Clarifying proposed 2018 health care costs

In an effort to be as transparent as possible, the S.C. Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits reported the conference’s proposed group health costs for 2018 somewhat differently in pre-conference materials distributed to delegates to the Annual Conference Meeting scheduled for June in Greenville. Some confusion has arisen because of this change from how …

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Protecting houses of worship against arson

Federal authorities are going all out to educate churches and other houses of worship about the threat of arson they face. As part of that effort, the U.S. Fire Administration, a branch of FEMA, has designated May 7-13 as Arson Awareness Week, with a deliberate focus this year on church arson. “Arson against houses of …

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Bishop Holston’s statement regarding Judicial Council decision

Many of you have been waiting to learn how the Judicial Council would rule on the request by the South Central Jurisdiction for a declaratory decision regarding the consecration last July of Karen Oliveto, an openly gay, married bishop in the Western Jurisdiction. On Tuesday, April 25, the Judicial Council held a public hearing on …

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Council of Bishops president’s statement regarding Judicial Council decision

TO:  All United Methodists FROM:  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President, Council of Bishops RE:  Judicial Council Decision Grace to you and peace from God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, the Judicial Council released its decision on a request for a declaratory decision from the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) in response to the Western …

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Consecration of gay bishop against UM church law

By Linda Bloom United Methodist News Service The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled. However, the bishop “remains in good standing,” the Judicial Council said in Decision 1341, until an administrative or judicial process is completed. “Under the long-standing principle of legality, no …

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Pre-conference training continues Sunday, May 7

Pre-conference training for the 2017 Annual Conference Meeting of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church continues this Sunday, May 7. Sessions are scheduled for: May 7 in the Charleston, Orangeburg, Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Walterboro districts. May 21 in the Anderson, Florence, Greenville and Hartsville districts. Click here for the full schedule, including …

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May Advocate online now

The May edition of the Advocate is now online at advocatesc.org, with features on flood and hurricane assistance, articles on resolutions and the church’s response to domestic violence, and much more.  

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Bishop Holston: Q&A in advance of Judicial Council meeting

Brothers and Sisters, In advance of next week’s meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church, I ask you to join me in praying for the members of the Judicial Council. I encourage you to become familiar with how the Judicial Council works, what it can and cannot do, and what effect its …

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2017 Salkehatchie registration now open

Registration for Salkehatchie Summer Service 2017 is now open, with nearly 50 camps to choose from around the state. Salkehatchie is a pioneering servant ministry at selected sites in South Carolina involving high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures in upgrading housing, motivating community cooperative efforts by helping …

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United Methodist Men to gather for ‘Discipleship: The Contact Sport’

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be among the keynote speakers at the 12th National Gathering of United Methodist Men July 7-8 in Indianapolis. One thousand men are expected to come together for worship, workshops, service projects and fellowship at St. Luke’s United Methodist …

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