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Prayer: The time is now to move mountains

This is the seventh prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice. LORD, we are grieving the racism in ourselves, in our church and in our country. We know our siblings are asking, “How much more must we endure? How much more can we ...

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Prayer: Please Lord, break every chain

Second Sunday of Easter: This is the sixth prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice. DEAR LORD, rescue us from the injustice we suffer and from the injustice we inflict. Clear our minds of all negative thoughts, free from all racial ...

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Prayer: Help us to walk in truth

Good Friday: This is the fifth prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice. GOOD AND GRACIOUS GOD, you invite us to recognize and reverence your divine image and likeness in ourselves and our neighbors. Enable us to see the reality of ...

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Prayer: What's behind racism? Lack of love

Wednesday before Easter: This is the fourth prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice. Señor Jesús, nos postramos ante tu presencia para pedirte, por toda la humanidad. Y porque haya igualdad en cada ser humano. Tú nos formaste ...

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Prayer: Give us the willingness to listen

Tuesday before Easter: This is the third prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice. DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, We thank you for this day and for all the grace and mercy you have shown your people. We know there is nothing new under the ...

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Prayer: Help us admit that racism is real

Monday before Easter: This is the second prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice. OUR GRACIOUS AND LOVING GOD, we come to you, in all humility, recognizing that racism in all its forms continues to exist in our world, our nation, ...

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Palm Sunday Prayer: Help us fight the good fight

Palm Sunday 2021: This is the first prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice. LORD, in our attempts to dismantle racism, give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do this difficult task. Help us to fight the good fight, stay on...

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Help us, O God: Prayers for racial justice

Holston Conference joins in the work of The United Methodist Church to dismantle racism by lifting up prayers for justice from brothers and sisters throughout our communities in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. The series ...

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Epiphany message for all the starfish throwers

Story and Verse: This is the seventh and final poem in our Thanksgiving-to-Epiphany series. This poem started years ago when I was in my training to be a missionary. Over the years I have added verses to the poem because of life experiences ...

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New Year's question: Are you poor in spirit?

Story and Verse: This is the sixth in a Thanksgiving-to-Epiphany series. The days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve have been busy for the Rev. Harry Howe. In addition to building a handicap ramp for a needy neighbor, the physician’s assistant ...

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Christ is among us in in the presence of the least

Story and Verse: This is the fifth in a Thanksgiving-to-Epiphany series. Matthew 24: 31-40   THIS IS THE STORY of a woman who gave life to this scripture, and how I found Jesus in her at a critical time in my life, as well as reaffirmation of my ...

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Through our fear, we wait for Jesus to come

Story and Verse: This is the third in a Thanksgiving-to-Epiphany series. MRS. CRAWFORD WILL FOREVER be remembered for her story of praying, waiting, and trusting in the Lord.   “Her roof leaked all over except in the living room,” says the Rev. ...

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Story and Verse: A Thanksgiving-to-Epiphany series

The Rev. Harry Howe is not only a preacher, missionary, and health-care provider. He's also a poet. Throughout this holiday season, The Call shares a few of hundreds of stories and poems from his 40 years of mission and ministry in Marion, Virginia....

Amber Harrison and Celeste Vanhoose (back to camera) de-label and crush plastic bottles for shredding. Photo: Mollie Erickson
Project seeks new life using discarded plastics in Birmingham

By Christie R. House Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church February 2020 | ATLANTA The Rev. Adam Burns, an ordained deacon in full connection with the North Alabama Conference, encounters many challenges as pastor of the Church of the ...

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Traditional Plan goes into effect Jan. 1

The Traditional Plan was adopted by the special General Conference by a vote of 438 to 384 in February 2019. The legislation maintains the church stance, which dates to 1972, that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian ...

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A.T. chaplain nears end of ‘2,200 miles of ministry’

Story by Joey "Hills" Butler, photos by Mike "Grateful" DuBose Nov. 1, 2017 | PEARISBURG, Va. (UMNS)   For most United Methodist itinerant pastors, changing churches can be a period of anxiety. But once the Rev. Matt Hall finishes his appointment ...