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Latest "The Call"

June 6, 2019

Annual Conference News

The Holston Annual Conference was held June 9-11, 2019, at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Please return here at for final reports to be posted within the next few days. ...

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Live From Fort Worth: 7:30 p.m. (CST)

May 1, 2008

The General Conference is returning from dinner break. While we're waiting, here are some updates:

Louise Short, age 102, addressed the assembly this morning. She is the wife of the late, former Holston Bishop Roy Short. Here's a UMNS photo of her.

Bishop James Swanson was one of 16 bishops joining in "Christian conferencing" with persons participating in today's demonstration for full inclusion of homosexual persons in the church. Bishop Gregory Palmer, president of the Council of Bishops, said that bishops of the "full perspective" were asked to participate in the conversations, "because we are the bishops of the whole church."

After the Holston delegationannounced a $20,000 donation to Nothing But Nets, two other conferences stepped forward to best Holston in the contest to give the most money for malaria prevention. The Northern Illinois Conference, "home of Michael Jordan," gave $25,000. The Central Texas Conference topped that with $32,000.

Today's deliberation of Petition 80821, "Worldwide Nature UMC," continued through the afternoon. Bob Lockaby and the Rev. Eddie Fox both stepped to the microphone during the plenary. Lockaby argued for referral of the petition, then spoke against limiting debate time. Fox asked for clarifications on two previous votes. The petition was finally adopted. (For more information, see this UMNS report under "Constitutional Amendments.")

General Conference is almost over (tomorrow). But you can find transcripts,audio or video clips, photos, and numerous resources explaining the proceedings, all at

All Holston on-site coverage is collected at

I'll be back later! -- Reported by Annette Spence (e-mail me)