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News May 22, 2017

Resolution calls for S.C. disaffiliation from UMC

By Jessica Brodie. One resolution included in pre-conference materials is calling for South Carolina to disaffiliate from the denomination.

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Resolution calls for S.C. disaffiliation from UMC
Photo by Allison Trussell. South Carolina clergy and laity vote on a resolution during Annual Conference 2016. This year, at least seven resolutions will go before the body, including one that calls for South Carolina’s disaffiliation from the UMC.
News May 22, 2017

One in Christ: South Main Chapel and Mercy Center

By Jessica Brodie. There’s a place in Anderson where all the broken can come to find solace and love. There, in a once-closed church that itself now has new life in Christ, they stand together in worship—the homeless alongside those with plenty, the recovering drug addicts alongside those struggling to overcome a need for excess and greed, the mentally ill alongside the spiritually ill. All of them clasping hands, bowed in prayer. All of them one in Christ. This is the South Main Chapel and Mercy Center.

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One in Christ: South Main Chapel and Mercy Center
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News May 22, 2017

S.C. reacts as Judicial Council rules lesbian bishop violates UMC Discipline

By Jessica Brodie. The United Methodist Church’s top court has ruled that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, and South Carolina United Methodists have some definite thoughts on that and the future of the denomination.

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S.C. reacts as Judicial Council rules lesbian bishop violates UMC Discipline
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) leans over to speak with her wife, Robin Ridenour (behind Oliveto) prior to a meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council in Newark, N.J. The denomination’s top court ruled on April 28 that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law. At right is Bishop Elaine Stanovsky.
Ready, set, go: UMCSC gears up for Greenville-based AC2017
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Ready, set, go: UMCSC gears up for Greenville-based AC2017

By Jessica Brodie. The countdown is on for Annual Conference 2017 as hundreds of South Carolina United Methodists get ready for a gathering in a new location with a wealth of new offerings.
God does miracles … even this
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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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