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News Archive

Leaders of Holston Conference express gratitude to Ed Harmon outside the conference room named for him in the Alcoa Conference Center. From left to right: Rev. Charles Maynard, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, Ed Harmon, Rev. Jason Gattis, Rick Cherry.
Holston college scholarship endowment named for Ed Harmon

Press release ALCOA, Tenn. – For years to come, students at two United Methodist colleges affiliated with the Holston Conference will know the name of William “Ed” Harmon.   An endowment providing scholarships to students at Tennessee Wesleyan ...

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Our top 5 headlines in March

What a difference a month makes At the beginning of March, we were fretting about General Conference, clicking on stories about new denominations. We were mobilizing to help our neighbors in central Tennessee as they assessed the damage from ...

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The Call: March 26 edition

New visions in a changed world   Two weeks after Bishop Dindy Taylor mandated cessation of public worship to the shock of many, church members are not only adapting but rallying to share worship, communion, encouragement, food, face masks, and...

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The Call: March 19 edition

Doing church in the coronavirus age   A week ago, Holstonians were incredulous that worship services in church buildings could be canceled for a two-week period -- because of a virus. Today, they seem to be settling in for a longer period away...

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The Call: March 14 edition

Closed for two weeks   Bishop Dindy Taylor sent two letters to clergy and church leaders this week after health officials called for "social distancing" to slow the spread of coronavirus. Holston Conference churches will cease worship services...

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Coronavirus resources for churches, media

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization identified COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 18, 2020, Bishop Dindy Taylor mandated that all Holston Conference church buildings are closed to the public and large-group meetings, including worship, ...

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Our top 5 headlines in February

If clicks are votes, these stories and reports were the most-read by our subscribers in last month's weekly editions of The Call.   1.  Shell projected for Scenic South    Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the ...

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El Equipo Hispano celebra los nuevos ministerios

In English ALCOA, Tenn. -- El Equipo del Ministerios Hispanos está celebrando el lanzamiento de nuevos servicios de adoración, un nuevo pastor y un nuevo trabajador de alcance comunitario en la Conferencia de Holston, elevando a 13 el número total de...

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Shell projected next Scenic South District superintendent

ALCOA, Tenn. -- Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the projected appointment of the Rev. Reed Shell as Scenic South District superintendent, effective July 1. Shell currently serves as senior pastor at Hixson United Methodist Church in Hixson, ...

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The Call: Feb. 28 edition

Shell projected for Scenic South   Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announces the projected appointment of the Rev. Reed Shell as Scenic South District superintendent, effective July 1. Read the announcement.   ...

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The Call: Feb. 22 edition

Convocation looks beyond the fight   The elephant in the room was the possible upcoming division of the denomination that could change Ministers Convocation this year and most likely by next year.   By the time the annual educational event had...

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The Call: Feb. 14 edition

Call for leadership   It was a snowy Saturday, but that didn’t stop 90 United Methodists from standing up for the Black Church Feb. 8 in Alcoa. “We are not just black in Black History Month but we are black 365 days," said the Rev. Charlotte ...

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The Call: Feb. 5 edition

Changing lives since 1985   For 35 years, youth have departed auditoriums near the Great Smoky Mountains on an annual January weekend, changed by the Gospel music and message that had been carefully selected and delivered for their particular ...

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The Call: Jan. 24 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the January 24, 2020, email edition of The Call: Music educator from Greeneville preserves spirituals Resurrection is this weekend 5 Holston delegates attend Nashville briefing SEJ mulls number of bishops ...

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The Call: Jan. 17 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the January 17, 2020, email edition of The Call: Jerry Russell works harder to build young church leader Hixson fire chaplain offers hope through connection Chattanooga members weigh in on potential split ...

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The Call: Jan. 9 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the January 9, 2020, edition:   Delegation leaders explain separation proposal Resistance to Traditional Plan accelerates Bishop Eutsler, former Holston bishop, dies at 100 Hiwassee trustee seeks return of ...

The Rev. Mary Thompson strolls with her son, Beckett, and her husband, the Rev. Alex Thompson.
Thompson commentary: The gift of clergy kids

By Mary Thompson Many staff parish committees of local churches have sat around a table with their district superintendent and requested the same thing: “We want a young pastor with a family.”  I can remember one young family being appointed to my ...

The current Holston Conference delegation was elected during the June 2019 session of Annual Conference meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C.
Holston delegation responds to proposed separation plan

January 4, 2020 The Holston Conference delegation to General Conference 2020 has issued the following letter in response to the document Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.   Dear Members and Friends of the Holston Conference,   ...

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Holston's top 10 headlines of 2019: The struggle is real

In 2019, we sent out 55 email editions of The Call featuring more than 400 news stories. If readers vote with their clicks, nine of our top 10 stories focused on General Conference and the denominational divide over homosexuality.   It's ...

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The Call: Dec. 31 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the December 31, 2019, email edition of The Call:   Bethlehem peace light arrives in Holston Munsey UMC remembers deadly 1989 fire Shades of Grace hosts Christmas breakfast E&H prof channels ghost of Jacob ...

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The Call: Dec. 19 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the December 19, 2019, email edition of The Call: Dutch Valley decorations connect members with memories Knox pastor grieves loss of son, plans 'Blue Christmas' Young missionary dies of illness in Zimbabwe ...

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14 Holston pastors reveal: "My favorite Christmas gift"

We asked Holston Conference pastors to share their favorite Christmas gifts from congregants over the years. Here's what they said.   “There was a couple in one of my churches that would always be sure to invite me to their house to have Christmas ...

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The Call: Dec. 13 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the December 13, 2019, email edition of The Call: Holston pastors share their fave Christmas gifts Camp in Community tries to recover from theft of supplies Groups show interest in re-opening Hiwassee ...

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The Call: Dec. 6 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the December 6, 2019, email edition of The Call: Last of the funds for Sevier Co. wildfires distributed Scouts build pavilion at First Morristown UMC Marion church to host book giveaway Scripture key to ...

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The Call: Top 5 headlines in November

Careful sharing November’s top story was certainly not good news, but it was good that so many people cared deeply when they learned about the theft of supplies belonging to Camp in the Community.   The story (see #1) was not only widely read and ...