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News August 26, 2019

Unanimous: Historic Washington Street UMC votes to join Reconciling Ministries

One of South Carolina’s oldest and largest United Methodist churches has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network. Washington Street UMC Church Council voted unanimously July 29 to join the network, an unofficial caucus of United Methodists that promotes full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other individuals in the life of the church. The vote makes Washington Street the only reconciling congregation in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC, though there are at least 11 additional reconciling Sunday school classes and other communities in various UMCs across the state. By Jessica Brodie.

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Unanimous: Historic Washington Street UMC votes to join Reconciling Ministries
News August 26, 2019

One year after storm, ‘Day of Service’ to help Hurricane Florence recovery

A year after a double-whammy of hurricanes swept through South Carolina, swamping rivers, dams and towns alike, the United Methodist connection is rallying for recovery. United Methodists across South Carolina will get the chance to help people through a conference-wide Disaster Recovery Day of Service set for Sept. 21. By Jessica Brodie.

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One year after storm, ‘Day of Service’ to help Hurricane Florence recovery
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News August 26, 2019

Cumberland’s anti-incarceration weekend targets community’s young men

They’ve seen the statistics, seen the toll it’s taken on families—young men with so much promise making poor choices and then winding up behind bars. Now, one United Methodist church is doing its part to fight back. On Aug. 16-17, Cumberland United Methodist Church, in collaboration with community partners, hosted Anti-Incarceration Weekend, two days filled with honest discussion about real consequences when people choose the wrong path. By Jessica Brodie and Dr. Anthony Hodge.

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Cumberland’s anti-incarceration weekend targets community’s young men
Unanimous: Historic Washington Street UMC votes to join Reconciling Ministries
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Unanimous: Historic Washington Street UMC votes to join Reconciling Ministries

One of South Carolina’s oldest and largest United Methodist churches has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network. Washington Street UMC Church Council voted unanimously July 29 to join the network, an unofficial caucus of United Methodists that promotes full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other individuals in the life of the church. The vote makes Washington Street the only reconciling congregation in the South Carolina Conference of the UMC, though there are at least 11 additional reconciling Sunday school classes and other communities in various UMCs across the state. By Jessica Brodie.
Standing together
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Standing together

Keeping people out of prison is not about being “soft” on crime or altering laws. It’s about coming together as a responsible and loving community before crimes occur. It’s standing with our young people before they walk down the wrong path or begin to make poor choices. It’s coming alongside them with accountable mentoring relationships that expose them to positive life models and high expectations. A column by Jessica Brodie.

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