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Christian love in action: ERT volunteers wrap up work after double-whammy hurricanes

By Billy Robinson. For two months, more than 160 volunteers worked about 3,800 hours providing Christian love in action to survivors of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, many of these survivors in dire need of help. Hurricane Florence made landfall Sept. 14 near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, then moved inland toward South Carolina, and Hurricane Michael swept up from the Gulf Coast and impacted South Carolina as a tropical storm Oct. 11. While the storms themselves caused problems, flooding in the aftermath was far worse. Now, volunteers’ early response work is largely ending as the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church shifts into recovery mode.

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Christian love in action: ERT volunteers wrap up work after double-whammy hurricanes
Photo by Billy Robinson
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General Conference: Now what?

By Jessica Brodie. In less than three months, 864 United Methodists from across the world who are delegates from each annual conference in the denomination will gather in one place with one purpose: helping the global church move beyond its debilitating disagreement over human sexuality. Here’s the latest news.

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General Conference: Now what?
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
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UMC prison chaplains help inmates pray for pastors, churches

By Jessica Brodie. This Advent, United Methodist prison chaplains are embarking on a new faith journey with inmates designed to wrap pastors and churches in prayer. The Rev. Traci Bennett, clinical chaplain supervisor at Tyger River Correctional Institution, and the Rev. Edward McKnight, senior chaplain at Lee Correctional Institution, are two of several prison ministry advocates across South Carolina taking part in Give the Gift of Prayer, a Christmas-themed prayer vigil. With the vigil, Christian prisoners will be praying daily from the beginning of Advent through Epiphany for the pastors and churches of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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UMC prison chaplains help inmates pray for pastors, churches
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
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Apportionments on track, says UMCSC treasurer

By Jessica Brodie. As 2018 edges to a close, churches across the conference are gathering final funds to pay their 2018 apportionments for The United Methodist Church. As of Oct. 31 financials, numbers were on track for the conference to bring in about the same as it did last year, said Beth Westbury, conference treasurer and director of administrative services.

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Apportionments on track, says UMCSC treasurer
A photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications
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Summit offers real talk on vitality in the black church

By Jessica Brodie. How can we connect missing links to make a unified, powerful whole—and do it in a way that glorifies God? That was the gist of a three-day Summit on the Black Church in Charleston this fall attended by hundreds of lay and clergy United Methodists from across South Carolina.

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Summit offers real talk on vitality in the black church
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Pastors of two large S.C. UMCs send letters to congregation in support of current UMC stance on sexuality

By Jessica Brodie. This fall, the senior pastors of two of South Carolina’s largest United Methodist churches—Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, and Chapin UMC, Chapin—have sent letters to their congregations about the upcoming special session of General Conference, each affirming the traditional stance of the UMC.

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Pastors of two large S.C. UMCs send letters to congregation in support of current UMC stance on sexuality
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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