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Latest "The Call"

May 6, 2019

Stay or go? LGBTQI members wrestle with church future

May 9, 2019 Cody Quillen calls himself a “branded Methodist.” He’s got the tattoo on his forearm to prove it. “I love the simplicity of John Wesley’s teachings,” explains Quillen, ...

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Vol. 19, Number 9

May 6, 2019

Stay or go? LGBTQI members wrestle with church future

May 9, 2019 Cody Quillen calls himself a “branded Methodist.” He’s got the tattoo on his forearm to prove it. “I love the simplicity of John Wesley’s teachings,” explains Quillen, age 28. “I got through ... more

Vol. 19, Number 8

April 22, 2019

Creation care chair wants to raise consciousness in Holston

WASHBURN, Tenn. (April 24, 2019) -- It’s standard behavior to use paper plates and plastic cups for our church dinners – and then throw them into the trash during cleanup. Sara Orellana thinks we can ... more

Vol. 19, Number 7

April 8, 2019

Students react to turmoil after decision to close Hiwassee

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (April 11, 2019) – The county police came to Hiwassee College on April 5. Nicole Fritz was one of several students who was not happy about that or any of the other turmoil ... more

Vol. 19, Number 6

March 25, 2019

Hiwassee College closing in May

March 29, 2019 (UMNS) -- Hiwassee College, a United Methodist-related college founded in 1849 to educate first-generation college students in rural Appalachia, is closing May 10 for financial reasons. The college’s board of trustees voted ... more

Vol. 19, Number 5

March 4, 2019

What can I say? Pastors offer healing words after GC

ALCOA, Tenn. (March 1, 2019) -- Pastors in Holston are aware that actions of General Conference give the impression that some, especially those who identify as LGBTQ, are not welcome in The United Methodist Church. ... more

Vol. 19, Number 4

February 18, 2019

Holston prays for General Conference

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 21, 2019) -- Holston Conference joins United Methodists all over the world this week in praying for and watching the proceedings of General Conference. The special session of the denomination’s top policy-making ... more

Vol. 19, Number 3

February 4, 2019

Young adults share emotional conversation on 'way forward'

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (Feb. 7, 2019) – A lifelong church member, Marlon Johnson knew at age 13 or 14 that he was called to ministry. “There was never a time when I didn’t identify as a ... more

Vol. 19, Number 2

January 21, 2019

Resurrection gets new life with Costa Rican launch this fall

En español PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 30, 2019) -- There are a lot of songs at Resurrection, but one song in particular seemed to seal the deal to take Holston Conference’s 34-year-old annual youth weekend ... more

Vol. 19, Number 1

January 7, 2019

'Dinner Church' creates new congregation in east Knoxville

MASCOT, Tenn. (Jan. 10, 2019) -- The Rev. Brenda Carroll began talking to her pastors about “Fresh Expressions” when she was a United Methodist district superintendent in Chattanooga. When she was appointed to lead a ... more

Vol. E18, Number 25

December 24, 2018

Top 10 stories of 2018 reveal our interests, our hope

ALCOA, Tenn. (Dec. 29, 2018) -- At the end of another year of writing and sharing news and stories from Holston Conference, it's always telling, and sometimes surprising, to review what readers clicked on the ... more

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