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This event was held on May 9th here at 1st UMC-Maryville.
Nearly 280 people attended.
Conversations about possible splits in the United Methodist Denomination have some people asking.
- Why should we go Forward United?
- Can we go Forward United?
- and How do we go Forward United?
Clergy and lay members of the Holston Conference were invited to this day long event where attendees imagined how the church can stay together rather than splitting apart.
Throughout the morning and afternoon there were special presentations, panel discussions and conversations around the tables where people:
- Talked about important issues facing the United Methodist Church and the Holston Conference
- Encouraged and equipped each other to find our common ground in future ministry
- And articulated compelling, exciting visions for the future of the Holston Conference.
10:00 Welcome and worship - Sarah Slack and Chris Lee
10:20 Who are we and why are we here? - Jonathan Jonas
10:40 Why should we go forward united? Biblical and theological responses. - Don Hanshew, Chase Crickenberger, Anna Lee, Adam Love, Sarah Varnell, and Paul Seay
11:05 Why should we go forward united? Practical responses. - Caleb Frazier, Matt Hall, Whitney Winston, Chris Brown, Natalie Justice, Brad Hyde, and Sam Ward
12:00 Lunch break
12:30 Can we go forward united? - Sharon Bowers, Nathan Malone, Lisa Bryant, Randy Frye, Kim Goddard,Seth O’Kegley-Gibson,Charlotte Williams, and Wil Cantrell
1:40 How do we go forward united? - Palmer Cantler, Gregg Bostick, Clayton Farmer, Stephanie Parrott, Magan Stubblefield, and Charlotte Williams
2:35 Charting the path ahead - Jonathan Jonas