Churches wrap up discernment process, move toward next steps

Several dozen United Methodist churches in South Carolina are completing the Local Church Discernment Process as this edition of the Advocate goes to press. By Jessica Brodie.

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Revolution returns

More than 1,000 youth made the Township Auditorium in Columbia “GLOW” for Revolution 2023 Jan. 27-29—the first full-weekend gathering of teen disciples since before the COVID-19 pandemic made such large gatherings unsafe.

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The world is watching

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” An editorial by Jessica Brodie.


They that dare

Our senses connect us with our surroundings. Through our senses, we experience what the world offers. And yet, we do not all experience the world identically. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.


A deeper connection

I am convinced the connection will remain strong regardless of the words “United Methodist” because our connection is rooted in Christ. Whatever those churches discerning disaffiliation decide, we’re all still part of the same Christian family. By Jessica Brodie.

The Advocate Press Resources & Books

Prayer Changes Us

Many of us are accustomed to hearing how prayer changes God’s mind or life’s circumstances. But what about how prayer changes us? The Rev. Dr. Ted Goshorn teaches how we can learn to better understand the heart of God through deep, focused, habitual prayer that changes us.

The Sacred Year

The Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace explores how the Christian liturgical calendar can be another way for us to keep time—sacred time. Combining the major seasons of the liturgical year with contemplative practices that connect to that season, Lyn invites you to discover a new way to look at time that helps you live with deeper intention and connection.

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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