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The Call: April 15, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. 'What can we do to stop this?' United Methodists in the Knoxville area, where a school shooting happened on Monday, are trying to find ways to help a community that was ...

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The Call: April 9, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Connecting people with vaccines At least six churches in Holston Conference have served, or will serve, as vaccination sites in the effort to protect communities against ...

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'Walk with the Cross' draws record crowd in Kingsport

A record crowd gathered to Walk with the Cross on Good Friday afternoon in Kingsport, Tennessee. Organized by Shades of Grace United Methodist Church, Walk with the Cross is an annual event raises awareness of homelessness and addiction in the city. ...

The Rev. Barbara Doyle answers a question about the
'A Seat at Every Table': 2019 resolution text

From pages 280-281 of the 2019 Holston Conference Journal   Adopted June 10, 2019 BLACK METHODIST CHURCH RENEWAL Whereas we, (the Black Methodist for Church Renewal- BMCR) believe that the Holston Conference would be better severed by the “...

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The Call: March 26, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   A seat at every table A resolution adopted by the Annual Conference in 2019 gives Holston leaders an opportunity to take a step toward dismantling racism by placing more persons of color ...

The Alcoa Conference Center opens to staff members on April 5.
Staff projected to return to Alcoa headquarters April 5

ALCOA, Tenn. -- Holston Conference staff are permitted to return to the Alcoa conference headquarters on April 5, after months of closure to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to a recent announcement. The Rev. Tim Jones, Holston ...

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The Call: March 12, 2021 edition

  Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   One year later On March 12, 2020, Bishop Dindy Taylor joined other United Methodist leaders in suspending in-person gatherings on the property of Holston’s 853 churches. ...

The Rev. Hector Burgos announces the
'The Call' wins awards for writing, food blog

The Call, the news publication of Holston Conference, received two first-place awards for original stories during an online awards show for United Methodist communicators held March 10. In addition, a food and faith spin-off blog, The Call to Cook, ...

A sign on the door at Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church issues a warning on March 3, 2021.
Closed by city, Knoxville church works to reopen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Church and city officials are working together to expedite the reopening of Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church after the building was closed and declared “unfit for human habitation." The East Knoxville church is the site ...

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The Call: March 4, 2021 edition

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. Closed by the city Church and city officials are working together to expedite the reopening of Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church after the building was closed and ...

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The Call: February 25, 2021 edition

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   General Conference postponed, again General Conference organizers announced that the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly -- long postponed by pandemic -- must wait to ...

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The Call: February 19, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Cabinet confessions Every Monday afternoon, Bishop Dindy Taylor and her top leaders meet to work on a sometimes emotional self-examination process they hope will lead to ...

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The Call: February 12, 2021 edition

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Where is God's love? For Brian, God's love is revealed in the joy his dog brings to others. For Grace, it's waking up in the dark and going back to sleep while feeling ...

Jake the dog inspires joy in an Atlanta park.
Quest for answers: Where is God's love?

When a friend suggested I write a story on what God’s love feels like to people, especially during the pandemic and a particularly bleak period for most of us, I wasn’t sure I wanted to. I didn’t think I could capture answers that would make a ...

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The Call: February 5, 2021 edition

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   'These people are valuable' With the heavy load that clergy are carrying during the pandemic, Bobby Stair doesn’t know why more pastors aren't "tapping their church ...

Danielle Meyers is a Certified Lay Minister in the Tennessee Valley District, currently assigned as a lay pastor to Dutch Valley United Methodist Church in Clinton, Tennessee.
Lay servant training equips church folk for church work

With the heavy load that clergy are carrying during the pandemic, Bobby Stair doesn’t know why more pastors aren't "tapping their church members on the shoulder" to sign up for lay servant ministries training.   “These people are valuable,” Stair ...

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The Call: January 29, 2021 issue

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. Channeling the concern When Karen Alley thinks of all the people facing dark days amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she wants to cry. In the last few months, however, Alley and ...

Libby Bowman (left) and Brenda Lindsey, members at Woodlawn United Methodist Chuch, show off care bags prepared for Carroll County school nurses.
Two churches unite to show love to neighbors

HILLSVILLE, Va. – When Karen Alley thinks of all the people facing dark days amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she wants to cry. In the last few months, however, Alley and other church members have found a way to channel their concern into projects that ...

The Alcoa Conference Center has been officially open to the public only six weeks since March 2020.
Alcoa office closure extended to March 21

March 3, 2021 update: The building will remain closed at least until March 21. Bishop Dindy Taylor will discuss reopening with top staff during the week of March 15. ALCOA, Tenn. -- The Alcoa Conference Center will remain closed until at least ...

The famous cross at Lake Junaluska basks in the sunlight after a recent snowfall. (Photo by Lake Junaluska Communications)
Annual Conference 2021 will not meet in Lake Junaluska

ALCOA, Tenn. -- Holston Annual Conference will not meet in person during its regularly scheduled June 2021 time in western North Carolina, according to an email sent today from Holston Conference Connectional Ministries. The traditional gathering of...

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The Call: January 14, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Resurrection recreated! 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 ...

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The Call: January 7, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Let it begin with me   We invited readers to help us write a prayer for our nation. The peace prayer started on Tuesday, the day before protesters breached the Capitol in ...

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Holston prays for peace amid national distress

On January 5, The Call invited church members to join in a prayer for the nation on social media. The call for prayer was made while anticipating division as Congress prepared to attempt certification of votes for U.S. president. We did not know ...

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Alcoa office closure extended to February 1

ALCOA, Tenn. -- The Alcoa Center will remain closed until at least Feb. 1, when Holston Conference leaders will again assess whether it is advisable to resume regular office activities amid surging coronavirus deaths. Staff were informed the Holston...

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Our top 10 stories in 2020

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Bygone days A year ago, we were fretting over the denomination's future. Maybe we still are, but our heads seem to be a lot more crowded these days with crises and concerns, all ...

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The Call: December 18, 2020

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Baby, it's you In the season when we celebrate the infant who came to save our world, we appreciate the small church making a big difference for babies in low-income ...

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The Call: December 11, 2020 edition

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Protection in East Africa Last summer, we saw photos of children in Uganda wearing homemade cardboard masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   With the help of a grant ...

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The Call: December 4, 2020

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Hiwassee property sold Eighteen months after Hiwassee College was closed, the 284-acre property has been sold to Bruderhof, an international Christian communal ...

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Our top 5 headlines in November

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. No-contact November If clicks are votes, the following stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in this past month's weekly editions of The Call.   ...

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Alcoa office closure extended to January 4

ALCOA, Tenn. -- An initial two-week closure of the Alcoa Conference Center has been extended until after the holidays. In a Nov. 30 email to conference staff, the Rev. Tim Jones announced the office building would remain closed until Jan. 4. "After...

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The Call: November 25, 2020

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Best Thanksgiving ever A year ago, a little church in Bishop, Virginia, was in danger of being closed.   Then a story about Alexander Memorial United Methodist's meal ...

Five members of Holston Conference, including three pastors, share what it's like to confront the coronavirus.
5 lessons learned from people who got coronavirus

When the pandemic was first declared in March 2020, maybe you didn’t know anybody with COVID-19. Over the summer, as the virus prowled and claimed more victims, maybe the illness passed over your family and friends. This week, the United States ...

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The Call: November 20, 2020

Sign up for a free weekly email subscription. 5 lessons from survivors As the nation topped 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, we talked to five Holston Conference members who know firsthand what it's like to confront the virus -- ...