What is "A Gathering of the Laity"?
"A Gathering of the Laity" is an annual spiritual retreat and renewal conference, sponsored by the Board of Laity of the Western NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. The weekend includes a variety of outstanding speakers and music through worship services and plenary sessions designed to re-energize your spirit and encourage you in your faith journey.
In addition, this conference provides an opportunity for us to recognize and honor the outstanding work of the laity in the local United Methodist Churches throughout the Western North Carolina Conference.
Must I attend a United Methodist Church to attend "A Gathering of the Laity"?
"The Gathering" is open to everyone! We invite you to join us regardless of your faith affiliation, and trust that you will find the the weekend uplifting and encouraging.
Are there other activities in the area that I may enjoy?
Yes! In addition to the wonderful amenities offered by Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, you are sure to enjoy exploring all that this beautiful areas has to offer. Lake Junaluska is nestled in the Smokey Mountains, in the heart of beautiful Haywood County. There is great shopping and dining; all types of outdoor sports, including golf, white water rafting, and hiking; arts and crafts; and breathtaking scenery along the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Lake Junaluska is approximately 20 miles west of Asheville, NC, which offers attractions and events that fit every taste and budget. For more information, check out Explore Asheville.