Holston Episcopal Area

Violence
A student was killed on school property yesterday after a shootout that wounded a police officer in east Knoxville, TN. United Methodists are trying to find ways to help a school that was already reeling from shooting deaths of four students since January. Photo courtesy of the Holston Conference.

After school shooting, United Methodists grasp for answers

United Methodists in Knoxville, Tennessee where a fatal school shooting happened April 12 are trying to help a school that was already reeling from shooting deaths of four students since January.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Paul Escamilla takes to the pulpit at Lauren Heights United Methodist Church, in San Antonio, on June 14. The church reopened for in-person worship that Sunday but closed again the following Sunday and has remained closed because of high COVID-19 case numbers locally. Photo by David Smith, courtesy of Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.

Virus spikes close doors again at some churches

Decision to reopen for in-person worship is being reversed in areas with sharply rising COVID-19 numbers.
Mission and Ministry
Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn., will close at the end of its spring semester on May 10. The 170-year-old school is affiliated with the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church. File photo courtesy of the Holston Conference.

Hiwassee College closing in May

A 170-year-old United Methodist-related college in the Holston Conference announced it will close in May for financial reasons.

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