Now that the annual youth ministry event has adapted to pandemic times, a new app and other ideas could help expand Resurrection into the future. A virtual Resurrection launches Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. From The Call. Read story.
Cabinet responds to Capitol attacks
Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor and the Extended Cabinet released a letter tonight condemning the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol "and the unraveling of the very fiber of our democracy." From Holston Communications. Read letter.
Former megachurch pastor gets 6 years in prison
Former United Methodist megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell of Houston has been sentenced to 6 years in federal prison and another year on supervised release for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. From UM News. Read story.
Grappling with postponed General Conference
Organizers have yet to determine whether the pandemic-postponed General Conference can go forward as planned Aug. 29-Sept. 7 in Minneapolis. In the meantime, the Commission has decided not to reopen the usual process for accepting petitions. From UM News. Read story.
Car concerts offer safe option for choirs
For members of Luminous Voices, rehearsing and performing safely during the pandemic has meant getting into their cars, driving to an empty parking lot and singing with each other's voices broadcast through their car radios. From NPR. Read story.
Maryville man arrives home after presidential pardon
At Dustin Heard's family church, Fairview United Methodist, the pastor teared up when he thought of the former security contractor's children reunited with their father for Christmas. From WBIR. See story.
Ways to celebrate King day under COVID
Martin Luther King Day is on Monday, Jan. 18. Even as churches meet virtually or practice social distancing, there are still plenty of ways they can honor the legacy of Dr. King. From UM Communications. Find out more.
Photo of the Week
Camp in the Community is celebrating a new-to-them van, donated by Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church to transport children, staff and supplies (hopefully) this summer. Here, the Rev. Gregg Bostick hands over the keys to Director Whitney Winston.