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News February 26, 2019 posted by

Day 4 Update: Judicial Council rules constitutional seven key aspects of Traditional Plan, other portions unconstitutional

In addition to those ruled constitutional this morning, the UMC top court ruled nine petitions unconstitutional: six other aspects of the Traditional Plan (on Episcopal Accountability, Composition of Board of Ordained Ministry and Full Examination), plus the second sentence in another Traditional Plan petition and both disaffiliation plans.

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Day 4 Update: Judicial Council rules constitutional seven key aspects of Traditional Plan, other portions unconstitutional
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
News February 26, 2019 posted by

S.C. delegates gear up for final day of General Conference 2019 today

Delegates finished their legislative committee session yesterday, passing the Traditional Plan and two disaffiliation plans but rejecting the others, including the One Church and Simple plans. Today, GC2019 will reconvene as a plenary session, and it will hear from the Judicial Council as to the constitutionality of the plans, as well as take action—or not. While the Traditional Plan and two disaffiliation plans will carry forward in the plenary, it doesn’t mean there is no possibility for the One Church Plan or any other plans to resurface. Jessica Brodie has the ongoing coverage for the Advocate, here.

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S.C. delegates gear up for final day of General Conference 2019 today
Today, GC2019 will reconvene as a plenary session and take action—or not. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News February 24, 2019 posted by

Day 2 of GC2019 sets priorities, begins ‘perfecting’ legislation

After a Day 2 that tackled much more work than many expected, General Conference delegates will begin Day 3 perfecting the first of the way forward plans, the Traditional Plan, before moving on to the rest. Jessica Brodie has the story here.

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Day 2 of GC2019 sets priorities, begins ‘perfecting’ legislation
GC2019 delegates voted on their legislative priorities and elected officers of the legislative committee on the afternoon of Day 2. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News February 23, 2019 posted by

Sunday at GC to focus on setting priorities

After a prayer-focused Day 1, General Conference delegates will spend Day 2 setting priorities, narrowing the field of legislative petitions to high-priority petitions versus low-priority ones. Jessica Brodie has the story here.

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Sunday at GC to focus on setting priorities
South Carolina delegates (here) will spend Day 2 of GC2019 setting legislative priorities. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News February 23, 2019 posted by

South Carolina delegates reflect on General Conference Day 1

Editor Jessica Brodie of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate is here at the special session of General Conference 2019 (Feb. 23-26) to prayerfully cover the event for South Carolina United Methodists. Here, South Carolina’s delegates and bishop describe the first day of General Conference 2019 as a holy, sacred and affirming day that enabled them to focus on the mission of the church and being centered in God.

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South Carolina delegates reflect on General Conference Day 1
The South Carolina delegates on Day 1 of General Conference 2019. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News January 31, 2019 posted by

Killingsworth casts new ‘vision net’

Three years from its 75th anniversary, a United Methodist home for women in crisis is casting what it calls a “new vision net” as it prepares to seek a new executive director and a new perspective on current issues facing its female clientele. By Jessica Brodie.

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Killingsworth casts new ‘vision net’
Photo by Matt Brodie
News January 31, 2019 posted by

GC2019: Almost there

Delegates and other church leaders are in the final stretch as they prepare this month to head to the special called session of General Conference to help the denomination move beyond its impasse on human sexuality. The special session is slated for Feb. 23-2 in St. Louis. There, 16 delegates from South Carolina will join the 864 total men and women who are delegates from each conference in the UMC. Here’s what you need to know and how you can pray.

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GC2019: Almost there
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
News January 31, 2019 posted by

Tea Time program helps teens gain self worth

One program in rural South Carolina is broadening teens’ sense of self-purpose and helping to reduce teen pregnancy. In 2009, lifelong United Methodist Marian David spearheaded a mission of creating Tea Time with Teens, a program in the Bennettsville-Cheraw area that not only helps establish a solid foundation for teens, but also teaches them about their self-worth.

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Tea Time program helps teens gain self worth
News January 31, 2019 posted by

Churches gear up to visit prisoners with their prayers this Lent

One Upstate church is hoping to heed Jesus’s call to visit people in prison through weekly, intentional and specific prayer during the season of Lent, and its pastor is urging other churches across the UMC to join them. Through a project called “Visit Prison with Your Prayers,” St. Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca, plans to pray each week for a number of prisoners living in South Carolina correctional facilities.

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Churches gear up to visit prisoners with their prayers this Lent
Above are several men from St. Mark UMC, Seneca, and elsewhere who participated in a prison ministry weekend. St. Mark is hoping other UMCs across South Carolina will participate in the Lenten “Visit Prison with Your Prayers” project with them.
News January 31, 2019 posted by

Trauma relief clinic helps clients navigate pain through massage

What started as a way to help women who had been sexually assaulted find relief and solace within a church setting has now become something more. By offering the use of their facility, St. Mark United Methodist Church has been helping the community by housing a Trauma Relief Clinic, run for the past two years by Pamila Lorentz.

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Trauma relief clinic helps clients navigate pain through massage
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

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