Holston Annual Conference

Mary Harris describes her vision for Pickett Chapel, a nearly 200-year-old structure built by slaves as a Methodist church in Lebanon, Tenn. Harris, president of the Wilson County Black History Committee, says about $200,000 so far has been spent to stabilize the building. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

New life for 196-year-old Pickett Chapel

Pickett Chapel in Lebanon, Tennessee, has been a white church, a Black church and a multiracial one in its long life as a Methodist house of worship. Built by slave labor, its newest incarnation will be as a museum and event venue if restoration efforts by a local Black history committee are successful.
Disaster Relief
A team from Keith Memorial United Methodist Church wears the mud they worked in while pulling out water-logged insulation beneath a mobile home in Norton, Virginia. From left to right: Sarah Williams, Tyler Nash, Chris Anderson, and Terry Stansell. Photo by Melissa Smith, courtesy of the Holston Conference.

United Methodists put 'legs on the prayers'

United Methodists in Holston Conference moved beyond prayers and got to work after learning about devastating floods and storms recently experienced by neighbors in Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia.
Church Leadership
The Rev. H. Eddie Fox reads the gospel lesson during morning worship at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Fox, a longtime director of World Methodist Evangelism, died July 28, 2021, at age 83. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Rev. Eddie Fox, evangelism pioneer, dies

As longtime director of World Methodist Evangelism, he traveled the globe to share the gospel and encourage other Wesleyan Christians to do the same.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Jason Stubblefield. Photo courtesy of the author.

United Methodism's crisis of authority

United Methodists need the stability of established doctrine and the means to uphold it. Emulating the Catholic Church’s magisterium could serve that purpose.

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