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137th Annual Meeting
Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of North Carolina

Traveling the Way of Love:
Responding to Human Needs through Loving Service

Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2019
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Rd., Durham NC 27705

Kendall Vanderslice is a baker and writer on the intersection of food and faith. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (BA Anthropology), Boston University (MLA Gastronomy), and Duke Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies).

What is the Way of Love?

It has been described as a tool for understanding the different parts of Christian life and its simplicity enables one to recognize and take those steps in one’s own life. Traveling the way of love is about practices for a Jesus-Centered Life for understanding and living the different parts of a Christian life.

About the speaker:

Kendall Vanderslice explores the practice of eating together as Christian worship from her book “We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship and the Community of God.”

The gospel story is filled with meals. It opens in a garden and ends in a feast. Records of the early church suggest that believers met for worship primarily through eating meals. Over time, though, churches have lost focus on the centrality of food — and with it a powerful tool for unifying Christ’s diverse body.

But today a new movement is underway, bringing Christians of every denomination, age, race, and sexual orientation together around dinner tables. Men and women nervous about stepping through church doors are finding God in new ways as they eat together. Kendall Vanderslice shares stories of churches worshiping around the table, introducing readers to the rising contemporary dinner-church movement. We Will Feast provides vision and inspiration to readers longing to experience community in a real, physical way.

Pledging To Make It All Possible

The constitution and by-laws of the ECW of North Carolina state, “To have voting privileges (at the Annual Meeting) a Church must have paid a pledge to the Diocesan Church Women’s budget for the current year.” These funds help to carry out the work of women’s ministries throughout the Anglican Communion, our country, our province and our diocese.

While our yearly gathering is open to all, those churches current with their pledge are entitled to send up to five voting delegates to Annual Meeting. Anyone belonging to a church that does not have an ECW and who would like to participate in the Annual Meeting as a voting member can pay $10.00 in the name of their church and be entitled to voting delegate status.

A copy of the 2019 Branch Pledge Form can be downloaded in Word or PDF format.

Communication with churches will be via electronic format. Requests for printed statements and/or documents will be available for $10.00 per year, beginning Thursday January 31, 2019.