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News August 28, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Stop Hunger Now: Inspired by Greenville District, Greenwood plans hunger relief event

By Jessica Connor. The pictures say it all: children so malnourished they are literally skin and bones, wasting away. Across the world, thousands of children — an estimated 16,000 — die daily from one simple cause: they have nothing to eat. This month, the Greenwood District of The United Methodist Church is stepping up and doing its part to help.

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Editor's Views August 28, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

From Martha to Mary

By Jessica Connor. I can be a Martha — so caught up in working and spinning my wheels that I lose sight of the big picture. I value Mary’s style: relationships, contemplative learning, being in the moment. But all too often, my anxiety or my workaholism takes over, and I spend way too much time doing instead of being. My recent mission trip to Zimbabwe made me realize my deep need for a lot more Mary  in my life and a lot less Martha. 

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News July 25, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

SEJ elects five bishops, passes $4.4M budget

By Jessica Connor. After a gathering that included the election of five new bishops for The United Methodist Church, the passage of a $4.4 million budget and the election of dozens of men and women to a host of church boards and agencies, delegates headed home to prepare for the next four years of denominational disciple-making.

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News July 25, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Giving the gift of hope

By Valarie Flowers. One Charleston first grader is living out the message of hope and love demonstrated by the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Editor's Views June 18, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Feeling the love

By Jessica Connor. There I was, standing in the Pee Dee Room Sunday afternoon at Annual Conference, surrounded by a sea of Advocate supporters, all talking excitedly and sharing stories. It was the Advocate’s celebration reception, the afternoon when our board of trustees marked 175 years of newspaper ministry with an Advocate birthday party, complete with cake and plenty of friends. What a beautiful thing!

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News June 18, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

Bishops, other business on slate for Jurisdictional 2012

By Jessica Connor. Thirty-six delegates from across South Carolina will join counterparts from 14 other annual conferences for the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, set for July 18-20 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in Western North Carolina.

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News June 18, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

50 years of rebuilding lives: Alston Wilkes Society

By Jessica Connor. John Smith knows more than his share about bad decisions. More than a decade ago, Smith (not his real name) was a law enforcement officer and had just gotten out of the military. “But I made a wrong choice,”  he said, winding up in prison on a drug charge.

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News June 18, 2012 posted by Jessica Brodie

New life for an old space

By Jessica Connor. A smooth slick of dust once coated the tables, chairs and shelves on the bottom floor of the church’s education building. Books lay open, pens marking the very pages that had last been read six, seven, maybe 10 years prior. Colorful lessons were gray with disuse, all activity frozen in time.

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