The Call: Top 5 headlines in February 2020

The Call: Top 5 headlines in February 2020

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 projected appointment of the Rev. Reed Shell as Scenic South District superintendent, effective July 1. (Feb. 28 ) Read the announcement.
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2. Local church options under separation plan 
 
All the talk before the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis May 5-15 is about dividing up the church. What does it mean for local churches if the denomination separates? From UM News. (Feb. 28) Read the story.
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3. Convocation equips clergy for future

The elephant in the room was the possible upcoming division of the denomination. Yet one of the few times division was mentioned at Ministers Convocation was during an invitation for clergy to pray for each other. (Feb. 22) Read the story.
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4. Members plan for 'more inclusive' future
 
In the first large meeting organized by the unofficial group, UMCNext Holston, 103 United Methodists gathered in a downtown Knoxville church Feb. 15 to discuss and begin planning for a “more inclusive” future for the denomination. (Feb. 22) Read the story.
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5. Black churches 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 Williams, a member of Holston's Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century team. (Feb. 14) Read the story.
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Photo at top of page: Participants at Ministers Convocation (see #3) pray for each other Feb. 18 at Music Road Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
 
 
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