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The Call: June 12, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call. Fixing to begin a new year Traditionally, Holston Conference clergy appointments are official when the bishop bangs the gavel at the conclusion of a four-day Annual Conference in Lake ...

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Bishop Taylor retirement statement: 'My cup has overflowed'

My dear Holston friends,                                                                 I write to say thank you for welcoming this stranger from North Georgia. You have loved, embraced, and nurtured me as I came among you at the age of 23. You ...

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The Call: June 3, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Big gift for small church  Last month, the leaders of Tates Chapel United Methodist learned that a woman bequeathed $700,000 to their church in Chilhowie, Virginia. On some ...

Directors of Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries celebrate the near completion of a giving campaign during a May 25 live presentation.
Holston camps celebrate $874,000 in giving with live video

Holston Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries has raised $874,000 in a victorious campaign that will prepare five camps for the future, according to a live video presentation on May 25. The Rev. Mary Thompson, executive director, announced the news...

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SEJ bishops call for July 21 special session

The purpose is to vote on a resolution from the Tennessee and Memphis conferences to unite to form the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. The agenda also includes a report on pandemic response and anti-racism work.

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The Call: May 21, 2021 edition

 Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Taking a stand   During a proclamation presentation last week, Blount County's mayor stood on the courthouse steps to recognize the efforts for racial equality by United ...

Mobile units become doctors' offices, transforming the Jubilee Project campus on May 6.
Jubilee Project hosts free health-care services

SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. -- Heidi Taylor remembers the woman who cried last spring when the free dental care clinic had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “She was really upset,” said Taylor, office manager at Jubilee Project. “She had a tooth ...

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The Call: May 14, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   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 ...

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The Call: May 6, 2021

  Academic journey turns spiritual   KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Telling the stories of Jewish musicians who tried to bring hope to Nazi Germany concentration camps and ghettos has led musician Kellie D. Brown in a new direction: She's ...

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The Call: April 30, 2021 edition

 Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Restrictions lifted May 1 As governors alter their state mask mandates and vaccinated Americans feel safer to return to public places, Holston Conference is also responding ...

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Holston COVID-19 Task Force lifts protocol

Holston COVID-19 Task Force FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2021   Dear Holston Friends,   About a year ago, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor established a Holston Conference COVID-19 Task Force to lead the Conference’s response and give direction to our...

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The Call: April 23, 2021

Sign up for a free weekly subscription to The Call.   Tech help for small churches After a tough year with COVID-19 and the reality that online worship should remain an option even after the pandemic wanes, Holston ...

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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 ...