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News March 20, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

New health plans on the horizon

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodist pastors and lay employees have a big change on the horizon when it comes to health insurance, but conference leaders are hoping the change will bring more choice and more affordability overall.

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New health plans on the horizon
News March 20, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Arson suspected after fire destroys tents at historic UMC campground

By Jessica Brodie. A late-night fire destroyed more than a dozen rustic cabins at a historic religious campground March 10, many of them belonging to United Methodists. Investigators are still working to determine a cause of the blaze that claimed 15 cabins—known as “tents”—at Cattle Creek Campground, located in a rural stretch between Bowman and Branchville in the Orangeburg District.

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Arson suspected after fire destroys tents at historic UMC campground
Editor's Views March 20, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Infinite possibilities

Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie reflects on her new spiritual discipline—morning quiet time with God—and how prioritizing God’s way (not our way) awakens infinite possibilities.

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Infinite possibilities
News February 23, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire

By Jessica Brodie. Advent United Methodist Church is recovering this month after a fire Feb. 8 destroyed its sanctuary. No one was injured in the blaze, which happened around lunchtime that day after construction crews renovating the structure reportedly sparked a small fire while cutting steel. Now, church leaders are doing their best to carry on, armed with prayer and a commitment to perseverance. “The building burned, but the church is still here, and we’re moving forward,” said the Rev. Michael Turner, Advent’s senior pastor. “We believe we’ll be stronger than ever.”

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Stronger than ever: Advent UMC rallies after fire
News February 23, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Men rooted in Christ

By Jessica Brodie. One thousand South Carolina men spent three days rooting themselves in the Lord. And at the end of it all, they emerged transformed, fired up and ready to take the church in a bold new direction.

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Men rooted in Christ
News February 23, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Pastors explore how to preach to confront racism 70 years after S.C.’s last lynching

By Jessica Brodie. Seventy years after South Carolina’s last known lynching, a crowd gathered to remember the tragedy and share thoughts about what the church can do today to confront the sin of racism. Retired Bishop Will Willimon, South Carolina Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston, scholar Will Gravely and a host of United Methodist pastors were among a handful who shared thoughts with the packed Leonard Auditorium at Wofford College Feb. 17 in “Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.”

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Pastors explore how to preach to confront racism 70 years after S.C.’s last lynching
News February 23, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

UMCSC Hispanic/Latino Task Force condemns immigration ban

By Jessica Brodie. While the legalities of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban remain unclear, the Hispanic/Latino Task Force of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church is calling on Christians to condemn the ban and advocate for immigrants and refugees.

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UMCSC Hispanic/Latino Task Force condemns immigration ban
News February 23, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Youth bike initiative picks up speed

By Jessica Brodie. Across South Carolina, United Methodist youth are ramping up their collection of new and gently used bikes for the conference’s Annual Conference Bike Initiative.

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Youth bike initiative picks up speed

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