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News September 22, 2017 posted by

Harvey, Irma, Maria: UMCSC responds in Christian love

By Jessica Brodie. From assembling cleaning buckets, health kits and school kits to deploying disaster response teams to the areas with the most need, the church is stepping up in a variety of ways to be the hands and feet of Christ. But as far as in-state disaster response, things are looking far different this year than the past two years—and it all boils down to money.

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Harvey, Irma, Maria: UMCSC responds in Christian love
Photo by Billy Robinson
News September 22, 2017 posted by

Holding Up Your Corner: Conference-wide dialogue event to address police violence, poverty and race

By Jessica Brodie. Across the nation, news about recent shootings of unarmed African-American men by law enforcement officers from Charleston to Baton Rouge have catapulted the nation into dialogue and debate. Reports circle of excessive police force and cities labeled “hostile to black residents.” Lawsuits and mobs have erupted. In some parts of the country and in South Carolina, there is a culture of fear and distrust among races, police and civilians. But in October, the church is hoping to replace some of the pain and fear with education, awareness and a healthy dose of Jesus.

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Holding Up Your Corner: Conference-wide dialogue event to address police violence, poverty and race
Photo by Jessica Brodie
News September 22, 2017 posted by

ERT members return to Orangeburg to help home a second time after storm damage

About one year ago—Sept. 15. 2016—members of the South Carolina Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Early Response Team tarped a home on Mosley Street in Orangeburg that had several trees on it and roof damage courtesy of Tropical Storm Hermine. Exactly one year later, the conference’s Disaster Recovery Ministry headed back to Franklin’s home to replace the damaged portions of her roof and do interior work, including her bathroom and kitchen ceilings.

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ERT members return to Orangeburg to help home a second time after storm damage
News September 22, 2017 posted by

UMCSC ERTs help homeowners after Irma

South Carolina United Methodist Volunteers In Mission’s Early Response Team started preparation for Hurricane Irma well in advance when it was a Category 5 storm, along with all on the South Carolina United Methodist Disaster Response Committee. By Billy Robinson.

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UMCSC ERTs help homeowners after Irma
Photo by Billy Robinson
News September 22, 2017 posted by

Africa University launch events rescheduled for February in North Charleston

South Carolina will host a series of events of the Africa University Board and Advisory Development Committees this winter. The AU events will be held Feb. 22-25, 2018, at the North Charleston Convention Center, said James H. Salley, associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement for
Africa University.

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Africa University launch events rescheduled for February in North Charleston
Photo by Ngaatendwe Murimba. Students at Africa University have a discussion in the library. South Carolina churches raised $2.5 million for mission outreach in Africa, which included $1.7 million for a building to house the school of theology and $300,000 to endow scholarships.
News September 7, 2017 posted by

Irma: ‘As ready as we can possibly be’

By Jessica Brodie. As Hurricane Irma continues its devastating path across the Caribbean and on toward Florida, South Carolina is bracing for the worst. But United Methodist leaders say they stand watchful—and ready to respond with Christian aid should the need arise.

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Irma: ‘As ready as we can possibly be’
Photo courtesy of Billy Robinson. South Carolina is no stranger to disaster. Here, South Carolina UMVIM Early Response Teams were on the scene after Hurricane Matthew hit the state last year, tarping roofs, mucking homes and removing fallen trees. As Hurricane Irma tracks toward South Carolina, ERTs are prepped and ready to deploy when safe to do so.
News August 28, 2017 posted by

Salkehatchie: From vision to reality

By Jessica Brodie. It started out as a vision from God given to one man, who took that vision and ran with it. And today, as it closes its 39th year of servant ministry, Salkehatchie Summer Service stands as an example of all God can do through His people called Methodists.

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Salkehatchie: From vision to reality
Photo by Matt Brodie
News August 28, 2017 posted by

After Charlottesville: UMCs across S.C. react to racial violence

By Jessica Brodie. The world watched as racial protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, escalated into a frenzy that left three dead, nearly three dozen wounded and the nation shocked, angry and filled with fear. But as the dust settled, the church stood strong, lifting up a message of love, prayer and hope in Christ.

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After Charlottesville: UMCs across S.C. react to racial violence
St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC, a predominantly white church, gathered for a picnic in Bluffton with members of the predominantly black First Zion Missionary Baptist Church. They used the picnic as an opportunity to address the Charlottesville events, grow closer as a community and show others what it looks like to live a life of faith together. Photo by Phyllis Brodie.
News August 28, 2017 posted by

Team of UMCSC ‘angels’ repair four Lowcountry homes after hurricane damage

By Jessica Brodie. After Hurricane Matthew slammed her community and ruined her roof last fall, Cheryl Smith didn’t know how she’d handle repairs. But thanks to a long-term disaster recovery team through the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, Smith is not only back in her home with a brand-new roof, but three of her neighbors got their homes repaired, too.

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Team of UMCSC ‘angels’ repair four Lowcountry homes after hurricane damage
Photo by Matt Brodie

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