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Bishop's Corner March 26, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

One shining moment

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. The question of what teams are in or out, who will be the bracket buster or who is in the field of sixty-eight all describe the NCAA basketball post-season called March Madness.  The culmination of this event is the crowning of a champion and its anticipated anthem of college basketball: One Shining Moment. 

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News February 26, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Vacation from the pain

By Jessica Connor. The Norman family, from Lynchburg, Va., knows what it’s like to experience pain. Since their son Nathan was 2, he has been battling one type of cancer after another, three different rounds of chemotherapy, three different drugs: first brain cancer, then a spinal cord tumor, and after a short reprieve, they recently discovered one of the tumors is growing again.

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News February 26, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Justice for our neighbors

By Jessica Connor. As immigration reform continues in its heated position at the center of many a political debate, United Methodist Women in South Carolina gathered Feb. 19 for what they do best: Advocate for what Jesus wants.

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News February 25, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Pension—to provide or not to provide?

By Jessica Connor. Should the S.C. Annual Conference provide pension for part-time pastors—and if so, at what level? That question will come before more than 2,000 United Methodist clergy and laity June 9-12 when they gather at the Florence Civic Center for the conference’s yearly meeting.

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News February 25, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

S.C. Hunger Project

By Jessica Connor. The S.C. Conference is calling on every United Methodist in the state to do his or her part to fight hunger. It’s all happening June 11 in a one-day meal packing/food drive event during Annual Conference in Florence.

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Bishop's Corner February 25, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Giving God room to work

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Dr. Fred Craddock, a former homiletics professor at the Candler School of Theology, shares a remarkable story about seeing a violin on the steps of Cannon Chapel at Emory University.

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News January 29, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

87%: S.C. UMCs achieve best apportionments in a decade

By Jessica Connor. South Carolina United Methodist programs and agencies have more money for ministry thanks to a year-end push in apportionment giving that saw the best numbers since 2003. S.C. United Methodist churches paid 87.02 percent of apportionments for 2012 —almost 3 percent higher than the 84.2 percent they paid in 2011.

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News January 29, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Church, Locks of Love help girl with alopecia

By Jessica Connor. For Tatum Brewer, 10, having alopecia isn’t so bad. Except when it’s July, and all the kids are asking why you’re wearing a hat on the sweltering indoor playground. Except when it’s a sleepover, and all the girls are French braiding their hair and tying satin bows.

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News January 29, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

How can districts be more effective?

By Jessica Connor. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. So how can the S.C. Conference s 12 districts be most effective in helping congregations do that?

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News January 29, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

UM print shop to close

By Jessica Connor. After more than a year doing everything possible to turn itself around, the S.C. Conference’s Print Media Center will be closing its doors.

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Editor's Views January 29, 2013 posted by Jessica Brodie

Now what?

By Jessica Connor. While job security and the overall financial health of the nation seem to be on the upswing, I don’t think anyone expected the S.C. Conference to see its best year in apportionments giving since 2003. After all, the recession nearly crippled many in this state, and economy experts are calling this year’s Christmas shopping season the worst since 2008. Most people expected something on par with last year, if we were lucky.

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