Bishop Holston’s statement on racist message at USC

A statement from Bishop L. Jonathan Holston: The posting of a racist message Tuesday at the University of South Carolina shows we have a long way to go to fulfill God’s mandate to love our neighbors. The use of hate speech and racial slurs has gained renewed acceptance in today’s world, and the ubiquity of …

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UMC offers resource to battle hate, division

The General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church condemns in the strongest terms the racist rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump. His actions remind us that the work of disrupting and dismantling personal and systemic racism is desperately needed in the world today. The hurt and outrage being felt all over …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on Trump’s immigrant remarks

A statement from Bishop L. Jonathan Holston: Before an earthquake shook the lives of more than 3 million people in Haiti in 2010, United Methodists were already on the ground of the impoverished Caribbean nation, working to improve living conditions for a population long beset by poverty. After the earthquake, United Methodist Volunteers In Mission …

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Mediation skills training for church leaders

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is offering an interdenominational training opportunity – the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders – March 12-16, 2018, at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church in Columbia. The training is intended to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational and other forms of group conflict. …

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Survey: Your missional input needed for 2018 Annual Conference

The Lay Leadership Executive Team of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is working now to ensure that the 2018 Annual Conference missions event is productive and inspirational. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to help us make this an Annual Conference to remember for the mission ideas that …

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Where are my ID cards for new dental, vision coverage?

With the new year came new benefits for active clergy and employees of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. That includes a new dental plan through Cigna and vision coverage via VSP (Vision Service Plan). While Blue Cross Blue Shield mails ID cards to plan participants, Cigna and VSP do not. Here’s …

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S.C. United Methodists help promote “True Meaning of Christmas”

Volunteers from a dozen South Carolina United Methodist churches took time this week to reach out to their communities with hot cocoa, sweet tea and an invitation to learn more about what Christmas really means. Joining ambassadors from United Methodist Communications on the “True Meaning of Christmas Tour,” the volunteers gave out free drinks and …

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Seminar at Methodist Oaks to explore “Longevity Revolution”

Most congregations today are blessed with having many older members. A church filled with older adults is not necessarily dying. Nor does it mean that ministry cannot happen in that setting. Older adults present faith communities with a variety of challenges, but they also bring tremendous resources that should not be ignored. In many situations, …

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2018 Granville Hicks Leadership Academy set for Feb. 1-2

  Registration is now open for the 2018 Granville Hicks Leadership Academy for Laity and Clergy, scheduled for Feb. 1-2 at Claflin University in Orangeburg. The theme of the 2018 academy is “How Congregations Can Reach the New Generation.” The Granville Hicks Leadership Academy honors the Rev. Dr. Granville A. Hicks, a distinguished 1957 Claflin graduate recognized …

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S.C. Bishops’ Annual Prayer Service a ‘call to action’ on public education

The 2018 Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ Annual Prayer Service – “An Invitation to Prayer and Action in Support of Public Education” – will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 23, 2018, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in downtown Columbia. The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops is a special ecumenical relationship among churches led by …

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