his place in the American story. Searching for his food roots and his family routes across the South he discovered a way to bring all Southerners to the table in a spirit of culinary celebration and spiritual and racial reconciliation. This event is part of the Festival of the Book and will include book sales and a signing after the talk. *Tickets are required but FREE at VABOOK.ORG*

Saturday March 24th 11am-2pm [location TBA]

  • Outdoor “Old South” period cooking demonstration and interpretation.  Originally developed as part of his “Southern Discomfort Tour,” in which he visited historic homes and plantations to re-interpret cooking methods and cuisine of enslaved people, Michael Twitty will offer a taste of how cooking and historical interpretation enlighten understanding.  This is a drop-in event and participants will be able to ask questions and taste the dishes Twitty prepares.

(Here’s where you can find these events on Facebook.)

Michael Twitty’s visit could not have come at a better time for UVA and Charlottesville. Make this visit one of the ways you choose to respond with #LoveOverFear and to #LoveYourNeighbor.


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Equipping Vital Congregations

All Things New Equipping Vital Congregations Logo“All Things New – Equipping Vital Congregations” is a Virginia Conference initiative designed to implement the denomination’s “Vital Congregations” measurement system in a way that promotes collaboration, support and continued improvement among all conference churches. Aug. 1, 2013 – Hands-on training will be offered, beginning next week, for use of the new Equipping Vital Congregations data input and information system slated to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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Wesley Foundation UVA

wesley-vision-imageHigher Education and Campus Ministry Highlights: Rev. Deborah Lewis has brought forth incredible leadership and vision to the Campus Ministry setting of UVA where she resides as the Director. Reverend Lewis began to vision where she wanted the ministry at UVA to be five to ten years from now. It is in this time of prayer and waiting on God that has led her to move towards a Capital Campaign where she and her board have raised over $600,000 to transform the space into a more modern, energy efficient, and welcoming space for the students of the Wesley Foundation of the UVA. Many of us will be seeing more news of this soon in various mailings and announcements. Also, Bishop Cho will be joining them on Saturday, April 11, 2015, for their 50-year celebration and the end of their Capital Campaign. (Their public announcement goes out next week but check out their amazing video now.

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Emanuel Youth Mission

Emanuel Youth MissionEmanuel Youth Mission began in July, 2005 when John Clarkson traveled to rural El Salvador with Marvin Benavides. John saw poverty like none he had ever seen before, with absolutely no resources to change that perpetual cycle. People lived in make shift one room homes with dirt floors, no electricity, no furniture, outdoor kitchens, very little food, perhaps an outhouse or some families used holes for bathrooms, living, working and farming like they had for centuries with no hope of anything different for their children. They could not afford to send their children to school. That November, John and Jonna Clarkson were moved by the Holy Spirit during outdoor Sunday school when those children kneeled in the dirt and prayed to Jesus, their Savior, El Salvador! Their faces lit up with the pure love and joy of knowing Jesus! How long would it be before that JOY turned into discouragement when they learned their lives held no future? The Clarksons were moved to connect the need in El Salvador with resources in Virginia. Marvin wanted to make a difference for his people. The vision for Emanuel Youth Mission began.

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