NEWS FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE
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...
The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church has created a new online resource to help local churches and other ministries stay current on their Safe Sanctuaries policies and procedures. The new webpage – umcsc.org/safe-sanctuaries – features updated...
Youth ministry veteran Duffy Robbins will be the keynote speaker at the Not My Kingdom Conference, a one-day youth worker training event set for April 27 at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington. The conference is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Check-in and...
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...
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,...
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 –...
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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. […]