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News August 24, 2015 posted by

Quilting with purpose

By Porsche Barton. COLUMBIA—Six women sit around small work tables covered with colorful squares of fabric and sewing materials in the quilting room at Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church, working patiently with the teens beside them. The quilters—known as Fran’s Quilters—work steadily, cutting materials, creating borders and sewing together squares of fabric for the backings of the quilts they’ve been working on for the past month.

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Quilting with purpose
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
Bishop's Corner August 24, 2015 posted by

Two words

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. It has been said that “when spoken together at just the right moment, there are two words that have amazing life-changing power.” These two words possess the capacity to breathe into us new life, to lift burdens and calm fears as well as to inspire hope.”

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Two words
News July 27, 2015 posted by

Imagine No Malaria: S.C. to raise $1M to save lives

By Jessica Brodie. Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that is entirely curable and preventable with the right resources. Now, South Carolina is stepping up to help these children in a mighty way, with Bishop Jonathan Holston committing the conference to raising $1 million over the next year for The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria initiative.

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Imagine No Malaria: S.C. to raise $1M to save lives
News July 27, 2015 posted by

Hands in prayer, not fists

By Jessica Brodie. Wave after wave, South Carolina has weathered an ocean of grief, racial turmoil and strife over the past month. But now, as the waters settle and life returns to a relative normal, United Methodist leaders are praising God for the spirit of Christian unity and love that kept this state with hands clasped in prayer instead of clenched in fists.

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Hands in prayer, not fists
News July 27, 2015 posted by

United Methodist clergy couples navigate balance between church, home

By Porsche Barton. Pastors shoulder a vast amount of responsibilities in leading a church, from preaching the word of God to counseling and handling the overall administration and oversight of a congregation. Some rely on help from a husband or wife who can handle the demands of a household or the role of “pastor’s spouse” in church life. But for single pastors or clergy couples, there is often no one to take the reins in these areas.

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United Methodist clergy couples navigate balance between church, home
News July 27, 2015 posted by

Advent buys second ‘bridge home’ for homeless family in Upstate

By Jessica Brodie. Another homeless family will soon be able to move into a “bridge home” through the generosity of one United Methodist congregation. Thanks to a Christmas Miracle Mission at their church, Advent United Methodist Church, Simpsonville, closed July 24 on a second transitional bridge home, purchased with Homes of Hope and in partnership with GAIHN, the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network.

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Advent buys second ‘bridge home’ for homeless family in Upstate
News July 27, 2015 posted by

Feeding hungry kids, one bologna sandwich at a time

By Jessica Brodie. Every Wednesday morning, the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church becomes a sandwich-making assembly line. On one end of the long line of folding tables, you’ve got the bread stackers. Next up are the mayonnaise-spreaders, followed by the bologna ladies and then the cheese-placers….

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Feeding hungry kids, one bologna sandwich at a time
News July 27, 2015 posted by

UM pastor arrested on sex charges involving child

By Jessica Brodie. A United Methodist pastor has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual misconduct with a child. The Rev. Walter C. Ballenger III, former pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Columbia, has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child.

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UM pastor arrested on sex charges involving child
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
News June 15, 2015 posted by

AC2015 Recap: Becoming Disciples God Can Use

By Jessica Brodie. Imploring the risen God to transform our hard hearts into hearts of love and caring, no matter our trials, Bishop Jonathan Holston preached the opening worship service of Annual Conference, kicking off five days of celebration, fellowship and holy conferencing.

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AC2015 Recap: Becoming Disciples God Can Use
News June 15, 2015 posted by

Conference approves anti-bullying resolution

By Jessica Brodie. Annual Conference approved a resolution to oppose bullying in all its forms and to create a safe space for all children of God regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, culture, citizenship, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation and physical or mental ability.

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Conference approves anti-bullying resolution

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