MARCH 8, 2019

What happened in St. Louis

Last week, Holston delegates returned to their homes after a General Conference that failed miserably to settle the denomination’s disagreements over human sexuality. “We are people who are hurting, and I don’t think it makes any difference how the final voting came out,” said the Rev. Kim Goddard. Read the story.

Trying to understand: 2,600 attend debriefings


On the first Sunday after General Conference, Holston's nine districts hosted simultaneous meetings for worship and information. Participants were anxious, sad and tense as they tried to understand the outcome. Read district reports.

What can I say? Pastors offer healing words


Holston clergy are aware that actions of General Conference give the impression that some, especially those identifying as LGBTQ, are not welcome in The United Methodist Church. Here's what they had to say about that. Read the compilation.

Commentary: My child has no home in the UMC


This Holston pastor thought he had his children's dreams figured out, until he learned that one was gay and transgender. "Few can imagine what it’s like, sitting in a parked car for an hour, as your child tells you they are going to hell for how they feel about love." Read the commentary.

Pastors became counselors after deadly tornado


Ash Wednesday gatherings at United Methodist churches in east Alabama became services of remembrance for 23 people killed in a massive tornado. From United Methodist News Service. Read the story.

Lenten devotional features Holston authors


"As we enter into a time of uncertainty, fear, and pain following General Conference, the offices of Communications and Clergy Services would like to present this devotional to you." Sign up for email subscription.


Holston Clergy Spouses
Annual retreat: March 8-10 in Pigeon Forge


Holston Conference Foundation
Programming/ Mission grant deadlines: March 15


Holston Higher Education

Francis Asbury Award nominations: Due March 27


The United Methodist Church
UMCOR Sunday: March 31


Wesley House Community Center

Golf Tournament: April 6 in Rockford, Tenn.


Camp Wesley Woods
Golf Tournament: April 29 in Rockford, Tenn.


Holston Clergy Services

Sexual Ethics Seminars: April 30-May 8


Holston Older Adult Ministries
Jubilation: May 6-8 in Pigeon Forge


Holston Connectional Ministries
Annual Conference: June 9-12 in Lake Junaluska


Holston Discipleship Team
Academy of Spiritual Formation: July 14-19 at Emory & Henry


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