Our top 5 headlines in May 2020

Our top 5 headlines in May 2020

Facing the day

If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this month's weekly editions of The Call.

 
1.  Explaining a virtual Annual Conference 
 A letter from Bishop Dindy Taylor explains that churches will remain closed, a reopening task force will be created, and a virtual annual conference is taking shape. (May 14) Read letter.
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2. Missionaries depart Prague church 
The Rev. Mark Hicks and his wife, Heather, are reeling from an abrupt departure from the Czech Republic, where they were serving as leaders of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Prague. (May 22) Read story.
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3. Much to consider before reopening
Reopening a church is not as simple as just staying six feet away. Corporate worship contains physical contact. Finding alternatives to certain acts and adhering to thorough cleaning will be a challenge. From UM News. (May 14) Read story.
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4. Bishop Taylor postpones retirement
Five bishops in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, including Bishop Dindy Taylor of Holston, will postpone retirement as the denomination waits for rescheduled jurisdictional conferences in November 2021. (May 28) Read email announcement.
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5. Six ways to prepare for post-covid church
Holston members join in a "What's next?" webinar to discuss present and future realities for their churches in the age of COVID-19. Attendance was 135. (May 8) Read story.
 
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The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 864 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at thecall@holston.org.