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Blog Posts

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Bishop Carder: Hope beyond the election

From Bishop Kenneth Carder, a retired United Methodist bishop and native of Holston Conference: "Anxiety reigns as the election draws near! Both sides of the political divide imagine the results in apocalyptic terms. Indeed, much is at stake."

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An Open Letter from Clergy Services

An Open Letter to the Members of the Annual Conference and the Churches of Holston Annual Conference: Annual Conference Voting—Constituent or Conscience Based By Rev. Terry Goodman, Secretary of the Annual Conference   Grace to you and peace from ...

Rev. Terry D. Goodman

Having pastored local churches for 34 years, in July of 2018, he was appointed to the positions of Secretary of the Annual Conference and Director of Clergy Services. In these roles he has sought to provide resources to the Board of Ordained ...

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From the Heart: A video and statement from Bishop Taylor

A Statement from Bishop Taylor: Churches may begin gathering indoors   Dear Holston Friends,   The COVID-19 Task Force, comprised of medical professionals, laity, and clergy was created to give counsel to the Cabinet and me to navigate our way ...

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Bishop Taylor: Outdoor gathering opportunities

August 10, 2020 Dear Holston Family, In an ever-changing world, the one constant in 2020 is the love of God and the mission of those who follow Jesus. Hebrews 13:8 tells us, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." God is still ...

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SEJ Bishops take stand to dismantle racism

The following announcements come from Bishop Leonard Fairley, President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops and the White Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction.   A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern ...

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Pentecost 2020

As we celebrate the birthday of the church on this Pentecost Sunday 2020, there are many things we wished were different. We wish we could gather for in-person worship with our church community. We wish Covid-19 would go away. And we wish for a world...

Emily Ballard (left) takes a hike with her roommates on a sunny Saturday, May 2.
Blog: What a time to be alive

Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving grateful praise. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the ...

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Tornado in Chattanooga, Cleveland: Three things to do

Late on Easter Sunday, April 12, storms and a tornado caused loss of life and major destruction in Hamilton County and Bradley County, located in the Scenic South and Hiwassee Districts of Holston Conference. Church members throughout Holston ...

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Online Communion

Online Communion Guidelines - Approved by Bishop Taylor and Cabinet on April 2, 2020

Blog: A More Excellent Way

Christians have been in the news a lot lately, from defiant pastors refusing to submit to “safer at home” mandates to prominent Christian businesses like Hobby Lobby insisting on maintaining store hours in defiance of local authorities as the ...

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No Tech--Low Tech

No Technology or Low Technology Ideas to help us stay connected to God, each other, and our neighbors when we have limited or no technology.

Art of Neighboring

A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life? Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your ...

Quilts of Valor

Jefferson City Quilters started several years ago as an outreach to extend First UMC Jefferson City’s military recognition Sunday and show more of God’s love to those who have been touched by war. Recognizing that military service can lead to times ...

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Study on Race

Two years ago, the pastors of the South of the River Mission Network in the Scenic South District chose to do a study together about racism, implicit bias, and racial relations. The focus was on racial relations because at the time, the Mission ...

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Blog: Sweet nativities in Kodak

Icy roads caused school to be closed on December 11, but that didn’t stop Kodak United Methodist Church from going ahead with its monthly community dinner. Pastor Melissa Smith says it was only the second time the congregation hosted “Kodak Church ...

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Blog: On pie and a pathway to healing

Tonight is the first time in a few years that Susan felt like doing a quintessentially autumnal ordinary meal photo, as she likes to say. Sometimes Susan and I think the ordinary things that used to seem fun and heartwarming will never hold any ...

On a hot summer evening, Mike Rice takes leftovers from a meeting at St. Elmo United Methodist Church to people congregating near a homeless shelter.
Blog: Chattanooga street buffet

I’m sitting on the sidelines of a meeting at St. Elmo United Methodist Church, talking to a church member. I should be paying closer attention to the meeting, but this guy is fascinating.   Mike Rice is telling me how he put out this beautiful spread...

Our Holy Land Journey Begins

Traveling August 28 - September 11, 2019, 25 people from Holston Conference will embark on a journey to the Holy Land with Bishop Dindy Taylor.