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News February 24, 2012 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Still singing: St. James UMC finds new life after armed robbery

By Jessica Connor. It was an ordinary Wednesday evening in January. Commuters clogged busy four-lane St. James Avenue, while parents ferried kids to and from basketball practice or nearby fast food restaurants. By all accounts, it was typical suburban life in a suburban Lowcountry enclave.

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News February 24, 2012 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Listening for the melody of God

By Jessica Connor. Through pain and joy, despair and panic, when you are so utterly exhausted that you wonder if your way is hidden from God, just be real. Embrace your journey. And don’t forget to sing.

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Editor's Views February 24, 2012 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

A wind of change

By Jessica Connor. Like a breath of fresh air blowing swiftly across the world, change is coming to the United Methodist Church.

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Views February 24, 2012 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Matching pastors, local churches

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. Whether you sit in the pew or stand in the pulpit each Sunday, the appointment process is important to United Methodists. Churches grow to love their pastors and pastors grow to love their churches. It is a very special relationship.

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News January 23, 2012 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

A ‘different’ church: Waters Edge

By Jessica Connor. Deep in the Lowcountry, nestled in a quiet riverfront town in the heart of the Sea Islands, a different kind of church began to worship five years ago.

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News January 23, 2012 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

20 years of Africa University

By Jessica Connor and the Rev. Kathy James. It began as a dream some said would never come to fruition. Now, on the eve of its 20th birthday, Africa University serves as the foundation of United Methodist higher education on the continent of Africa. And it is thanks in part to the significant role South Carolina United Methodists have played in the university’s development.

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Editor's Views January 23, 2012 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Courageous love

By Jessica Connor. This month, the Advocate is wholeheartedly applauding the bishops of four major denominations in this state for their bold move in the name of love.

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