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News April 30, 2019 posted by

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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News March 26, 2019 posted by

‘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
Photo by Jessica Brodie. Linda Gadson, director of the now “on pause” Rural Mission, leads the mission’s prayer warriors in prayer.
News March 26, 2019 posted by

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
Photo by Matt Brodie
News March 26, 2019 posted by

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
Photo by Matt Brodie
News March 26, 2019 posted by

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
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
News March 26, 2019 posted by

A passion for global health: UMCSC pastor speaks to congressional reps on funding needs

By Jessica Brodie. A passion for global health took a United Methodist pastor from South Carolina, Rev. Beverly CroweTipton, to the nation’s capitol recently, where she joined other faith leaders as they spoke to congressional representatives about funding concerns.

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A passion for global health: UMCSC pastor speaks to congressional reps on funding needs
The Rev. Beverly CroweTipton and other health advocates speak with Rep. Jeff Duncan.
News March 26, 2019 posted by

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
News March 1, 2019 posted by

Women with a purpose: 150 years of United Methodist Women

From its nascent beginnings from eight women gathered in a cozy church room to what it is today—a mission organization comprising 800,000 members around the world—United Methodist Women are celebrating 150 years strong this month. Jessica Brodie has the story.

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Women with a purpose: 150 years of United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women from South Carolina have some fun during Leadership Development Days in Tempe, Arizona, earlier this winter.
News March 1, 2019 posted by

GC2019 passes Traditional Plan, maintains ‘incompatible’ language

Culminating a day of tears, frustration, peaceful protests and impassioned debate, General Conference delegates have passed an amended Traditional Plan for the denomination. The Traditional Plan affirms the current language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, which states, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” (Para. 304.3). Jessica Brodie has the story for the Advocate.

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GC2019 passes Traditional Plan, maintains ‘incompatible’ language
Delegates comfort one another after an impassioned speech. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News March 1, 2019 posted by

Church sows seeds of love producing food for those in need

One pastor has taken up the call to feed the hungry through missions. The Rev. Darrell McNeill, of Spartanburg Urban Mission, has been involved with feeding programs since 2015. Now, thanks to a significant grant from the South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development, they are partnering with Foodshare. Laura Camby McCaskill has the story.

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Church sows seeds of love producing food for those in need
Tonja Smith (left), executive director of Spartanburg Urban Mission CDC, with Ms. Wanda, a Foodshare customer. 
News March 1, 2019 posted by

UMW Legislative Day lifts up importance of helping children know their worth

Forget “simply trying to survive.” It’s time to help children know their worth—that they are loved by God, loved by us, and important enough to raise our voices loud enough to help. That was the message brought by the Rev. John Holler, president of Epworth Children’s Home, who brought a keynote message for hundreds of South Carolina women gathered Feb. 12 for the annual United Methodist Women Legislative Advocacy Day. Jessica Brodie has the story.

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UMW Legislative Day lifts up importance of helping children know their worth
Photo by Jessica Brodie

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