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NEWS FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE

Pastor transition retreats scheduled throughout May

Pastors anticipating a new appointment at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference are strongly encouraged to attend one of four...

Check out our new Safe Sanctuaries page, with updated forms & policies

The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church has created a new online resource to help local churches and other ministries...

Youth ministry veteran Duffy Robbins to keynote “Not My Kingdom” conference

Youth ministry veteran Duffy Robbins will be the keynote speaker at the Not My Kingdom Conference, a one-day youth worker training event...

Black Clergy Retreat promises “fearless dialogue”

Registration is open for the 2019 Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat – “Navigating the Changing Landscape: A Fearless Dialogue” –...

Deadline is Thursday (April 18) to register for Spring Clergy Orders

The Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath – author and former dean of the Duke Divinity School – will be the presenter at the Spring 2019 Clergy Orders...

Post-GC2019 conversation to continue at conference, district events

Conversations about the outcome of the 2019 General Conference are taking place in various ways in and around local churches across the...

Rev. Walker to join conference team of congregational specialists

Rev. Walker The Rev. Suzanne Walker, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bishopville, will be appointed at the 2019 South...

Bishop Holston’s statement on alleged voting irregularities at the 2019 General Conference

Bishop Holston Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, released this...

“Engaging Your Community” training set for April 13

Churches across our denomination are beginning to rethink how we “do church.” In particular, that question prompts us to consider how and why it is important to engage our community. We are beginning to realize it is not enough to focus all of our attention inward but...

Black Clergy Retreat promises “fearless dialogue”

Registration is open for the 2019 Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat – “Navigating the Changing Landscape: A Fearless Dialogue” – set for May 20-24 at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. The retreat is an opportunity to get away to a quiet place to be renewed,...

Deadline is Thursday (April 18) to register for Spring Clergy Orders

The Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath – author and former dean of the Duke Divinity School – will be the presenter at the Spring 2019 Clergy Orders Gathering of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church on April 25 at Chapin UMC. Rev. Dr. Heath The gathering –...

Rev. Walker to join conference team of congregational specialists

Rev. Walker The Rev. Suzanne Walker, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bishopville, will be appointed at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference to serve as the congregational specialist for the Charleston and Walterboro districts starting July 1. Rev....

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Rev. Walker to join conference team of congregational specialists

Rev. Walker The Rev. Suzanne Walker, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bishopville, will be appointed at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference to serve as the congregational specialist for the Charleston and Walterboro districts starting July 1. Rev....

How to help families evacuated from Allen Benedict Court

More than 400 people have been evacuated from their homes at Allen Benedict Court – and you can help by donating items to make "love boxes" for the residents. Two men died of carbon monoxide poisoning in separate apartments at the Columbia public housing complex last...

Pastor transition retreats scheduled throughout May

Pastors anticipating a new appointment at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference are strongly encouraged to attend one of four transition retreats scheduled in May across the conference. The retreats – "Letting Go & Taking Hold" – also are designed to help...

Bishop Holston appoints new district superintendent

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, has appointed the Rev. James Dickerson Dennis Jr. as superintendent of the Greenville District. Rev. Dennis Rev. Dennis, senior pastor of Grace United...

Reaching New People Workshop

Churches are invited to assemble a leadership team of at least 5 church leaders, including the pastor, and plan to attend the Reaching New People workshop scheduled for February 2-3, 2018, at Grace UMC, 639 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta. Paul Nickerson, Nickerson...

Rev. Walker to join conference team of congregational specialists

Rev. Walker The Rev. Suzanne Walker, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bishopville, will be appointed at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference to serve as the congregational specialist for the Charleston and Walterboro districts starting July 1. Rev....

UMCSC hiring to gear up for Hurricane Florence recovery work

The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is hiring for several Disaster Recovery positions as the conference's response to Hurricane Florence ramps up. The goal of UMCSC Disaster Recovery is to accompany communities in need over the long haul...

Pastor transition retreats scheduled throughout May

Pastors anticipating a new appointment at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference are strongly encouraged to attend one of four transition retreats scheduled in May across the conference. The retreats – "Letting Go & Taking Hold" – also are designed to help...

2019 Native American Pilgrimage to center on history, culture, healing

The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church will host a two-day Native American Pilgrimage in May centered on Native history and designed to bring healing and promote cultural inclusion and understanding. Organizers of the May 17-18 pilgrimage – the...

Pastor transition retreats scheduled throughout May

Pastors anticipating a new appointment at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference are strongly encouraged to attend one of four transition retreats scheduled in May across the conference. The retreats – "Letting Go & Taking Hold" – also are designed to help...

Rev. Walker to join conference team of congregational specialists

Rev. Walker The Rev. Suzanne Walker, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bishopville, will be appointed at the 2019 South Carolina Annual Conference to serve as the congregational specialist for the Charleston and Walterboro districts starting July 1. Rev....

NEWS FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA UNITED METHODIST ADVOCATE

  • ‘God has it’: Rural Mission on pause while new plan unfolds
    by Jessica Brodie on March 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    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. […]

  • What happened at General Conference? From constitutionality questions to ineligible voters and more
    by Jessica Brodie on March 26, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    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. […]

  • Annual Conference 2019: A Future with Hope
    by Jessica Brodie on March 26, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    By Jessica Brodie. South Carolina United Methodists are gearing up for this summer’s Annual Conference—finalizing plans, embracing new mission initiatives, preparing for delegate voting and finessing legislation. […]