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It’s up to us

Churches should be safe spaces. When we enter a church, just like when we enter a school, most of us feel a reasonable expectation that we are entering a place where no harm is supposed to occur. A lot of that assumption has to do with the inherent trust we place in such institutions. An editorial by Jessica Brodie.

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Grounded

Life has the capacity to break all of us, yet we draw comfort in knowing that we are stronger at the broken places. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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What have we learned?

What you have learned since March 2020? Has your perspective changed? How you have grown as a child of God? By Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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Fullness of life

What if we offered the world an example of how to live differently? A column for the Advocate by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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'Get over yourself'

My sister, a school counselor in North Carolina, shared a teaching podcast-video with me that dives into the extraordinarily difficult realities experienced by those who teach in public schools today. A column by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie.

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Learning to grow

There are many good reasons to prefer artificial flowers to natural ones. The best ones look incredibly lifelike. Even after months in a vase, they are always in full bloom; the leaves never grow limp. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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Sacrifice

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.

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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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Never alone

As we prepare for the 2022 Annual Conference, I ask for your prayers that great and marvelous things will happen through the Holy Spirit who guides and sustains us. By Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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More

A reflection on discerning when "more" is the answer. By Jessica Brodie.

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Now is the time

In the midst of this prolonged, pandemic-induced pause, we have had to stop almost everything. And now the challenge is to avoid being a “SnapBack” church—one that simply goes back to what we “used to do.” There is an opportunity before us to recalibrate our ministry and carry forward those things we have learned during these challenging two years. A column by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston.

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