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This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Editor's Views November 28, 2018 posted by

A holy circle

When I was a kid, preparing for Christmas involved a whole lot of me, myself and I—what I wanted to receive for Christmas, where my family was going to celebrate Christmas, you get the picture.But now, I’ve come to realize that a focus on Advent—the four weeks when we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ—is what I was always missing in the holiday. By Jessica Brodie.

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A holy circle
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Bishop's Corner November 28, 2018 posted by

A hope and a promise

For many of us, this season will be an endurance marathon of way too much to do, way too much to eat and way too much stress. However, the true blessing of the Christmas season can be discovered when we focus on preparing our hearts to receive again the greatest gift given to humankind: the hope, comfort, joy and glad tidings the baby Jesus brought to earth. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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A hope and a promise
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Bishop's Corner October 29, 2018 posted by

Keep your eye on the prize

Professional athletes often find success through their keen ability to remain focused in moments of high pressure. Certainly they practice and train to continually improve their skills, but the difference between a novice and a champion can come down to the ability to focus when it matters most. By Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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Keep your eye on the prize
Photo by Matt Brodie
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Like the early church: UM pastor’s experience with Uganda ministry ‘transformative’

By Jessica Brodie. One South Carolina United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Judy Hames, headed to Uganda this summer to spend a week mentoring new believers in Christ. Hames went as part of International Missionaries For Christ, a non-denominational mission organization that sends out these new believers as serious transformers of the world for Christ in the ways of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley. “It has to have been one of the highlights of my life,” said Hames.

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Like the early church: UM pastor’s experience with Uganda ministry ‘transformative’
News September 17, 2018 posted by

UM-founded Dream Station helps with job training

By Laura Camby McCaskill. In 2012, two police officers were killed in the line of duty in Aiken County within six weeks of each other. This brought the community together to find out why—and led to the creation of an organization, Megiddo Dream Station, that helps alleviate issues of poverty and unemployment.

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UM-founded Dream Station helps with job training
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Deacons, lay employees to see insurance increase

By Jessica Brodie. Deacons and lay employees outside the conference office will see an increase in their premium costs for insurance in 2019. That’s the word from the Rev. Christopher Lollis, director of the South Carolina Conference Pensions and Benefits Office.

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Deacons, lay employees to see insurance increase
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Constitutionality of Way Forward plans goes before UMC top court this month

By Jessica Brodie. This month, The United Methodist Church’s top court is expected to review the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward and rule on whether the proposed legislation for General Conference 2019, including petitions, is constitutional. That court, the Judicial Council, will gather Oct. 23-26 in Zurich. The matter is on the court’s docket along with other items.

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Constitutionality of Way Forward plans goes before UMC top court this month
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Registration going strong for Summit on the Black Church

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, will serve as keynote speaker for the South Carolina Conference’s Summit on the Black Church: Real Talk for the Black Church.

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Registration going strong for Summit on the Black Church
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis will keynote the Summit. Here, Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, will serve as keynote speaker. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops
News September 17, 2018 posted by

Organ campaign begins at Main Street UMC in Abbeville

By Jane Agan. As one church in South Carolina hurries to finish its organ restoration, another is just beginning. Main Street United Methodist Church began an organ campaign Aug. 26. Called “Keep the Music Flowing: A Campaign to Replace and Restore the Organ,” this campaign is eight weeks of spiritual renewal as well as funding a new organ.

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Organ campaign begins at Main Street UMC in Abbeville
Photo by Kai Suess, Germany East Annual Conference
Bishop's Corner September 17, 2018 posted by

While we breathe, we hope

By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston. South Carolina once again is feeling the brunt of a powerful hurricane that has caused widespread property damage across our state. While many South Carolinians have had their lives disrupted, there is tremendous evidence of God’s faithfulness in our midst. We recognize that these are trying times that are overwhelming and often lead us to believe there is nothing we can do to help.

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While we breathe, we hope
Photo by Billy Robinson
Editor's Views August 24, 2018 posted by

Shining a light on mental illness

By Jessica Brodie. Mental illness runs in my family. Like some families have a genetic predisposition to diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, my family members sometimes struggle with chemical imbalances in the brain.

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Shining a light on mental illness
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views July 19, 2018 posted by

Thanks for the bad

Editor Jessica Brodie on how bad times (even those facing the UMC as a whole) help us draw closer to God and develop a more Christ-like attitude—humility, faith, and trust in God’s will (“thy will be done”). They teach us things we wouldn’t know otherwise. They help us become patient. They can later help us to comfort others. And when we thank God for these situations, even when it feels ridiculous to do so, we’re acknowledging His sovereignty, His dominion and His power.

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Thanks for the bad
Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS
Bishop's Corner July 19, 2018 posted by

On the cutting edge

Bishop Jonathan Holston reflects on what it is to be in mission: Being on the cutting edge, figuring out what it means to make disciples. Transforming the world for people where they live. Using our lives to share Christ’s love. Meeting new people and listening to their stories. Growing in an understanding of how God is at work in the world.

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On the cutting edge
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
Editor's Views June 10, 2018 posted by

Our Methodist family

Editor Jessica Brodie on how—when we take a step away from our own clique, our own church, our own circle of friends and family, and we begin to look around at others who are also Christian—we realize our family is nothing like us at all on the surface except where it counts: in matters of faith.

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Our Methodist family
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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