Posts by Category: Editor’s Views

Columns by the editor of the Advocate, Jessica Brodie

Editor's Views January 29, 2013 posted by

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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Editor's Views December 18, 2012 posted by

Let it shine

By Jessica Connor. January is the clean month, the time when I ceremoniously tear off the December page in my desk calendar and gaze down upon all the fresh blank spaces, just waiting for me to plug in meetings, events and occasions.

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Editor's Views November 20, 2012 posted by

Jesus’s birthday party

By Jessica Connor. Red-faced and sad, I have to confess: This morning I asked my 7-year-old son, “Do you remember why we celebrate Christmas?” and he responded, “Because it’s Santa Claus’s birthday.” With a crash, all my happy notions that I was doing right by him as a Christian parent crumbled to the ground, replaced with shock and disbelief.

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Editor's Views October 29, 2012 posted by

My election prayer

By Jessica Connor. Prayer is a powerful, powerful thing. We pray for safety, for health, for strength, for comfort. On prayer lists and church bulletins, in worship and in small groups, we pray for a friend diagnosed with cancer or an acquaintance recently widowed.

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Editor's Views August 28, 2012 posted by

From Martha to Mary

By Jessica Connor. I can be a Martha — so caught up in working and spinning my wheels that I lose sight of the big picture. I value Mary’s style: relationships, contemplative learning, being in the moment. But all too often, my anxiety or my workaholism takes over, and I spend way too much time doing instead of being. My recent mission trip to Zimbabwe made me realize my deep need for a lot more Mary  in my life and a lot less Martha. 

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Editor's Views June 18, 2012 posted by

Feeling the love

By Jessica Connor. There I was, standing in the Pee Dee Room Sunday afternoon at Annual Conference, surrounded by a sea of Advocate supporters, all talking excitedly and sharing stories. It was the Advocate’s celebration reception, the afternoon when our board of trustees marked 175 years of newspaper ministry with an Advocate birthday party, complete with cake and plenty of friends. What a beautiful thing!

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Editor's Views April 26, 2012 posted by

The ‘united’ in United Methodist

By Jessica Connor. There I was, hairnet on, notebook in hand, all prepared to cover the Great Day of Service hunger packaging event in the Greenville District. Except I couldn’t really move. I stood there, mesmerized, looking around at the sea of faces. I watched kids younger than my young son being runners,  transporting plastic bags of rice, soy and dehydrated vegetables from the stuffing table to the weighing table, their heads high with pride and determination.

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Editor's Views March 26, 2012 posted by

Why should we care?

By Jessica Connor. A set-aside bishop. A General Council for Strategy and Oversight. Whether 13 agencies will morph into nine. Whether oversight of the church will rest in the hands of 600 or 45 or 150. Does any of this really impact me at the local church level?

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Editor's Views December 16, 2011 posted by

Season of change

By Jessica Connor. It’s been a busy year, one filled with wave upon wave of uplifting, inspirational tales of Christians being God’s hands in the world. We’ve seen our share of sad times, too—friends and loved ones lost, a longtime ministry closing its doors, daily challenges in our families, communities, our nation and our world.

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Editor's Views August 31, 2011 posted by

Love thy enemies

By Jessica Connor. I remember well where I was 10 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists launched a terrible, tragic attack on American soil. Living in South Florida at the time, I remember frantic calls to loved ones and huddling around a television set as we watched what we thought could be the end of the world.

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Editor's Views July 27, 2011 posted by

Servanthood at its best

By Jessica Connor. I sat there on the wet summer grass, cradling the 10-year-old girl on my lap as she roared in pain. “My arm! It hurts! Oh, it hurts!” she hollered, panting and shaking, before shivering her way into the fetal position as I tried my hardest to hold her right arm straight. All around me, concerned neighbors crouched, our eyes locking.

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