Posts by Category: Editor’s Views

Columns by the editor of the Advocate, Jessica Brodie

Editor's Views September 22, 2017 posted by

An obligation to save

If you’re hired to be a cashier and show up for work in a freshly laundered uniform with a bright smile, a winning personality and a strong work ethic but are willing to do everything but ring up orders, then you’re not a cashier. If we are a Christian but aren’t willing to share the Lord with others (one of our most important job duties!), then how can we be a Christian? By Jessica Brodie.

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An obligation to save
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Editor's Views May 22, 2017 posted by

God does miracles … even this

By Jessica Brodie. God can do all things. He made the universe. He made the world. He made us all. He has a plan, and He always works all things to His good purpose. And that is why—even amid arguments and worries and legal disputes and other ways we simple, non-divine human beings attempt to solve problems—I am resting calmly, safely and securely in the faith that God is with us all and will see us through everything.

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God does miracles … even this
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Editor's Views January 25, 2017 posted by

We’re not in this alone

By Jessica Brodie. One of the best things about being a mom is the chance to see the world through the unique and innocent eyes of my children. It’s amazing to me how they view the world, whether it’s the simple beauties of nature to how our nation dialogues about politics. And one of the most rewarding of these fresh perspectives has been the way I have come to look at friendship—courtesy of my 9-year-old daughter, Avery.

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We’re not in this alone
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Editor's Views December 28, 2016 posted by

Shared stories, shared understanding

Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie announces the newspaper will continue another 10 months with something that has been one of her personal favorite projects since she became editor six-and-a-half years ago: the South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening Project.

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Shared stories, shared understanding
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views November 21, 2016 posted by

A day can change everything

Our family lost the best dog in the world yesterday afternoon, the day before the Advocate went to press, and we never saw it coming. And as I muddle through grief, I’m left with one key thought that won’t let me go: Treasure what you have while you have it, because life is painfully, tragically short, and those you love can be gone before you can even say goodbye. By Jessica Brodie.

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A day can change everything
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Editor's Views September 29, 2016 posted by

Listen, understand, heal

Mass protests. Riots. Tear gas. Violence. Pain. Our nation is hurting. What are we, as followers of Christ, going to do about it? An editorial by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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Listen, understand, heal
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views August 25, 2016 posted by

A fresh start

By Jessica Brodie. It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been out of school—I still celebrate back-to-school season. There’s something about the freshly gleaming pads of paper and neat little boxes of pencils at Target stacked carefully next to rows of neon-colored highlighters and binders that make my heart go pitter-patter.

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A fresh start
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Editor's Views April 25, 2016 posted by

General Conference, here I come

By Jessica Brodie. This month, The United Methodist Church is gearing up for its quadrennial family reunion: General Conference. Yes, “family reunion” was my takeaway from the 2012 General Conference, when this editor stood…

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General Conference, here I come
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Editor's Views March 28, 2016 posted by

Five minutes

By Jessica Brodie. The forced solitude and inherent meditation opportunity in my morning commute has become my favorite time of the day to pray. Lulled into a happy, contemplative place by the hum of the car and the beauty of the coming day spread out in a panorama all around me, it’s a special, peaceful time I cherish and a great way to start the day.

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Five minutes
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Editor's Views February 24, 2016 posted by

Racial awakening: your stories wanted

By Jessica Brodie. I’m deeply excited to share with you a bold new effort the Advocate is unfurling thanks to the vision of an anonymous donor and the passion this newspaper has for racial awareness and reconciliation: the South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening Project.

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Racial awakening: your stories wanted
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