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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
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
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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
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‘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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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
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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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Editor's Views April 30, 2019 posted by

Such hope

Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie on a recent mentoring experience that reminded her beyond a shadow of a doubt what our church is meant to do on behalf of our savior, Jesus—not argue with fellow believers about sexuality or other issues, but instead to powerfully and earnestly make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Such hope
Bishop's Corner April 30, 2019 posted by

A time to gather

Bishop Jonathan Holston on his expectations that the 2019 Annual Conference will be “a glorious time of celebration where the graciousness of God and the generosity of God’s people called United Methodist will be experienced in excellent ways.”

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A time to gather
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
News March 26, 2019 posted by

What happened at General Conference? From constitutionality questions to ineligible voters and more

The called special session of General Conference might be over, but much of what happened is still uncertain more than a month later. Here, with help from United Methodist News Service articles, as well as resources offered by the general church on UMC.org, the Advocate explores what did happen, what has happened since and what’s coming next. Compiled by Jessica Brodie.

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What happened at General Conference? From constitutionality questions to ineligible voters and more
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Native American pilgrimage designed to showcase unknown contributions, plight

By Jessica Brodie. It might be 2019, but many people in South Carolina still don’t understand what Native Americans have contributed to this state and this nation—or the turmoil they’ve been through. That is why Native American United Methodists and the Advocacy Committee of Conference Connectional Ministries are hosting a Native American Pilgrimage this spring in Rock Hill.

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Native American pilgrimage designed to showcase unknown contributions, plight

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