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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our Carry the Torch event for this year will be a virtual event to be aired on October 1st at 12:15pm and 7:15pm via Facebook Live.  A week prior to the event airing we will send out a link to all guests so they can participate.  For additional information, please contact Mary Beth Ramey at 865-524-3926x22.

The Volunteer Ministry Center’s Carry the Torch Knoxville 2020 event will feature Public Radio Show Host, Journalist and Author Krista Tippett. Krista is the Author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living; Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit; and Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters and How to Talk About It.


The Peabody Award-winning Tippett grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and spent most of the 1980s in divided Germany. She was the New York Times stringer in Berlin, where she also reported for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit. Later she served as a special political assistant and chief Berlin aide to the US Ambassador to West Germany. Krista Tippett received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2014 for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.”

“VMC is thrilled and privileged to have Krista Tippett, New York Times bestselling author and host of the National Public Radio program “On Being”, as the featured speaker at the 2020 Carry the Torch Knoxville luncheon,” said VMC’s CEO, Dr. Bruce Spangler.  Krista’s writings and conversations regarding faith, ethics, humanity, and compassion relate closely to the work of the Volunteer Ministry Center.  Compassion is one of the three core tenets of VMCs mission of ending and preventing homelessness and is the root of all of VMC’s programs and services.  Krista’s presentation will be motivating as well as inspiring.


“Carry the Torch is vital to our fundraising efforts each year.  In addition, it raises awareness about the experience of homelessness with a simple yet clear message of hope and promise of life beyond homelessness.   I invite and encourage individuals, groups and organizations to attend the 2020 Carry the Torch,” Spangler added.

The mission of the Volunteer Ministry Center is to facilitate permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and to provide services to prevent homelessness.  For more information, contact Mary Beth Ramey at 865-524-3926, x 229 or visit  To help VMC fulfill its mission, please donate at the link on the website,

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