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Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina

Stories in the Diocese

Ascension to Celebrate 150 Years

The Church of the Ascension, Hickory, will cap off a year of celebration with a special event for the anniversary of its first service. Bishop José will preside over the service, and a parish picnic with live music and games will follow. More Info

Diocese staff welcomes Jess Ives

Join us in welcoming Jess Ives to bishop's staff as Executive Assistant to the bishop. Jess will be in the office full time in July.

BRSC Wraps Up Year

Check out the photo gallery from the Blue Ridge Service Corps end-of-year celebration.

History: Episcopal Architect Silas McBee

McBee designed church buildings and interiors across North Carolina in the late 1800s, including work at St. Luke's, Lincolnton.

Leadership Checklist

View the weekly checklist of important upcoming dates and deadlines for clergy, wardens, and staff.

Clergy: If you missed this year's Renewal of Vows service, baptismal and healing oils are available for pickup at the diocesan office.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Events around the Diocese

Wild Church

Sunday, May 14 |

5 p.m. |

Transfiguration Preserve, Bat Cave

More Info

Hoop House Dedication

Tuesday, May 16 |

5 p.m. |

Calvary, Fletcher

More Info

Diocesan Family Night

Saturday, May 20 |

6–10 p.m. |

Tryon Equestrian Center, Mill Springs



Sunday, May 21 |

4–6 p.m. | Zillicoah Beer Company, Woodfin

More Info

ECW 150th Anniversary Lunch

Register by May 23

Saturday, June 3 |

10 a.m. |

Lake Lure Inn


Permission Granted: The Art of Extreme Self Care

Register by June 2

Saturday, June 17 |

9 a.m.–1 p.m. |

St. Philip's, Brevard


Job Openings



Christ Church, Sparta



Church of the Holy Family, Mills River



Church of the Transfiguration, Bat Cave

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Summer Spotlight

 Register for Camp Henry

Spots are still open for Camp Henry, the Outdoor School,

and the new Bilingual Camp!

  • Camp Henry runs from Sunday at 3 p.m. to the following Friday at 6 p.m. 
  • Traditional sessions run according to the campers' school level—Elementary, Middle, and High School sessions are available. 
  • Camp Henry Outdoor School (CHOS) is an option that takes campers backpacking, rafting, and climbing. The regular CHOS sessions for Middle and High School campers are suited for beginners, and CHOS Amplified is for M and HS campers that enjoy even more adventure. 
  • Bilingual Camp is a new offering for campers who speak Spanish, especially those from families where English is not their first language. This session is the first of its kind for all ages, even parents who would prefer to attend with their children. 

Financial Aid is available for all students.

More Info

Around the Episcopal Church

Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course

The Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course (ELMC) is an innovative intensive course Aug. 12–18, designed for diocesan staff, clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians to gain practical knowledge and cultural competency for Latino/Hispanic ministry. All courses are conducted in English.

In the Footsteps of Paul the Mystic

(Register by May 30 for a

$200 discount)

Journey to holy places in Greece and Turkey, Sept. 29–Oct. 10, on a pilgrimage led by Center for Spiritual Wisdom director Rob Field. The pilgrimage will trace the travels of St. Paul (Corinth, Athens, Ephesus, and others) with a rhythm of spiritually informed travel created by scholars, experienced guides, and pastors.

Episcopal Resources

The Episcopal Church

Center for Racial Healing

Episcopal Migration Ministries


Relief and Development

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