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News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

‘God has it’: Rural Mission on pause while new plan unfolds

By Jessica Brodie. Rural Mission’s longtime director Linda Dingle Gadson was one of the first of four African-American females to graduate from the College of Charleston, and she has spent the last five decades in service to the rural poor.  And now, less than a month after her beloved Rural Mission has closed its doors, citing a “time of transition,” Gadson is holding tight to faith, counting her blessings—and figuring out how she and others can continue to support the people of the Sea Islands. On Feb. 28, the 50-year-old Rural Mission announced the ministry would be entering an “indefinite time of closed operations” as leaders determine the best way to address a sustainable future. Gadson has been at the helm of Rural Mission since 1972, most of the ministry’s existence.

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‘God has it’: Rural Mission on pause while new plan unfolds
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

What happened at General Conference? From constitutionality questions to ineligible voters and more

The called special session of General Conference might be over, but much of what happened is still uncertain more than a month later. Here, with help from United Methodist News Service articles, as well as resources offered by the general church on UMC.org, the Advocate explores what did happen, what has happened since and what’s coming next. Compiled by Jessica Brodie.

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What happened at General Conference? From constitutionality questions to ineligible voters and more
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Annual Conference 2019: A Future with Hope

By Jessica Brodie. South Carolina United Methodists are gearing up for this summer’s Annual Conference—finalizing plans, embracing new mission initiatives, preparing for delegate voting and finessing legislation.

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Annual Conference 2019: A Future with Hope
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Native American pilgrimage designed to showcase unknown contributions, plight

By Jessica Brodie. It might be 2019, but many people in South Carolina still don’t understand what Native Americans have contributed to this state and this nation—or the turmoil they’ve been through. That is why Native American United Methodists and the Advocacy Committee of Conference Connectional Ministries are hosting a Native American Pilgrimage this spring in Rock Hill.

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Native American pilgrimage designed to showcase unknown contributions, plight
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

No Health Without Mental Health: Anderson District offers conference

By Jessica Brodie. As mental illness, substance use disorders and suicide numbers climb, some churches in South Carolina are stepping up to learn how they can help address the problem. On March 30, Bethesda United Methodist Church, Easley, will host a daylong mental health conference to dialogue about how the church can play a big role in helping people.

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No Health Without Mental Health: Anderson District offers conference
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

ERTs respond after EF-1 tornado hits Columbia

South Carolina United Methodist Volunteers in Mission’s Early Response Team responded in the aftermath of an EF-1 tornado that hit a neighborhood on Saluda River Road in March. Billy Robinson has the story.

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ERTs respond after EF-1 tornado hits Columbia
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Chicken, lima beans and love: Langley UMC feeds veterans

The buses pull up, and they disembark. First, the able-bodied—those who can manage to step down and place their feet firmly on the asphalt of the parking lot—then the disabled, those who need a wheelchair or a walker or a ramp. All of them soldiers, men and women who served and sacrificed, all of them victims of the aftermath of war. By the Rev. Darlene Kelley.

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Chicken, lima beans and love: Langley UMC feeds veterans
Editor's Views March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

God is on the move in South Carolina

In the aftermath of General Conference, Editor Jessica Brodie reflects on how no matter what we sinful and imperfect human beings get wrong, God is on the move in spite of and perhaps because of us, shining through us in big ways and small.

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God is on the move in South Carolina
News March 1, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Women with a purpose: 150 years of United Methodist Women

From its nascent beginnings from eight women gathered in a cozy church room to what it is today—a mission organization comprising 800,000 members around the world—United Methodist Women are celebrating 150 years strong this month. Jessica Brodie has the story.

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Women with a purpose: 150 years of United Methodist Women
News March 1, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

GC2019 passes Traditional Plan, maintains ‘incompatible’ language

Culminating a day of tears, frustration, peaceful protests and impassioned debate, General Conference delegates have passed an amended Traditional Plan for the denomination. The Traditional Plan affirms the current language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, which states, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” (Para. 304.3). Jessica Brodie has the story for the Advocate.

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GC2019 passes Traditional Plan, maintains ‘incompatible’ language
News March 1, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Church sows seeds of love producing food for those in need

One pastor has taken up the call to feed the hungry through missions. The Rev. Darrell McNeill, of Spartanburg Urban Mission, has been involved with feeding programs since 2015. Now, thanks to a significant grant from the South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development, they are partnering with Foodshare. Laura Camby McCaskill has the story.

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Church sows seeds of love producing food for those in need
News March 1, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

UMW Legislative Day lifts up importance of helping children know their worth

Forget “simply trying to survive.” It’s time to help children know their worth—that they are loved by God, loved by us, and important enough to raise our voices loud enough to help. That was the message brought by the Rev. John Holler, president of Epworth Children’s Home, who brought a keynote message for hundreds of South Carolina women gathered Feb. 12 for the annual United Methodist Women Legislative Advocacy Day. Jessica Brodie has the story.

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UMW Legislative Day lifts up importance of helping children know their worth

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