From Rev. Lee

Dear Piedmont Congregations, Hello.  My name is Leland Bond-Upson, but please call me Lee, or Rev. Lee if that feels better.  My wife Deborah Bond and I hyphenated our name the day before our first child was born in 1979.  Her name is Gwendolyn and she is a wonderful person, as are my other three, […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational Care

Dear Folks: Welcome to January, Beloveds.  This month we welcome a new year, a new minister, and a host of opportunities for growth as we seek to live into who we are—a community that nurtures the spirit, cherishes diversity, and cultivates justice. Appropriately, our theme for the month of January is “change.”  What an interesting […]

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Spiritually Speaking: The Art of Waiting

When I announced that I would be leaving after the service on Christmas Day of this year, it seemed a long way off as I made the announcement in May.  I shared that the general advice for leaving was that one should not announce their departure more than three months in advance.  I joked that […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational

Dear Folks (and Dear Rev. Robin), Greetings from your minister of Congregational Care.  Fall has arrived, bringing with it cooler weather, “shorter” days and reminders of the seasons and transitions of life. This fall also ushers in a new season for our Beloved Community as we approach Rev. Robin’s departure date in December.  As we […]

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Jolena James-Szanton- Keeper of the Flame

This is the second article in a series where I, Lee Elliott Carnes President-Elect of the Board of Trustees, ask questions to the Leaders of our gatherings. This month, Jolena James-Szanton, Director of Religious Education will share her experience and wisdom. Jolena has many responsibilities including: designing the annual curriculum for our gatherings; leading the […]

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A Message from the Healthy Congregation Team

Team Members: Beth Foreman, Alice Carnes, Merna Hesse, Hugh Hammond, and Rev. Robin Tanner. The Healthy Congregation Team (HCT) continues its mission to promote the emotional health of our beloved community.  You might be wondering; how does the HCT do this?  In the past year, the HCT has promoted two exciting learning opportunities at Piedmont […]

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Lake Norman Update

Dear Lake Norman Gathering and Piedmont Friends, As our congregation continues to deepen our relationship with the Piedmont congregation, I would like to announce the members of the Lake Norman steering team.  This group will plan and facilitate the ongoing programs for our gathering.  They are: Team Facilitator: Nicole Gantz Membership: Marjorie Flowers Fellowship: Grace […]

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Keepers of the Flame

This is the first article in a series where the President-Elect of the Board of Trustees, ask questions to the Lay Leaders of our gatherings. Each month, our leaders will answer a few questions about their: committee/teams, experiences, and aspirations. In the next year, we will learn more about the Committees/Teams of: ADORE, Buildings & […]

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Spiritually Speaking: The Prayer Dilemma

It was always a looming fear for the liberal chaplain; you begin a prayer and get prayer-jacked by a visiting family member or friend in the hospital.  Sure, it begins innocently enough.  A good engagement with a patient.  They share that they are of a particular faith tradition.  They would appreciate a prayer.  You have […]

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From Your Minister of Congregational Care

Dear Folks, Welcome to November!  Thank you to the Care Team Co-Chairs, Cathy Tata and Michelle Murphy and to all the Pastoral Associates for offering me such a spirit of welcome these last few months at Piedmont.  This is an amazing beloved community—filled with kind people who truly do care about one another.  Thank you, […]

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