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News April 27, 2015 posted by

New direction for the Spirit Singers

By Jessica Brodie. The South Carolina Conference’s youth singing ministry is heading in a new direction. In an effort to reach more youth singers and even possibly branch into instrumental, dance and visual arts, the Spirit Singers choir will shift from its current model into a new all-encompassing creative vision under direction by a conference design team.

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New direction for the Spirit Singers
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
News March 25, 2015 posted by

Jesus 101: Middle-school Bible ministry in Upstate

By Jessica Brodie. The smell of cheese puffs and cream-filled cookies fills the fellowship hall at Pisgah United Methodist Church as, one by one, about 60 eighth graders file in. “Hey, Pastor Matt!” a girl calls out as the boys jostle each other, angling for the best spot in the food line. But just like that, the clamor settles down, and the kids take their seats in orderly rows behind tables with Bibles. They’re here for Christian Released Time, a once-a-week middle school elective hosted by Pisgah, and the clock is ticking. It’s time to learn about the Bible.

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Jesus 101: Middle-school Bible ministry in Upstate
News March 25, 2015 posted by

Journey of faith: Couple embraces light, hope while navigating rare cancers

By Jessica Brodie. Betty and Shealy McCoy are each living with unusual cancer—each cancer totally unrelated to the other, and so rare they account for less than 1 percent of all cancers. Even though their cancers are debilitating and aggressive, even though they know they could return at any moment and knock their feet right out from under them, the McCoys have decided to rely completely on their faith in God and to fight back against the disease, to choose life no matter the circumstances.

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Journey of faith: Couple embraces light, hope while navigating rare cancers
News March 25, 2015 posted by

Skin in the game: UMMen ‘man up’ for Christ

By Jessica Brodie. United Methodist Men are on a roll in South Carolina, and the momentum only continues to grow. That’s what men’s ministry leaders are saying after a wildly successful Men N Ministry spiritual retreat in February that outdid the bishop’s own goal for the event, plus brought hundreds of men into new relationship with Christ.

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Skin in the game: UMMen ‘man up’ for Christ
News March 25, 2015 posted by

UMW: Combatting domestic violence in SC—together

By Jessica Brodie. Sometimes, being number one or number two isn’t a win but a colossal fail—such as when you’re talking domestic violence statistics, and the stakes are women’s lives right here in South Carolina. South Carolina United Methodist Women gathered at Epworth Children’s Home March 17 for their annual Legislative Advocacy Day, where they tackled the state’s standing as number two for deaths of women because of domestic violence.

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UMW: Combatting domestic violence in SC—together
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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