Posts by Category: Editor’s Views

Columns by the editor of the Advocate, Jessica Brodie

Editor's Views February 24, 2016 posted by

Racial awakening: your stories wanted

By Jessica Brodie. I’m deeply excited to share with you a bold new effort the Advocate is unfurling thanks to the vision of an anonymous donor and the passion this newspaper has for racial awareness and reconciliation: the South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening Project.

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Racial awakening: your stories wanted
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Editor's Views January 28, 2016 posted by

People of the story

By Jessica Brodie. Storyteller. After five days in Portland, Oregon, site of the upcoming 2016 General Conference, where I sat elbow-to-elbow with fellow United Methodist communicators learning about how better to do our work for God’s Kingdom, that’s the word I keep coming back to…

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People of the story
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Editor's Views December 29, 2015 posted by

Let God’s call be the strongest voice

By Jessica Brodie. God’s call is a tremendous influence on our lives. His call led Moses into the wilderness, led Jonah from the belly of a whale back to Nineveh, led three magi—after seeing the baby Jesus—to go home by another route and not to report back to King Herod.

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Let God’s call be the strongest voice
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Editor's Views November 28, 2015 posted by

Christ Jesus, we need you

By Jessica Brodie, Advocate editor. We go to press on the December paper just before Thanksgiving and the start of Advent—a time when we’re supposed to be having thoughts of peace and gratitude, love and kindness. Instead, on Facebook and in news headlines, we’re bombarded with stories of terrorist attacks in Paris and in Mali. Talk has turned to how we can stand strong against the threat of ISIS and whether or not we should let Syrian refugees into our nation. It’s hard sometimes to cultivate so-called Christmas cheer and the quiet peace of Advent when all around us is the clamor of negativity, worry and, sadly, hate.

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Christ Jesus, we need you
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Editor's Views October 26, 2015 posted by

Strength to go on—in Christ

By Jessica Brodie. Somehow, life goes on. I find myself this week, as we prepare to go to press on the Advocate, shopping for Halloween costumes for our four kids and decorations for our church’s Trunk or Treat, wondering which side of the family to visit for Thanksgiving, scheduling doctor visits and oil changes and weekend chores and all the other trappings of my first-world life.

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Strength to go on—in Christ
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Editor's Views September 24, 2015 posted by

Hispanic/Latino neighbors vital to UMC

By Jessica Brodie. There’s little I love more than looking around during worship and seeing diversity. I love it all—different accents, different shades of skin, different ages, different genders, different styles of clothing. It energizes me in a way I can hardly describe.

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Hispanic/Latino neighbors vital to UMC
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Editor's Views August 24, 2015 posted by

The power of an apology

By Jessica Brodie. I’ve been reading a lot in secular media about how we—particularly women—need to stop apologizing for everything. Apparently, our inherent gut reaction to murmur “I’m sorry” when things go awry sends the wrong message to people.

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The power of an apology
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Editor's Views July 27, 2015 posted by

A commandment to care

By Jessica Brodie. Since our last edition, it’s been a whirlwind for people of faith in South Carolina, from the shooting of nine people during Bible study at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, to sweeping landmark Supreme Court cases legalizing gay marriage and upholding the Affordable Care Act, to the removal of a painful symbol of racism (or Southern pride) from the South Carolina State House grounds.

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A commandment to care
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Editor's Views June 15, 2015 posted by

A way to help all our children

By Jessica Brodie. Every 60 seconds, a child dies of malaria. In the time it takes you to read this editorial, a small, precious, vulnerable child, who Jesus Christ himself charged us to protect, will die from a disease that is preventable, treatable and beatable—if only there were enough money and resources.

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A way to help all our children
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Editor's Views May 26, 2015 posted by

Not my will, but thine

By Jessica Brodie. News broke as we prepared to go to press on the Advocate this month that an economist has a grave warning for The United Methodist Church: the denomination is in crisis, and if we don’t turn things around soon, we’re in big trouble.

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Not my will, but thine
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Editor's Views April 27, 2015 posted by

Once (color) blind, now I see the light

By Jessica Brodie. Growing up, race wasn’t a big deal to me. Maybe it was growing up in Miami—where the swirl of Spanish mingled with the tropical breeze, where your bare arms on the beach were just a shade darker or lighter than your friends’, and no one could tell who was Latina or white or “mixed” or what—but it seemed like no one cared about race in the least. But now…

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Once (color) blind, now I see the light
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Editor's Views March 25, 2015 posted by

Passion

By Jessica Brodie. There I was, at the United Methodist Men’s spiritual retreat, surrounded by literally hundreds of men who were committing themselves to Christ, some for the very first time. I saw grown men with tears running down their cheeks, grown men laying on the floor or with their heads in their hands, ashamed that it had taken them this long to make that leap, excited about what was ahead of them. And it blew my mind.

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Passion
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Editor's Views February 20, 2015 posted by

Big plans

By Jessica Brodie. My husband once told me he had big plans for me. He told me this when we were first dating, and his words naturally made my heart go pitter-patter and I began to dream of all sorts of wonderful future romantic what-ifs. God also has big plans for us, as he says in Jeremiah 29:11…

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Big plans
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Editor's Views December 22, 2014 posted by

A New Year of peace, tolerance

By Jessica Brodie. As I write this column, so many are in anguish across the nation and the world—about the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, and the still-fresh scars of long-seated racism and prejudice the shooting elicited. About the 132 schoolchildren the Pakistani Taliban shot and set ablaze, citing religious and political motivation. About the scores of Christian martyrs, adults and children alike, beheaded by ISIS in the Mideast. About the hatred, intolerance and rampant bullying of gays and lesbians.

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A New Year of peace, tolerance
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Editor's Views November 24, 2014 posted by

Blessings

By Jessica Brodie. Most every morning I drink my coffee from a cup that reminds me that if I count my blessings, one by one, it will surprise me what the Lord has done.

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Blessings
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Editor's Views October 27, 2014 posted by

Not ‘nobody’

By Jessica Connor. What would happen if we all just took a minute and smiled at everybody we encountered? If we didn’t simply rush on by but paused to acknowledge the humanity, the Spirit, within each of us?

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Not ‘nobody’
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Editor's Views August 26, 2014 posted by

Look past the surface

By Jessica Connor. As humans, we put all sorts of social constraints on our ourselves. Beyond race, ethnicity or creed, we like to further divide ourselves: Are we “Southern,” “Northern” or “Midwestern?” “Liberal” or “conservative?”

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Look past the surface
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Editor's Views July 28, 2014 posted by

Welcome to America?

By Jessica Connor. More than 50,000 undocumented children intercepted by U.S. immigration officials just in the past year. More than that, perhaps, crossing into this nation and into the system, sometimes documented, sometimes undocumented. All searching for a better life, far from the starvation, the terror, the cycle of poverty.

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Welcome to America?
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