The Call: May 22, 2020 edition

The Call: May 22, 2020 edition

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May 22, 2020

Prague interrupted

Two months ago, the Rev. Mark Hicks was immersed in his ministry as pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church in Prague. By May 4, he was on his way to the United States, with only two suitcases to his name.
 
Back in East Tennessee, Hicks is now grieving the abrupt interruption of his plans. Read the story.
 
 
 
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DeFur leads church through pandemic
 
The senior pastor of one of the denomination's largest churches, Cokesbury UMC in Knoxville, shares his story and how his team is managing during the pandemic. By John Shearer for The Chattanoogan. Read the story.
 
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Tenn. Wesleyan works on reopen plans  
 
Tennessee Wesleyan University is developing a fall reopening process that includes classroom social distancing, dining-area spacing and face masks. From Daily Post-Athenian. Read the story.
 
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Foster parents needed more than ever
 
As May marks National Foster Care Month, the demand for foster families is on the rise. In Tennessee and Virginia, children who are not safe in their homes are entering the foster system every day at a high rate. From WJHL. See the story.
 
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Reclaiming more food to fill pandemic gaps
 
Society of St. Andrew is leading an effort to reclaim some of the 40%-50% of U.S. produce that went to waste because of a flawed food system even before coronavirus. “What the pandemic has done has exposed those cracks in the system." From UM News. Read the story.
 
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UMCOR provides virus response grants 
 
Fifteen grants have been awarded from the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund: $163,440 total to partners addressing issues intensified by the coronavirus, including food and economic insecurity, water, sanitation and hygiene, and health. From United Methodist Committee on Relief. See the report.
 
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Webinars: COVID-19 reveals societal injustices 
 
The United Methodist Board of Church & Society offers a new webinar series, “COVID-19: Pre-existing Disparities Exposed," with experts sharing how to take action for long-lasting changes. Read the introduction.
 
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Share audio to preserve UMC history
 
United Methodist organizations are invited to choose five of their most important original, undigitized historical tapes and send them to UM Archives & History for digitization and preservation. From UM News. Read the article.
 
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Chocolate gravy: Memories are made of this
 
Camp may be canceled this summer, but you can still enjoy Lookout's chocolate gravy at home! On May 21, "The Call to Cook" won 2nd place in the blog category in a competition hosted by the United Methodist Association of Communicators. Read the blog.
 
MORE INFORMATION
 
CALENDAR
UM Religion & Race
May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
 
UM Archives & History
Heritage Sunday: May 24
 
United Methodist Church
Peace With Justice Sunday: June 8
 
Holston Conference
Viritual Annual Conference: June 27
 
 
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The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 864 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at thecall@holston.org.