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Editor's Views January 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Enough already

By Jessica Connor. We don’t know what spurred Jared Loughner to go on an alleged shooting spree Jan. 8, leaving six innocent people dead, including a 9-year-old girl. We don’t know whether it was, as some have suggested, a festering response to the intense political vitriol that has slowly been building to a crescendo in our nation, or some other reason entirely.

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News December 21, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Planting a new church

By Jessica Connor. When it comes to starting a new United Methodist church in S.C., it all boils down to two things: the right place and the right person.

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News December 21, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Apportionment payments slip

By Jessica Connor. The bad news: apportionment payments to the S.C. Conference have slipped almost 2 percent between this time last year and now.

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News December 21, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Mother Teresa of the Sea Islands

By Jessica Connor. The woman known as the Mother Teresa of the Sea Islands has received the state’s highest honor for her longtime service to the rural poor.

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Editor's Views December 21, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

King: Legacy of Christian love

By Jessica Connor. Peace. Unity. Christian love. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached all of that and more in a lifetime spent advocating racial equality and an end to discrimination.

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Views December 21, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Making all things new

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. The possibilities that come with a new year are always intriguing to me. I am somewhat amazed when we get the opportunity to start out fresh in a new year. I am always surprised that another year has passed.

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News November 24, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Countering Christmas commercialism

For many families, Christmastime spells one big dollar sign. Ravaged with debt and overspending, they hit the malls determined to find the perfect gift for their loved one. Store after store, dollar after dollar, they are swept up in the tide of commercialism. And many times, they forget about the reason for the season: the birth of our savior.

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News November 24, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Feedback sought on new structure

By Jessica Connor. This month, United Methodists across the state will have the chance to review a draft of the new Connectional Ministries structure.

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Editor's Views November 24, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

The Ultimate Gift

By Jessica Connor. Try as I might, I’m never sure if I’m communicating the right message about Christianity to my children.

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Views November 24, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

A Parent’s Love

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. We love the story and know it by heart. Without even opening the Bible, many of us can recite the familiar words from the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke.

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Uncategorized October 25, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

United Methodist leads climate change movement

{mosimage}SWANNANOA, N.C. – Bill McKibben is “the world’s best green journalist,” Time magazine said – and he’s a United Methodist. McKibben spoke at Warren Wilson College just prior to his 350.org Day of Action Oct. 10. Foreign Policy magazine called last year’s October 350 demonstrations “the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind,” aimed at activating the world into reducing the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) from 390 to 350 parts per million.

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Views October 25, 2010 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Forget not all His benefits

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. Once again, my fading memory is renewed by the vibrant hues of red and gold leaves against the crystal blue cloudless sky.

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