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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
News February 26, 2019 posted by

Day 4 Update: Judicial Council rules constitutional seven key aspects of Traditional Plan, other portions unconstitutional

In addition to those ruled constitutional this morning, the UMC top court ruled nine petitions unconstitutional: six other aspects of the Traditional Plan (on Episcopal Accountability, Composition of Board of Ordained Ministry and Full Examination), plus the second sentence in another Traditional Plan petition and both disaffiliation plans.

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Day 4 Update: Judicial Council rules constitutional seven key aspects of Traditional Plan, other portions unconstitutional
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS
News February 26, 2019 posted by

S.C. delegates gear up for final day of General Conference 2019 today

Delegates finished their legislative committee session yesterday, passing the Traditional Plan and two disaffiliation plans but rejecting the others, including the One Church and Simple plans. Today, GC2019 will reconvene as a plenary session, and it will hear from the Judicial Council as to the constitutionality of the plans, as well as take action—or not. While the Traditional Plan and two disaffiliation plans will carry forward in the plenary, it doesn’t mean there is no possibility for the One Church Plan or any other plans to resurface. Jessica Brodie has the ongoing coverage for the Advocate, here.

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S.C. delegates gear up for final day of General Conference 2019 today
Today, GC2019 will reconvene as a plenary session and take action—or not. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News February 24, 2019 posted by

Day 2 of GC2019 sets priorities, begins ‘perfecting’ legislation

After a Day 2 that tackled much more work than many expected, General Conference delegates will begin Day 3 perfecting the first of the way forward plans, the Traditional Plan, before moving on to the rest. Jessica Brodie has the story here.

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Day 2 of GC2019 sets priorities, begins ‘perfecting’ legislation
GC2019 delegates voted on their legislative priorities and elected officers of the legislative committee on the afternoon of Day 2. Photo by Matt Brodie.

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