Let there be peace
On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, Bishop Dindy Taylor joined other United Methodist leaders in speaking out for justice and peace. Responding to the "state of crisis" in many U.S. cities after the "senseless killing" of George Floyd on May 25, Taylor cautioned against hopelessness and recited the lyrics of "Let There Be Peace on Earth." See video.
Preach, protest, decry racism
In response to protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who took his last breath under the knee of a police officer, United Methodist pastors preached about the hallowed breath of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. From UM News. Read story.
Task force releases reopening plan
On June 1, Bishop Dindy Taylor's task force released a 29-page plan -- "Taking Steps Forward Faithfully and Safely" -- toward reopening Holston Conference churches during the pandemic. See plan.
Working the steps to reopen
Two days after Holston's reopen plan was released, Welch Chapel UMC and Asbury (Knoxville) UMC announced they had met requirements and received approval to reopen June 14 with outdoor worship. On June 2, WVLT spoke to the Rev. Jenny Caughman about reopen plans for First (Oak Ridge) UMC. Read WVLT article.
Two new deaconesses
COVID-19 has caused cancellation of many events, but it didn't stop the United Methodist Women from welcoming 32 new Deaconess Home Missioners to the Order. Holston's own Donna Camper and Mitzi Sadler-Thorne were among them. Read story.
Collection rates plunge
The United Methodist Church is feeling financial fallout from COVID-19’s devastating spread. For the first four months of the year, general church apportionment receipts in the U.S. dropped about $3.2 million compared to the same period in 2019. From UM News. Read story.
Church video touches hearts
On a weekend when our news feeds were full of disturbing images and conflict, a video created by Dunlap United Methodist Church made a lot of people cry. In a good way. Read story and watch video.
Pastoral transitions during COVID-19
How can a pastor moving from one congregation to the next make a successful transition given the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis? From Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Read article.
Photo of the week
Holston United Methodists from different churches joined in a 30-minute silent peace vigil against racism last Sunday along Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, Tenn. Nearly 800 total participated, said the Rev. Nathan Irwin, who took this photo. In Bristol, Va., other United Methodists, including those from John Wesley UMC, joined in a peaceful march through the city, said the Rev. Barbara Doyle.
The Call is Holston Conference's weekly newsletter for 864 United Methodist congregations in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and North Georgia. Contact Annette Spence, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.