The Call: April 15, 2021

The Call: April 15, 2021

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'What can we do to stop this?'

United Methodists in the Knoxville area, where a school shooting happened on Monday, are trying to find ways to help a community that was already reeling from shooting deaths of four other students since January. From The Call. Read story.
A prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in the parking lot of Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church. The service will also be live streamed at

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Fugitive hides inside Oak Ridge church

An Ohio fugitive fled into First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge last Sunday morning, prompting cancellation of two worship services. The Rev. Mark Flynn told the Oak Ridger that no one was injured. Read story.


Shooting near Kingsport church investigated

A shooting near Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday night was being investigated, WJHL reports. Police were called to the scene when a car was parked in the church parking lot and two shots were fired. See story.


African bishops not united on church future

While many in the U.S. consider Africa a solid political bloc within The United Methodist Church, African bishops currently are not of one mind about the denomination’s future or their place in it. From UM News. Read story.


Beth leader has business mind, ministry heart

Josh R. Singh, age 33, has degrees in physics, psychology and divinity, which he uses to serve Bethlehem Center as director of strategic operations. "The Beth" is a resource for an urban, underserved community. From Chattanooga Times Free Press. (Requires free registration.) Read story.


Emerald provides safe space for Knox teens

A program with United Methodist roots, Emerald Youth Foundation, has been making a difference in East Knoxville and other parts of the city amid challenges and tragedies. "Even with COVID, we never closed our doors." From WVLT. See story.


Commentary: Difficult year leads to insight

"2020 was a year of such stress," says Laura Derr. In addition to experiencing her husband's difficult surgery with him, the member at First Farragut UMC was stunned and changed by a Sunday school encounter. From The Call. Read commentary.


  Photo of the Week  

The Rev. Nathan Malone receives a COVID-19 vaccination last week at Christ United Methodist Church in Chattanooga.



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