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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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Bishop's Corner December 22, 2014 posted by

Qualities within reach

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. So we’re at that place where we’re checking our resolution list again. Unfortunately, just like last year and in previous years as well, we notice that there were some resolutions we achieved with excellence while others left much to be desired.

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Qualities within reach
News November 26, 2014 posted by

Bishop’s Road Shows ‘well received,’ leaders say

Healthy churches require healthy lay leadership teams, at least when it comes to South Carolina. That’s the message S.C. Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston is bringing on his 12-district tour of the state, joined by district superintendents and other conference leaders as he visits with local church lay leaders and lay servants. By Jessica Brodie.

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Bishop’s Road Shows ‘well received,’ leaders say
News November 26, 2014 posted by

S.C. Conference treasurer leaving to be Florida’s treasurer

S.C. Conference treasurer Tony Prestipino is stepping down.

In a release from the Rev. David C. Surrett, president of the conference Council on Finance and Administration, Surrett said, “It is with great sadness that I announce Tony Prestipino will be leaving the South Carolina Annual Conference to become the treasurer and director of administrative services for the Florida Annual Conference headquartered in Lakeland, Fla.

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S.C. Conference treasurer leaving to be Florida’s treasurer
News November 24, 2014 posted by

Christmas mission helps church ‘love thy neighbor’

By Jessica Brodie. One church is taking the Great Commandment—to love your neighbor as yourself—quite literally this Christmas. Advent United Methodist Church, Simpsonville, is challenging its congregation to cut their Christmas spending in half, then give the other half to Advent’s Christmas Miracle Mission Offering, which directly benefits area neighbors in need.

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Christmas mission helps church ‘love thy neighbor’
News November 24, 2014 posted by

Pilgrimage to Racial Reconciliation explores racism, tragedy in Orangeburg Massacre

By the Rev. Amiri Hooker. Have you ever been on a trip, to an event or had an experience that changed your life? When I was in middle school I went to Youth Annual Conference, and the interaction at YAC with youth on fire celebrating the love of Christ moved me toward a life of full-time ministry. In October this year, on the campus of South Carolina State University, I had a similar experience.

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News October 27, 2014 posted by

A voice for all

By Jessica Connor. This fall, South Carolina United Methodists begin work on a comprehensive plan designed to give voice to various racial-ethnic groups within the conference.

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A voice for all
News October 27, 2014 posted by

Higher ed, campus ministry board to see expanded size

By Jessica Connor. The group overseeing United Methodist colleges and campus ministries will see its size significantly expanded. At their fall meeting, Connectional Ministries approved a new, larger structure for the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries. Previously, the BHECM had a very large board because they have a very large scope of work; they are responsible not only for oversight of the four United Methodist colleges in S.C., plus campus ministries and chaplains at those and other colleges in the state. But with the new structure for District and Conference Connectional Ministries enacted in 2012 and 2013, the BHECM was reduced to just three to five people, plus six ex officio members—not nearly enough to handle the workload, CCM leaders said.

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Higher ed, campus ministry board to see expanded size
News October 27, 2014 posted by

Journeys with the Messiah

By Jessica Connor. His images are sometimes shocking, sometimes alluring, sometimes so compelling you can barely take your eyes off them—Jesus with a Nazi. With a jeans-clad, lipstick-wearing Mary Magdalene. With a cigarette-smoking motorcycle gang. With a wealthy man and his sports car. With a business-suited woman doing her best to ignore the poor. But no matter the reaction to them, the 45 images that comprise fashion photographer Michael Belk’s Journeys with the Messiah reflect a parable-like message, attempting to tell Gospel stories in a fresh, simple and powerful way that brings true relevance to Scripture.

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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’
Bishop's Corner October 26, 2014 posted by

Imagine No Illiteracy

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Recently, I attended a meeting where my attention span was uniquely challenged. It was the kind of meeting where you check your watch every 30 seconds or so. Then a statement was made that captivated my attention. In the midst of my boredom, a colleague raised a question; namely, “Can you imagine no illiteracy?”

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Imagine No Illiteracy
News September 25, 2014 posted by

African-American Task Force brings new awareness to UMC’s struggles, challenges

By Jessica Connor. When the Rev. James Elbert Williams made a pilgrimage in January on the bishop’s trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe, his eyes were opened in a brand-new way. He expected to see some poverty. He expected to see some challenges. But what surprised him was the realization that the challenges he saw there, 8,000 miles away, were the identical challenges facing his African-American brothers and sisters right here in South Carolina.

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African-American Task Force brings new awareness to UMC’s struggles, challenges

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