Lifelong Learning Events


November 13 and 145 Talent Academy- ENGAGE 2019: Community TransformationCLICK HERE for information and registration.   Wednesday, Nov 13 will be a Clergy-only event at Woodlake UMC and will feature Bishop Ken Carter, Florida Conference UMC.   Thursday, Nov 14 will be the main event at Woodlake UMC and live-streamed to 11 locations, including Thrasher Memorial UMC in Vinton, on the Roanoke District.  Bishop Carter will be preaching and speakers will be the Rev. Michael Adam Beck,  the Rev. Jaqueline Lewis, the Revs. Andy and Anjie Woodworth.  If you plan to attend in person, every fifth person in a group goes free.  Fees: Nov 14 -$35; Nov 13&14 - $60, or Nov 13 only $50.  Registration costs increase after Sept 30.  Contact MaryKaye Cochran at 

November 21-24: Interfaith Peace Conference Imagine the Way to Peace Through the Arts at Lake Junaluska.  Participates will draw on music, drama, textile art, dance and other art forms that lead people to new ways of imagining peace.  CLICK HERE for more information. 

November 22-23: The 2019 LARCUM (Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Methodist) Conference will be held in Virginia Beach.  Both laity and clergy are invited and encouraged to attend.  Cost for the event is $35 per person (students are free).  This year's Conference is centered around the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25.) It is an excellent opportunity to not only attend, but to attend with Lutheran, Episcopalian and Roman Catholic friends and colleagues in your community. CLICK HERE for more information including a downloadable brochure. 

November 25: Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee Training with Roanoke District Superintendent Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster at 7 pm. Southview UMC.   CLICK HERE for more information including registration. 

December 5: An Advent Day Apart with Roanoke District Clergy for Conversation, Prayer and Worship.  10 am - 2 pm at Cave Spring UMC, Roanoke.   CLICK HERE  for more information.


January 30:  United Methodist Day at General Assembly.  Learn how to affect real change in our state government and more about issues facing our legislature.  Be empowered to serve as missionaries of justice and mercy.  More information available soon.

February 15:  Leading On the Edge:  Racial Reconciliation.   A forum for discussion of racial issues affecting our communities.  To be held at Central UMC, Salem.  More information will be available soon.

February 28-March 1:  District Youth Retreat.   Led by Wesley Students at VA Tech. 

March 15-20:  2020 Virginia Five-Day Spiritual Formation Academy "Songs for the Journey," a time of  Spiritual Refreshment while exploring and experiencing the beauty and spirituality of Psalms and Hymns.  CLICK HERE for more information.

March 31:  Faithful Aging Conference:  Bonsack UMC, Roanoke.  Details available in January 2020.  Contact Martha Stokes at 

July 17-19:  VAUMC Lay Servant Academy at Randolph-Macon College.  More information will be available HERE soon.

July 24-26:  Mission Encounter:  Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center.  More information will be available soon.

Year Long

Bishop's 2019 Bible Study - Since 2017, Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the Virginia Conference to read the Bible in a year -- with a different challenge each year.  For 2019, the Bible Challenge is a blend style of ready -- a mixture of Old and New Testament readings each day. In this new year, challenge yourself to study the Bible and strengthen your faith in the process.  Click HERE for the 2019 Daily Readings.  

VAUMC QUADRENNIAL CLERGY ETHICS TRAINING:  Offered in each district once in the quadrennial.  CLICK HERE for schedule and registration.