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The Rev. Mary Thompson strolls with her son, Beckett, and her husband, the Rev. Alex Thompson.
Mary 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

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,   By now, many of ...

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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 ...

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The Call: Nov. 27 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the November 27, 2019, email edition of The Call: New church coming to Knoxville in 2020 St. Elmo takes Thanksgiving to Chattanooga streets Smyth Chapel invites all to Christmas open house Anna Lee: Speak ...

United Methodists and other Christians pray at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville during a 2014 rally to ask leaders to reconsider a new law allowing the state to execute death row inmates using the electric chair. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Anna Lee: Speak out against death penalty in Tennessee

Commentary On a humid summer night in August 2007, I sat in one of my first seminary classes. After a brief welcome, our professor invited us to introduce ourselves to the nearest classmate. I went first.   “I’m Anna, from East Tennessee, first year ...

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The Call: Nov. 21 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the November 21, 2019, email edition of The Call: Paul Bowman leads South Sudan fundraiser United Methodist Student Day: Meet Sally Chikomb Camp Lookout celebrates 60 years Emory & Henry receives $5 million ...

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The Call: Nov. 13 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the November 13, 2019, email edition of The Call:   Groups with opposing designs for UMC future Delegation: No bishop nominees for 2020 Bishop T: 'Let not your heart be troubled' Bristol church opens as ...

The current Holston Conference delegation was elected in June 2019.
Delegation: No bishop nominees to be endorsed for 2020

The Holston Conference delegation met Nov. 9 to continue its work of preparing for General Conference in May 2020 and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July 2020. The primary work of delegates to Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference is the...

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The Call: Nov. 7 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the November 7, 2019, email edition of The Call: Theft devastates Camp in the Community Holston invests in new website to meet conference needs Pastor leads planning for residential drug treatment in SW ...

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Resurrection youth event changes lives in Costa Rica

En español The first Resurrection spiritual weekend in Costa Rica was in its final hour when the people who worked hard to make it happen could no longer hold back their emotions. They cried and embraced as they watched hundreds of young people go ...

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The Call: Oct. 27 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the October 27, 2019, email edition of The Call: Resurrection changes lives in Costa Rica 15 more things to know about Resurrection in CR $31,450 in Change for Children grants awarded Top court to look at ...

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Open enrollment for health insurance continues through Nov. 15

From Julie Graham, Holston Conference benefits administrator   Open Enrollment for Holston Conference health insurance plans will run from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, 2019..   The information, enrollment, and change forms are available at http://holston...

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The Call: Oct. 3 edition

Here are some of the links and stories for the October 3, 2019, email edition of The Call: Youth member sells cheesecakes for Costa Rica mission Concord UMC has dementia ministry Chaplain 'Chappy Jack' completes Appalachian Trail Breaking up ...

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The Call's top headlines for September 2019

Follow that lead Some stories require a lot of planning. Other stories are spontaneous -- no matter what you're working on, you know you've got to drop everything and follow that lead.   Our top two most-clicked headlines in September are examples of...

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11 groups receive total $31,450 in Change for Children grants

By Susan Groseclose Thank you Holston Conference for your generous donations to the yearly Change for Children offering at annual conference – your gifts make a difference in the lives of children and families across the conference and around the ...

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The Call: Sept. 27 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the Sept. 27 email edition of The Call: Opposing Holston groups meet to plan UMC future Process begins for next bishop election Camp staff celebrates successful story Kingsport debates homeless problem 9 New...

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Report: Holston camps celebrate high summer attendance

By Mary Thompson Although it’s fall, those of us in Holston Camp and Retreat Ministries are still rejoicing in God’s work this summer. We would like to celebrate this year’s summer camp season with you all and share some of the many ways God worked ...

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The Call: Sept. 12 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the September 12, 2019, email edition of The Call: Bishop Taylor invited to visit Korean school built by Holston Holston UMW president: You can stay with us Burns brings social justice discussion to Emory & ...

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Holston team ministers with 1,800 children in Zimbabwe

"Hands-on" kits sent by churches distributed to most needy   It’s the hundreds of little faces and their expressions that inspire Amy Carmon to return to Zimbabwe each August. “It’s a blessing to see these kids’ faces ... You see those expressions ...

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The Call: Sept. 12 edition

Here are some of the links and stories in the September 12, 2019, email edition of The Call: > Hands-on kits arrive in Zimbabwe > Church Street keeps Harry Potter on shelves > Cantler preaches on Day1 broadcast > African bishops oppose separation ...

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Holston prepares to help Hurricane Dorian survivors

ALCOA, Tenn. (Sept. 5, 2019) -- Holston Conference is joining with UMCOR to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and Carolinas. Yesterday, the Rev. Mike Sluder asked district offices to begin collecting “cleaning kits” and “hygiene kits”...