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News May 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Unity at work: Upstate Salkehatchie

By Jessica Connor. One Salkehatchie Summer Service camp is making strides to be interracial, interchurch and intercommunity, and participants say its efforts reflect the true meaning of Christianity and Salkehatchie.

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Editor's Views May 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

God’s will, not our own

By Jessica Connor. We’ve been seeing campaign literature lately from people who want to be elected as a General Conference delegate, and we applaud their willingness to go and serve this great United Methodist Church. It’s a huge responsibility, and one we know they don’t take lightly.

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News May 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Extreme makeover: Charleston gym becomes mission center

By Jessica Connor. In its heyday, Asbury-St. James United Methodist Church was a fixture in the downtown Charleston community. Its gymnasium, built in 1956, was the first on the peninsula, and hundreds flocked to the church for basketball, fellowship and outreach.

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Views May 25, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Annual Conference 2011

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. The 2011 South Carolina Annual Conference marks the 40th session since our conference united in 1972. This is a significant milestone.

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News April 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Pastor shaves head to help stop childhood cancer

By Jessica Connor. On a chilly, rainy afternoon, atop a platform surrounded by hundreds of chanting, applauding survivors and supporters, one United Methodist pastor submitted herself to the ultimate humility: shaving her head.

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News April 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Annual Conference to offer full child care

By Jessica Connor. From a family standpoint, attending last year’s Annual Conference was a hardship for the Rev. Brian Arant. His wife came along, but with no opportunities for their two young children to interact with their peers and no child care, his family was mostly relegated to a hotel room.

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News April 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Conference asked to study redistricting

By Jessica Connor. Instead of simply reducing districts, members of Annual Conference are now being asked to consider more strategically whether district lines need to be changed.

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Editor's Views April 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Challenging readers

By Jessica Connor. On page 5 of this month’s Advocate, you’ll find point-counterpoint columns on one of the most divisive issues our United Methodist Church is facing today. Whether we’re talking about allowing a pastor to bar a gay parishioner from worship or allowing a gay clergy member to pastor a church, the millions of people comprising the UMC have strong and often polarized opinion about homosexuality.

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News April 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Congregational specialists

By Jessica Connor. You’ve seen them in your districts or your churches, listening, dialoguing, connecting. All for the good of the Kingdom.

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Views April 26, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

The Connection

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. One of the things that I love most about our United Methodist Church is the connection. From the beginning, Methodists have realized that you can’t do it alone. Great things are accomplished for Jesus Christ when we work together.

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News March 23, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

A better connection

By Jessica Connor. A new plan to help make Connectional Ministries even more connected is now ready for final review.

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News March 23, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Open arms

By Jessica Connor. On a chilly March morning, the downtown streets just beginning to clog with commuters fighting traffic, the halls of John Wesley United Methodist Church begin to clog with a different kind of commuter.

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News March 23, 2011 posted by brutledge@fastpivot.com

Open hearts, open hands

By Jessica Connor. With chronic pancreatitis and chronic liver damage, every day is a struggle for Debbie Garcia.

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