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News April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

‘God’s Child’ author testifies on God’s power in the world—and her life

God is always there. That’s the highest message of God’s Child, an autobiography by a woman whose childhood was so difficult one might be surprised that’s the takeaway. Margaret Shallow, 75, a member of Chapin UMC, Chapin, published “God’s Child” in November, depicting her unloved and un-nurtured surroundings from birth until late adulthood. By Laura Camby McCaskill.

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News April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

MSN campus ministry offers new ‘Faith and Medicine’ small group

Is a physician in a position of power such that any reference to her religion is imposing on the family of her patient?  How does a doctor deal with his own grief and empathy for poor outcomes in his patients? These questions and many others are addressed in the Faith and Medicine small group held every other week, sponsored by the Methodist Student Network at the University of South Carolina.

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MSN campus ministry offers new ‘Faith and Medicine’ small group
News April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Advocate wins five more journalism awards; 113 total since 2010

The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate has been honored with another five journalism excellence awards this spring, bringing its total to 113 wins since 2010. These latest are from the South Carolina Press Association and from the Religion Communicators Council, both of which met in April to honor hundreds of communicators in highly competitive contests.

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Editor's Views April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Such hope

Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie on a recent mentoring experience that reminded her beyond a shadow of a doubt what our church is meant to do on behalf of our savior, Jesus—not argue with fellow believers about sexuality or other issues, but instead to powerfully and earnestly make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Such hope
Bishop's Corner April 30, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

A time to gather

Bishop Jonathan Holston on his expectations that the 2019 Annual Conference will be “a glorious time of celebration where the graciousness of God and the generosity of God’s people called United Methodist will be experienced in excellent ways.”

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A time to gather
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

‘God has it’: Rural Mission on pause while new plan unfolds

By Jessica Brodie. Rural Mission’s longtime director Linda Dingle Gadson was one of the first of four African-American females to graduate from the College of Charleston, and she has spent the last five decades in service to the rural poor.  And now, less than a month after her beloved Rural Mission has closed its doors, citing a “time of transition,” Gadson is holding tight to faith, counting her blessings—and figuring out how she and others can continue to support the people of the Sea Islands. On Feb. 28, the 50-year-old Rural Mission announced the ministry would be entering an “indefinite time of closed operations” as leaders determine the best way to address a sustainable future. Gadson has been at the helm of Rural Mission since 1972, most of the ministry’s existence.

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‘God has it’: Rural Mission on pause while new plan unfolds
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

What happened at General Conference? From constitutionality questions to ineligible voters and more

The called special session of General Conference might be over, but much of what happened is still uncertain more than a month later. Here, with help from United Methodist News Service articles, as well as resources offered by the general church on UMC.org, the Advocate explores what did happen, what has happened since and what’s coming next. Compiled by Jessica Brodie.

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What happened at General Conference? From constitutionality questions to ineligible voters and more
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Annual Conference 2019: A Future with Hope

By Jessica Brodie. South Carolina United Methodists are gearing up for this summer’s Annual Conference—finalizing plans, embracing new mission initiatives, preparing for delegate voting and finessing legislation.

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Annual Conference 2019: A Future with Hope
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Native American pilgrimage designed to showcase unknown contributions, plight

By Jessica Brodie. It might be 2019, but many people in South Carolina still don’t understand what Native Americans have contributed to this state and this nation—or the turmoil they’ve been through. That is why Native American United Methodists and the Advocacy Committee of Conference Connectional Ministries are hosting a Native American Pilgrimage this spring in Rock Hill.

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Native American pilgrimage designed to showcase unknown contributions, plight
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

No Health Without Mental Health: Anderson District offers conference

By Jessica Brodie. As mental illness, substance use disorders and suicide numbers climb, some churches in South Carolina are stepping up to learn how they can help address the problem. On March 30, Bethesda United Methodist Church, Easley, will host a daylong mental health conference to dialogue about how the church can play a big role in helping people.

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No Health Without Mental Health: Anderson District offers conference
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

ERTs respond after EF-1 tornado hits Columbia

South Carolina United Methodist Volunteers in Mission’s Early Response Team responded in the aftermath of an EF-1 tornado that hit a neighborhood on Saluda River Road in March. Billy Robinson has the story.

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ERTs respond after EF-1 tornado hits Columbia
News March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

Chicken, lima beans and love: Langley UMC feeds veterans

The buses pull up, and they disembark. First, the able-bodied—those who can manage to step down and place their feet firmly on the asphalt of the parking lot—then the disabled, those who need a wheelchair or a walker or a ramp. All of them soldiers, men and women who served and sacrificed, all of them victims of the aftermath of war. By the Rev. Darlene Kelley.

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Chicken, lima beans and love: Langley UMC feeds veterans
Editor's Views March 26, 2019 posted by Jessica Brodie

God is on the move in South Carolina

In the aftermath of General Conference, Editor Jessica Brodie reflects on how no matter what we sinful and imperfect human beings get wrong, God is on the move in spite of and perhaps because of us, shining through us in big ways and small.

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God is on the move in South Carolina

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