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News May 31, 2019 posted by

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

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

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
Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications
News May 28, 2019 posted by

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
Photo by Jessica Brodie
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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
Photos by Ashley Goverman
News April 30, 2019 posted by

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
Photo by Matt Brodie of South Carolina and other delegates deliberate during GC2019, held Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis.
News April 30, 2019 posted by

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
Photo by Matt Brodie
News April 30, 2019 posted by

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
Photo by Nicole Kulick
News April 30, 2019 posted by

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
Heath addresses pastors at the Clergy Orders gathering on post-General Conference trauma leadership. Photo by Jessica Brodie.
News April 30, 2019 posted by

‘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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S.C. Reconciling group pens Open Letter of Repentance in aftermath of GC2019

In an effort to seek forgiveness for and show love after the actions taken at the called special session of General Conference held in St. Louis in February, more than 600 clergy and laity of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church signed an Open Letter of Repentance recently. By Jessica Brodie.

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S.C. Reconciling group pens Open Letter of Repentance in aftermath of GC2019
The RMSC group gathers at their annual breakfast during Annual Conference.
News April 30, 2019 posted by

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

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.

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