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Bishop calls for patience over questions about UMC, future

South Carolina Resident Bishop L. Jonathan Holston released a statement calling for patience amid a “cacophony of voices” that have been offering details and conversations about the future of The United Methodist Church—what will happen and when. By Jessica Brodie.

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A new direction after prison

Turn90 helps formerly incarcerated men start over with case management, cognitive behavioral classes, transitional work and job placement. By Jessica Brodie.

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UMC seminars teach first aid for mental health

Seeking a way to address a gap in mental health care and mitigate a steady decline in mental and emotional health, Wespath offered a two-part live, virtual seminar on first aid for mental health this spring well attended by clergy and laity across the United Methodist connection. By Jessica Brodie.

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New memoir from Advocate Press explores sexual assault, domestic violence

The newest book from the Advocate Press aims to shine light into the problem of sexual assault and intimate partner violence through the true story of a South Carolina United Methodist pastor who lived it. The book, “Betrayed With a Kiss: One Pastor’s Story of Finding God In the Wake of Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence,” is authored by the Rev. Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass, outreach pastor at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Greenville.

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Comfortable with the uncomfortable: Lessons learned from ‘Shift Happens’

One South Carolina pastor is taking wisdom gleaned at a conference and turning it into a new way to do ministry in her local church and district. The Rev. Thessa Smith attended Shift Happens: Doing Ministry from the Right Side, a conference offered by Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, a ministry that works to transform and sustain Black and cross-racial churches and pastors in The United Methodist Church.  There, she learned valuable information about a needed perspective shift that she is working to implement in her church, Trinity UMC, Greenwood, as well as across the Greenwood District as a whole.

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Free library opens on grounds of St. Andrew’s UMC

On Feb. 21, a group of community collaborators, including Save the Children, St. Andrews United Methodist Church and the Prince of Orange Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter, opened a “free library” to encourage and promote literacy in Orangeburg.

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