The Call newsletter: June 11, 2022

The Call newsletter: June 11, 2022

Annual Conference wrap-up: Holston prays, stays together 
Some may have come to Holston Annual Conference June 5-8 expecting to see the division plaguing the larger United Methodist Church played out in Lake Junaluska. For many, the gathering will be remembered for powerful worship, getting to know a new bishop, and the year people were thrilled to be back together after a three-year absence. From The Call.  Read story.

Fundraising bike ride ends at Lake Junaluska
Steve Wheeler and John Redmond, staff at Munsey Memorial UMC, spent last weekend biking from Johnson City to Lake Junaluska in hopes of raising $5,000 to help war victims and refugees in Ukraine. They finished on Sunday before Annual Conference. By Wednesday, they had raised $6,100. From Smoky Mountain News. Read story. | Donate.

Protocol's day has passed, some negotiators say 
More than a quarter of the leaders who negotiated the proposed Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation say they “can no longer, in good faith, support” the proposal. The negotiators said they reached this conclusion after discussions with General Conference delegates and members of their constituencies. From UM News. Read story.
Africa University graduates share their gifts
 On the eve of Africa University's 2022 graduation ceremonies, the Rev. Joao Sambo highlights how graduates of the United Methodist university are using their education to enrich churches and communities in Africa. From UM NewsRead story.

Pitkin preaches peace while working with iron, fire
 In this Rethink Church sermon series, the Rev. Caleb Pitkin re-fashions a spearhead into a pruning hook while talking about the “tools” of conflict we employ in our lives and how to re-purpose them for peace. Pitkin is a blacksmith and pastor at Signal Mountain UMC in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. From UM Communications. See sermon videos.
The List: Newly ordained as elders
Congratulations to clergy who were ordained as elders on June 5 at Annual Conference. Photo by Millie Meese. 
Front row: Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, William Ryan Ford, Alexander Phillip Thompson, Andrew Curtis Lay, Bradley Steven Brown, Mickey Rainwater (chair, Board of Ordained Ministry). Back row: Timothy Duane Hale, Stephen Harris Hopkins, David William Payne.

  Photo of the Week   

The winners of the 5K race on June 7 at Annual Conference were the Rev. Wil Cantrell and Rebekah Berg. Cantrell, pastor at Concord UMC in Knoxville, Tenn., finished with a top time of 18:23.93. Berg was the top female finisher with 25:04.51.
Rebekah is the daughter of the Rev. Brandon Berg at First UMC in Bristol, Tenn. On Sunday, she served as acolyte at Annual Conference's opening worship. On Friday, June 10, she celebrated her 12th birthday. Photo by Melissa Malcolm 



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June 12: Peace With Justice Sunday. Get resources.
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July 22-23: Mission u in Knoxville. More info.
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