Fundraising walk around Lake Junaluska benefits Twa education in Africa

By Frank Ramirez and Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford “Advertising signs that con you Into thinking you’re the one That can do what’s never been done That can win what’s never been won Meantime life outside goes on All around you” — Bob Dylan, “It’s Alright, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” For the first time during the week at

Today at NOAC – Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019

“But Esau ran to meet him, threw his arms around his neck, kissed him, and they wept” (Genesis 33:4, Common English Bible). Quotes of the day “Any conversation can be a conversation with a messenger of God.” — Ken Medema, Christian musician, singer, and composer, who with actor Ted Swartz presented the morning’s keynote event. “Sometimes

Basilica of St. Lawrence offers a ‘glorious’ afternoon outing during NOAC

By Frank Ramirez I was raised Roman Catholic, and though now I consider myself dutifully Dunker, I have cordial relationship with the church of my childhood. Personally I’d take the Dunker meetinghouse at Antietam anytime, especially when the Word is on display in the form of the Mumma Bible, but I still find it glorious

Today at NOAC – Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

“God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean” (Acts 10:28). Quotes of the day “We as Christians have an opportunity to follow Jesus through our racialized society…the Jesus who identifies with the least, the last, the lost…and see the world around from the vantage point of below…. Follow Jesus and

There is plenty to learn about Carl Sandburg

By Frank Ramirez One of my clearest memories of elementary school was the mandatory assignment to memorize a poem. Most of us chose the shortest poems we could find in our readers, which included “Fog” by Carl Sandburg (1878-1967). Sandburg had watched the fog settle over Chicago harbor, which inspired him to write these words:

Today at NOAC – Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

“I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13). Quotes of the day “That’s our God! Reaching out for us at our very worst times…. Are we reaching out to each other with the same kind of passion and commitment

Today at NOAC – Monday, Sept. 2, 2019

“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7). Welcome to NOAC! The 2019 National Older Adult Conference started off today with a welcome festival, fitting for the theme scripture text featured in the opening worship in the evening, Romans 15:7. At the welcome festival, participants had

A ‘Vigil for Holy Hospitality’ marks NOAC’s first evening

By Frank Ramirez Gather here in the mystery of this hour.Gather here in one strong body.Gather here in the strength and the power.Spirit, draw near. It’s become a social media cliché–after every mass shooting, suicide bombing, or other alarming tragedy, the flags go to half mast and people type, sincerely, with a prayerful hands emoji,

Pre-NOAC event offers ‘Labor Day Sabbath rest’

The Office of Ministry is holding a continuing education event on the opening day of National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) titled “Labor Day Sabbath Rest.” The event on Monday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Atkins House at Lake Junaluska, N.C., is open to ministers and spouses and all laity. The 50-plus age requirement for NOAC does not apply. Ministers may earn 0.6 continuing education credits.

NOAC registration begins May 1

Registration begins May 1 for National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) to be held Sept. 2-6 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in western North Carolina. The theme is “Reaching Across Generations, Beyond Differences, Through Conflict, into Joy.”

NOAC 2019 logo "Reaching into joy"