The Call: February 12, 2021 edition

The Call: February 12, 2021 edition

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Where is God's love?

For Brian, God's love is revealed in the joy his dog brings to others. For Grace, it's waking up in the dark and going back to sleep while feeling safe.
The Call asked a variety of people, "When or where have you felt God's love?" during these sometimes bleak recent months. This is what they said. Read story.

Educator calls for people to 'climb the hill'

William Fields is an artist, educator and coordinator of a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Smyth County’s Black community. The museum is located in the former Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Marion, Virginia. From SWVa Today. See story.


A virtual General Conference faces hurdles

General Conference organizers have made no final decisions about whether the UMC's top lawmaking assembly can go forward Aug. 29-Sept. 7 in Minneapolis. However, the commission chair recently outlined challenges for the already-delayed international gathering. From UM News. Read story.


General agencies cutting back

Amid the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic and potential split in the UMC in 2021, the 13 general agencies that serve the denomination are cutting budgets, implementing new strategies and pledging to stay true to their missions. From UM News. See story.


No touching! Ash Wednesday during pandemic

An ecumenical group of clergy, theologians, liturgical scholars and public health experts recently released guidelines for safely observing Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on Feb. 17. From Religion News Service. Read story.

Clergy record free music videos for Lent

The Two Korean United Methodist clergy came together to record free hymns and special music for use during the Lenten season and on Easter Sunday. Forty-seven songs are available on Google Drive for any church that needs music to use freely. From UM News. Read story.


Clergy couples make ministry and marriage work

Clergy couples -- spiritual leaders who are married to each other and sometimes work together, too -- face a unique balancing act between marriage and work. From Religion News Service. Read story.

Shrimp creole, then Valentines for life

When this Church Street UMC couple started dating in the 1970s, she decided to make him dinner one night. The meal was so good, it led to marriage and 47 years of Valentine's Day dinners using the same recipe. From The Call to Cook. Read blog.


  Photo of the Week  

The sign at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist signals support for a fellow Knoxville church whose pastor reported racist vandalism on Feb. 2. Police are investigating after someone threw a glass bottle with a racial slur written on it through a window of Logan Temple AME Zion church in East Knoxville. Photo by Loren Demaree.



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Feet First: Facing Our Fears
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Church Reopen Plan
Daily Devotion Series
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