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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
News September 25, 2014 posted by

Strong laity=strong churches

By Jessica Connor. The Bishop’s Road Show is off and running, and early sentiment says his message is hitting home. S.C. Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston has embarked on a tour of every district in South Carolina, reaching out directly to lay servants and lay leaders to share his thoughts about how to build healthy teams and churches. If the first two road shows is any indicator, his remarks are encouraging and inspiring laity to take ministry to the next level.

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Strong laity=strong churches
News September 25, 2014 posted by

Racial reconciliation team plans ‘healing pilgrimages’

By Jessica Connor. When it comes to racism in South Carolina, it’s less a matter of frustration and tension and more a matter of deep pain and sadness—about years upon years of strife, discrimination, disrespect and far worse. So says the Rev. Amiri Hooker, chair of the newly formed S.C. Conference Racial Reconciliation Design Team, whose group has discerned that this pain is the root of most of the racial issues facing South Carolina today, and if we can get to the heart of that pain and seek conversation and understanding, true healing can begin.

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Racial reconciliation team plans ‘healing pilgrimages’
News August 26, 2014 posted by

Being real: Relationships serve people in poverty

By Jessica Connor. It’s daytime in Tent City 2. Safe time, when a so-called privileged woman like this writer can dig her low heels in the loose gravel and clay as she makes her way among the tents, cardboard boxes and wood planks, looking for stories, photos. Anything to show people what it’s really like to walk in these residents’ shoes.

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Being real: Relationships serve people in poverty
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
News July 28, 2014 posted by

Freedom School

By Jessica Connor. As South Carolina continues in the aftermath of the Million Book Effort, one United Methodist Church is strengthening literacy in a different way: hosting a summertime Freedom School.

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Freedom School
News July 28, 2014 posted by

Million Book Effort: What now?

By Jessica Connor. Nearly two months after the culmination of the conference’s Million Book Effort, many South Carolina United Methodists have decided not to shelf their passion for children’s literacy. Now, they are moving beyond a book drive to get to the heart of the issue: combatting poverty and illiteracy through hands-on relationship.

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Million Book Effort: What now?

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