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News September 25, 2019

Protecting the flock: Active shooters seminar helps churches prepare

By Jessica Brodie. In an active shooter situation, churches can’t wait five to seven minutes for first responders to arrive. Church members are the true first responders and need to be actively engaged in protecting their own lives. That was the gist behind a church security seminar by SMCI attended by a host of United Methodist pastors and church leaders, as well as leaders from other denominations across the state.

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Protecting the flock: Active shooters seminar helps churches prepare
Guy Beveridge speaks on how to prepare. Photo by Matt Brodie.
News September 25, 2019

Fresh Expressions: S.C. launches effort to bring church to unchurched

By Jessica Brodie. Roughly 70 percent of people in South Carolina do not go to church, and that’s not OK for a group of United Methodists who are hoping to do something to change that number for the better. They are hoping a one-day event, “Fresh Expressions,” will be a step in the right direction. On Oct. 5, the Orangeburg District of the South Carolina Conference is hosting a daylong gathering to help churches reimagine what it looks like to do church. While the district is sponsoring it, the event is open to all people throughout the state.

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Fresh Expressions: S.C. launches effort to bring church to unchurched
Fresh Expressions will explore new ways of doing church.
Nelson tapped as delegation’s episcopal nominee
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Nelson tapped as delegation’s episcopal nominee

By Jessica Brodie. The Rev. Ken Nelson has been tapped as South Carolina’s episcopal nominee by the South Carolina delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional conferences. Nelson will be among those considered for the role of bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction’s 15 annual conferences when the next Jurisdictional Conference is held beginning July 15, 2020. At least five episcopal openings are expected as bishops currently serving in conferences shift into retirement.
Stop the madness
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Stop the madness

This month, October, is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And sadly, South Carolina ranks fifth in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men. Your silence and your inaction could be deadly. Together, we can do something to help.

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