APRIL 1, 2019

Looking back at St. Louis


One month after the conclusion of General Conference, we're still reporting on the impact of the big denominational meeting in St. Louis. It probably won't come as a surprise that with the exception of one, The Call's most-clicked stories for March were all related to the special session that was held Feb. 23-26.  

1. Delegates share GC2019 experience


Nearly four years after they were elected, Holston Conference delegates returned to their homes after a General Conference that failed miserably to settle the denomination’s disagreements over human sexuality. Read the story.

2. Prayer led to Traditional Plan, supporters say


When Gerald Browning sent an email to the Holston Conference communications office, he asked a question that has been asked by many United Methodists in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. "Have you considered that this is God's will?" Read the story.

3. Bishop Taylor announces superintendents


On March 10, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor announced the projected appointments of the Rev. Ann Robins, Tennessee Valley District superintendent, and the Rev. Jane Taylor, Clinch Mountain District superintendent. Read the announcement.

4. Commentary: My child has no home in the UMC


A Holston Conference pastor and father shares his painful response to the General Conference vote to strengthen laws limiting participation of LGBTQIA members in the church. "My heart aches. I am numb." Read the commentary.

5. What can I say? Pastors offer healing words


Clergy in Holston are aware that actions of General Conference might give the impression that some are not welcome in their churches. Here are the messages that 16 pastors shared with their hurting communities. Read the story.


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