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Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina

Stories in the Diocese

Trail of Tears Site to be Marked Near St. John's, Cartoogechaye

St. John's worked alongside the North Carolina Trail of Tears Association to honor the story of the Cherokee people at Sand Town, a post-removal town in Franklin. A special dedication event for signage will be held Saturday, June 3 at the church. This site is the first to be recognized by the state.


Bishop José Prepares for Sabbatical

Bishop José will be on sabbatical May 25–Sept. 12. While away, he will travel to London to work alongside the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, complete his private pilot's license, attend to coursework in conflict mediation, and travel with his family.

Read the bishop's letter

Photo by Jim Dohms

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.

Events around the Diocese

A Message for the ECW's Celebration Luncheon

As the Episcopal Church Women of WNC prepare to celebrate 150 years of service, Bishop José shares a special word with the group. The ECW welcomes all to RSVP for the sesquicentennial lunch program 10 a.m.–1 p.m. June 3 at Lake Lure Inn & Spa. Text Link


The Bazaar

Proceeds benefit

local charities

Saturday, May 20 |

8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. |

St. John in the Wilderness, Flat Rock

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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

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Celtic Eucharist with Chancel Choir

Sunday, June 21 |

5:30 p.m. |

Trinity, Asheville

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Red Door Jazz

Featuring the

Asheville Art Trio

Friday, June 2 |

7 p.m. | St. John's, Marion

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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


Notice: The David Weigel concert scheduled for May 21 at St. John in the Wilderness has been postponed until further notice.

Job Openings



Christ Church, Sparta



Trinity, Asheville



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.

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Around the Episcopal Church

Committee Calls for Presiding Bishop Nominations

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop issued a call for nominations on May 15. The committee recently released a profile for qualified presiding bishop candidates based on information gathered from thousands of responses to a churchwide survey and interviews with church leaders.

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.

Episcopal Resources

The Episcopal Church

Center for Racial Healing

Episcopal Migration Ministries


Relief and Development

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