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News January 28, 2016

91.1%: UMCSC celebrates best year in more than a decade

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodist financial leaders are cheering this month after closing the conference’s best year in more than a decade—even after a devastating flood that racked up billions of dollars in damage statewide. South Carolina United Methodist churches paid 91.1 percent of their apportionments for 2015, almost 2 percent higher than the 89.4 percent paid in 2014 and the first time the conference has achieved over the 90 percent mark since 2002.

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91.1%: UMCSC celebrates best year in more than a decade
A photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications
News January 28, 2016

Housing for teams tops list of flood needs

By Jessica Brodie. Nearly four months after the South Carolina flood, the conference’s disaster recovery team is settling into a new reality—one steeped largely in outreach, needs assessment and a massive web of disaster coordination across the state.

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Housing for teams tops list of flood needs
Photo by Matt Brodie
91.1%: UMCSC celebrates best year in more than a decade
A photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications
2 Comments   Jan 28, 2016

91.1%: UMCSC celebrates best year in more than a decade

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodist financial leaders are cheering this month after closing the conference’s best year in more than a decade—even after a devastating flood that racked up billions of dollars in damage statewide. South Carolina United Methodist churches paid 91.1 percent of their apportionments for 2015, almost 2 percent higher than the 89.4 percent paid in 2014 and the first time the conference has achieved over the 90 percent mark since 2002.
Homosexuality and the church: Two clergy perspectives
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
4 Comments   Jan 28, 2016

Homosexuality and the church: Two clergy perspectives

Two South Carolina United Methodist pastors—Dr. Tom Summers and the Rev. Phil Thrailkill—address one of the key issues up for dialogue and vote at this year's General Conference: homosexuality.