Built for God’s purpose: Third virtual Annual Conference wraps

By the day’s end, the body had approved a $15.6 million budget for 2023, closed five churches and merged three others into one, endorsed Conference Secretary the Rev. Ken Nelson as the conference’s episcopal nominee and approved a 6 percent cost-of-living increase for pastors. By Jessica Brodie.

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AC2022 memorial service celebrates 53 departed saints

Dr. Robin Dease Dease brought a word on costly and sometimes painful sacrifice to the intimate in-person crowd of family and other loved ones gathered at Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, to honor the ministers, retired ministers, clergy spouses and others who passed away since last year’s Annual Conference.

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Compared to what the first Christians experienced, the sacrifices we pay today are pale, but they are sacrifices nonetheless. They hurt, and they even hurt others. They require choices. Tough decisions. By Jessica Brodie.


Care, not just ‘dominion’

Being stewards mean sometimes being uncomfortable so nature can win. It might mean paying more money or shelling out more tax dollars or even passing expensive legislation that prioritizes the land over reckless consumption. It means love and proper, respectful care, not just “dominion.” By Jessica Brodie.

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Betrayed With a Kiss

The story of how one S.C. United Methodist pastor, the Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass, found God and spiritual transformation out of the heartbreak and trauma of an abusive marriage and other mental anguish.

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