Author Archives: Jessica Brodie

News April 26, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Advocate Awareness Day May 21, 2017

The 180-year-old South Carolina United Methodist Advocate newspaper will celebrate Advocate Awareness Day May 21, 2017, and a variety of resources (speakers, bulletin inserts, subscription envelopes, more) are available for churches.

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Advocate Awareness Day May 21, 2017
News April 25, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Greenwood churches help storm victim in Sellers

When 20 United Methodists from the Greenwood District returned from helping with the conference’s hurricane relief blitz in Sellers this January, they couldn’t get one man off their mind—Allen James. And so they did what anyone with a heart for Christ would do: they helped him. By Jessica Brodie.

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Greenwood churches help storm victim in Sellers
News April 25, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Six resolutions to go before AC2017

By Jessica Brodie. This June, Annual Conference members will consider six resolutions, each rooted in solidarity or in healing. The six received in time for inclusion in pre-conference materials deal with everything from lynching, immigration and opposing a Muslim ban to issues facing LGBTQ youth.

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Six resolutions to go before AC2017
News April 25, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

A faithful response to domestic violence

Upstate pastors gather to learn new ways the church can help victims and stop domestic violence as the UMC’s Susan Burton shares ways to offer a faithful response to this crime against humanity. By Jessica Brodie.

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A faithful response to domestic violence
News April 25, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

First UMC, Easley, brings worshipers to common table

First United Methodist Church, Easley, successfully confronted a dilemma of bringing together at one common worship setting two congregations that had grown within its membership at its non-traditional service and the traditional worship hour. By Alice Vander Linden, David Cantrell and Chris Weston.

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First UMC, Easley, brings worshipers to common table
Editor's Views April 25, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

We’re bigger than this

As the UMC’s top court prepares to hear questions related to a lesbian bishop, Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie reminds us to keep our focus more on God and being united in Christ than on any distractions sent our way.

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We’re bigger than this
Bishop's Corner April 25, 2017 posted by Jessica Brodie

Expecting great things

Bishop Jonathan Holston writes about the 2017 South Carolina Annual Conference, what he calls “a blessed time to gather for praise, worship, service and holy conferencing.”

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Expecting great things
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

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