Posts by Category: Editor’s Views

Columns by the editor of the Advocate, Jessica Brodie

Editor's Views July 27, 2015 posted by

A commandment to care

By Jessica Brodie. Since our last edition, it’s been a whirlwind for people of faith in South Carolina, from the shooting of nine people during Bible study at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, to sweeping landmark Supreme Court cases legalizing gay marriage and upholding the Affordable Care Act, to the removal of a painful symbol of racism (or Southern pride) from the South Carolina State House grounds.

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A commandment to care
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Editor's Views June 15, 2015 posted by

A way to help all our children

By Jessica Brodie. Every 60 seconds, a child dies of malaria. In the time it takes you to read this editorial, a small, precious, vulnerable child, who Jesus Christ himself charged us to protect, will die from a disease that is preventable, treatable and beatable—if only there were enough money and resources.

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A way to help all our children
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Editor's Views May 26, 2015 posted by

Not my will, but thine

By Jessica Brodie. News broke as we prepared to go to press on the Advocate this month that an economist has a grave warning for The United Methodist Church: the denomination is in crisis, and if we don’t turn things around soon, we’re in big trouble.

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Not my will, but thine
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Editor's Views April 27, 2015 posted by

Once (color) blind, now I see the light

By Jessica Brodie. Growing up, race wasn’t a big deal to me. Maybe it was growing up in Miami—where the swirl of Spanish mingled with the tropical breeze, where your bare arms on the beach were just a shade darker or lighter than your friends’, and no one could tell who was Latina or white or “mixed” or what—but it seemed like no one cared about race in the least. But now…

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Once (color) blind, now I see the light
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Editor's Views March 25, 2015 posted by

Passion

By Jessica Brodie. There I was, at the United Methodist Men’s spiritual retreat, surrounded by literally hundreds of men who were committing themselves to Christ, some for the very first time. I saw grown men with tears running down their cheeks, grown men laying on the floor or with their heads in their hands, ashamed that it had taken them this long to make that leap, excited about what was ahead of them. And it blew my mind.

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Passion
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Editor's Views February 20, 2015 posted by

Big plans

By Jessica Brodie. My husband once told me he had big plans for me. He told me this when we were first dating, and his words naturally made my heart go pitter-patter and I began to dream of all sorts of wonderful future romantic what-ifs. God also has big plans for us, as he says in Jeremiah 29:11…

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Big plans
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Editor's Views December 22, 2014 posted by

A New Year of peace, tolerance

By Jessica Brodie. As I write this column, so many are in anguish across the nation and the world—about the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, and the still-fresh scars of long-seated racism and prejudice the shooting elicited. About the 132 schoolchildren the Pakistani Taliban shot and set ablaze, citing religious and political motivation. About the scores of Christian martyrs, adults and children alike, beheaded by ISIS in the Mideast. About the hatred, intolerance and rampant bullying of gays and lesbians.

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A New Year of peace, tolerance
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Editor's Views November 24, 2014 posted by

Blessings

By Jessica Brodie. Most every morning I drink my coffee from a cup that reminds me that if I count my blessings, one by one, it will surprise me what the Lord has done.

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Blessings
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Editor's Views October 27, 2014 posted by

Not ‘nobody’

By Jessica Connor. What would happen if we all just took a minute and smiled at everybody we encountered? If we didn’t simply rush on by but paused to acknowledge the humanity, the Spirit, within each of us?

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Not ‘nobody’
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Editor's Views August 26, 2014 posted by

Look past the surface

By Jessica Connor. As humans, we put all sorts of social constraints on our ourselves. Beyond race, ethnicity or creed, we like to further divide ourselves: Are we “Southern,” “Northern” or “Midwestern?” “Liberal” or “conservative?”

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Look past the surface
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Editor's Views July 28, 2014 posted by

Welcome to America?

By Jessica Connor. More than 50,000 undocumented children intercepted by U.S. immigration officials just in the past year. More than that, perhaps, crossing into this nation and into the system, sometimes documented, sometimes undocumented. All searching for a better life, far from the starvation, the terror, the cycle of poverty.

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Welcome to America?
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Editor's Views June 10, 2014 posted by

Be kindness

By Jessica Connor. In final worship at Annual Conference, Bishop Holston wrapped to a close quoting Mother Teresa: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

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Be kindness
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Editor's Views February 25, 2014 posted by

One million books and you

By Jessica Connor. I’m a bookworm. I started reading when I was a precocious 2-year-old, and today I count books among my most prized possessions. When I’m not reading, I’m writing. Books take me to other places, other ages and sometimes other planets. They were my escape as a child, my ticket to a bright and limitless future.

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Editor's Views January 27, 2014 posted by

‘He must be a Christian, Mommy’

By Jessica Connor. As the mother of two young children, ages 6 and 8, I try hard to make sure they are steeped in strong faith. I bring them to church, pray with them a few times a day, say blessings at meals, the usual. When hard times arise, such as when my son had a brief bout with a bully on the bus, they become good opportunities to show how God is always with us, walking beside us even when we can’t see him.

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Editor's Views December 23, 2013 posted by

Voices of poverty: life on the margins

By Jessica Connor. When our eyes are opened, we can see them clearly: our friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters on the fringes of life. Sometimes they don’t have enough to eat. Sometimes they don’t have a home of their own and stay with family members or live out of their car. Or in a shelter. Or on a park bench. Whatever they can do to survive and get by until they can catch a break.

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