Author Archives: Jessica Brodie

News June 5, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

UMCSC elects its GC2020 delegation

South Carolina United Methodists have elected their slate of 16 delegates to the 2020 General Conference as of Wednesday morning at Annual Conference. By Jessica Brodie.

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UMCSC elects its GC2020 delegation
News June 4, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

AC UPDATE: Three more delegates elected; seven total

By Jessica Brodie. As of Tuesday at 5:20 p.m., the South Carolina Annual Conference has elected seven delegates so far to GC2020. Voting continues. Clergy elected: the Rev. Ken Nelson, Dr. Robin Dease and the Rev. Keith Hunter. Laity elected: Jacqueline Jenkins, James Salley, Michael Cheatham and Herman Lightsey.

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AC UPDATE: Three more delegates elected; seven total
News May 31, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Advocate launches newest book: hunger devotional by Editor Jessica Brodie

The newest book from the Advocate Press is a 40-day devotional called “Feed My Sheep” that attempts to awaken a heart for hunger ministry in South Carolina United Methodists. Penned by award-winning author and Advocate editor Jessica Brodie, the 174-page book teams Bible verses with hunger ministry stories that have appeared in the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate newspaper over the last decade since Brodie has served as editor.

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Advocate launches newest book: hunger devotional by Editor Jessica Brodie
News May 28, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

It’s time: Annual Conference

Two mission initiatives, three petitions and 32 delegates—all in five days. That’s what is ahead of United Methodists from every corner of South Carolina this month as they travel to the Upstate for Annual Conference. From June 2-6 at the TD Convention Center, the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church will gather for the yearly meeting, tackling business, legislation, elections and passage of the coming year’s budget. Jessica Brodie has the story, here.

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It’s time: Annual Conference
News May 28, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

South Carolina UMs among 600 attendees at UMCNext

By Stanton Adams. A team from South Carolina joined more than 600 other leaders from across The United Methodist Church May 20-22 for UMCNext, an opportunity to pray, discuss and discern a way forward in response to the adoption of The Traditional Plan.

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South Carolina UMs among 600 attendees at UMCNext
News May 28, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Epworth launches Charleston outpost

By Jessica Brodie. Children across the state are getting an extra level of love and protection this summer as Epworth Children’s Home prepares to launch its first outpost in the Charleston District.

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Epworth launches Charleston outpost
News May 28, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Trail of hope: Native American Pilgrimage remembers scars of past, looks to bright future

By Jessica Brodie. It was a time of insight, inspiration and understanding. That was the overwhelming takeaway of the Native American Pilgrimage, a South Carolina United Methodist advocacy event held on the Catawba Reservation May 17-18. More than 50 people attended the pilgrimage, hosted by the United Methodist Native American Committee and the Advocacy Committee of Conference Connectional Ministries, including South Carolina Resident Bishop L. Jonathan Holston and many members of his Cabinet.

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Trail of hope: Native American Pilgrimage remembers scars of past, looks to bright future
News May 28, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

One year later, new church Two Rivers seeing huge growth

By Jessica Brodie. They started Two Rivers Church to reach the lost and lonely, the “misfits,” the people who didn’t necessarily feel welcome or wanted in church. A year after their launch, it seems the lost and lonely—not to mention lots of new residents and young families—are finding their new church home in droves.

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One year later, new church Two Rivers seeing huge growth
Editor's Views May 28, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

The tattooed evangelist

Editor Jessica Brodie on how sometimes sharing the Gospel has absolutely nothing to do with the words that come out of our mouths but the way we live our lives.

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The tattooed evangelist
Bishop's Corner May 28, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Blessed assurance

“As we breathe a collective breath together, it is my hope that we will stay in conversation with one another, focus on the things that unite us and remain steadfast in our mission to walk together toward a future with hope.” An annual conference column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Blessed assurance
News April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Judicial Council rules core of UMC Traditional Plan is constitutional

South Carolina’s bishop is calling for dialogue and a commitment to shared unity and mission after The United Methodist Church’s top court handed down a much-anticipated ruling on the denomination’s newly approved Traditional Plan. The UMC’s Judicial Council ruled that while seven of the provisions of the Traditional Plan are unconstitutional and invalid, the rest of the plan passed muster and is therefore valid as church law. It also ruled the disaffiliation petition, permitting the “gracious exit” of a local church, is constitutional. By Jessica Brodie.

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Judicial Council rules core of UMC Traditional Plan is constitutional
News April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Annual Conference to vote on three petitions, elect 32 delegates

Just over a month remains until 2,000 South Carolina United Methodists gather for Annual Conference, ready to elect delegates to General Conference, consider three major denominational petitions, pass a budget for ministry efforts in this state and more. But while much time will be devoted to the business matters up for consideration, Conference Secretary the Rev. Ken Nelson is praying people will focus most on the two UMCSC mission initiatives: to provide food and household items for Native American elderly and other people in poverty. By Jessica Brodie.

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Annual Conference to vote on three petitions, elect 32 delegates
News April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

You are not alone: Anderson District conference empowers churches to help mentally ill

When it comes to mental illness, the church has a job to do—one modeled by Jesus and carried out in the love, resources, support and programs. That was the key message lifted up at a district-wide mental health conference March 30 at Bethesda UMC, Easley. Called “There Is No Health Without Mental Health: The Role of the Church in Addressing Mental Illness,” the conference was sponsored by Anderson District and District Connectional Ministries and featured a full day of awareness, education and other tools for Christians hoping to reach out to those hurting in the community. By Jessica Brodie.

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You are not alone: Anderson District conference empowers churches to help mentally ill
News April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

A united UMC: Christians dialogue post-General Conference

As United Methodists continue to wrestle with what happened at General Conference 2019 and how to be God’s church from here, districts across South Carolina are gathering in groups large and small to dialogue about the denomination, sexuality and how to be in purposeful mission during uncertain times. By Jessica Brodie.

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A united UMC: Christians dialogue post-General Conference

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