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News June 10, 2018 posted by

South Carolina re-votes on Amendment I

By Jessica Brodie. South Carolina United Methodists got the chance to re-vote June 5 on Constitutional Amendment I, one of five approved by the 2016 General Conference but that had to be ratified by annual conferences before inclusion in the Discipline.

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South Carolina re-votes on Amendment I
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News June 10, 2018 posted by

Mission and health: AC embraces abundant life with hula hoops, health kit packing, more

By Jessica Brodie. Tuesday at Annual Conference celebrated the many ways South Carolina United Methodists engage in missions and global health. From packing health kits to lifting up global and in-state mission work to taking on a world hula-hoop record, it was all designed to celebrate how the Annual Conference works together for healthy bodies, healthy homes and healthy communities.

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Mission and health: AC embraces abundant life with hula hoops, health kit packing, more
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AC2018 Bible study focuses on ‘spiritual checklist’ before mission trips

By Allison Trussell. Before you go on a trip, you have a checklist. Did you pack enough clothes? Toothbrush and toothpaste? Similarly, before you go on a mission trip, you need to do a spiritual check, said Dr. Herbert Marbury, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Bible study leader for this year’s annual conference.

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AC2018 Bible study focuses on ‘spiritual checklist’ before mission trips
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News May 25, 2018 posted by

S.C. to re-vote on gender justice amendment

Because of an error made in the text of the amendment, lay and full clergy members of Annual Conference will get the chance to re-vote on The United Methodist Church’s gender justice constitutional amendment when they gather June 3-6 at the TD Convention Center. By Jessica Brodie.

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S.C. to re-vote on gender justice amendment
Tellers count votes on the constitutional ballots at Annual Conference 2017. Because of an error in the text of Amendment I, lay and full clergy members of Annual Conference will get the chance to revote on the gender justice constitutional amendment when they gather June 3-6. Photo by Allison Trussell.
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Ready for Annual Conference 2018?

By Jessica Brodie. Days remain until this year’s Annual Conference, June 3-6 at the TD Convention Center, when United Methodist laity and clergy gather from across the state for four days of business, voting, mission and fellowship—including a special commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of The United Methodist Church.

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Ready for Annual Conference 2018?
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Bishops recommend One Church plan for UMC

By Jessica Brodie. The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops is recommending one plan for the denomination’s way forward through differences over human sexuality, though information about two other plans developed by the Commission on a Way Forward will be shared with the delegates of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.

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Bishops recommend One Church plan for UMC
Bishop Sharma Lewis leads prayer time during the Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. Photo courtesy of Council of Bishops.
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Standing on the Word: Rural Mission holds tight to faith as funding issues threaten to close doors

By Jessica Brodie. Rural Mission, a United Methodist ministry that has shepherded the weak and vulnerable for decades, is now itself in grave danger of closing. But, said its longtime executive director Linda Gadson, “I am trusting and believing that God will bring us out. The God we know has never failed us before.”

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Standing on the Word: Rural Mission holds tight to faith as funding issues threaten to close doors
Things were manageable until the “Thousand-Year Flood” of Charleston, followed by a devastating snowstorm. “Helping helpless people stay warm and fed virtually destroyed what was left of our reserves,” Gadson said. Photo by Jessica Brodie.
News May 25, 2018 posted by

Church on the margins: Two Rivers reaches out to lost, lonely in Charleston

By Jessica Brodie. It’s not your typical church scene. You park outside a stadium, then climb a short flight of stairs to find yourself in a pub—only instead of a host waiting to seat you, there’s a smiling church greeter offering a marker and a peel-and-stick nametag. You’re ushered to a long mahogany bar, only instead of an array of questionable libations, you’re offered regular or decaf coffee and your choice of brownies or chocolate chip cookies.

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Church on the margins: Two Rivers reaches out to lost, lonely in Charleston
Photo by Jessica Brodie. Two Rivers is a new church start that meets Sunday mornings at Three Lions Pub. Its pastor, the Rev. Wendy Hudson-Jacoby, said they formed to reach people who don’t necessarily feel welcome or wanted in church.

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