The Call: May 14, 2021

The Call: May 14, 2021

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Rising above tragedy

"They used to call me meth head Andrea," says Andrea Cooper. She's an active member in a church that currently has about 12 in worship attendance, yet serves hundreds in the community.
“The ministry we do with the homeless and disenfranchised resonates deeply with Andrea because she has been there herself,” says the Rev. Dave Henderson, pastor at Rocky Top United Methodist Church. From The Call. Read story.

Bishops' election plans draw mixed reaction

United Methodist bishops are no longer pushing for a hold on all U.S. episcopal elections, but church voters still have differing views on when those elections should take place. From UM News. Read story.


Georgia laity question bishop in full-page ad

People across Georgia opened the Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 9 to see a full-page advertisement from an anonymous group of North Georgia laity seeking answers from their bishop. From UM News. Read story.

For some pastors, the past year was too much to bear

Already stretched with the day-to-day concerns of running a congregation, clergy increasingly find the divides facing the nation have made their way inside the church. Pastors also feel a sense of isolation related to the pandemic. From Associated Press. Read story.


Hutchins receives honorary doctorate

During last weekend's graduation ceremony, Tusculum University awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters to the Rev. Charles Hutchins for his community service as a leader at Holston Home for Children. From The Greeneville Sun. Read story.


Planning resources for Annual Conference

The "Book of Reports" and an informational video have been posted for Annual Conference members planning to participate in a June virtual meeting and an August in-person meeting. Registration is open now. Visit

Online communion should not be here to stay

 In a commentary for United Methodist News Service, seminary student Chase Crickenberger argues that online communion should not be "normalized" just because it was once necessary during a global pandemic. Crickenberger is projected for appointment at Fountain City United Methodist Church this summer. Read commentary.

  Photo of the Week  

The Rev. Charlie Harrison, senior pastor at Kingston United Methodist Church, shows off a tray he used to serve Holy Communion on May 2. The tray was a gift from Alan and Martha Hulgan when Harrison served Tyner United Methodist Church. Martha's father, the late Rev. Harry Snyder, made the communion tray. "I used it to serve communion because I could space cups out and make it safe to serve," Harrison said. 



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May 30: Peace with Justice Sunday
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