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This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Editor's Views February 20, 2015 posted by

Big plans

By Jessica Brodie. My husband once told me he had big plans for me. He told me this when we were first dating, and his words naturally made my heart go pitter-patter and I began to dream of all sorts of wonderful future romantic what-ifs. God also has big plans for us, as he says in Jeremiah 29:11…

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Big plans
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Bishop's Corner February 20, 2015 posted by

Keeping a holy Lent

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. It was in 1896 that Professor George Washington Carver received a letter from Dr. Booker T. Washington. It was a plea for help from the president of one institution of higher learning, Tuskegee Institute, to a well-known professor of agriculture at another institution, Iowa State College.

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Keeping a holy Lent
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Bishop's Corner January 26, 2015 posted by

What the world needs now

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Some years ago, Dionne Warwick recorded a popular song written by Hal David and Bert Bacharach, which stated these simple words; namely, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

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What the world needs now
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Editor's Views December 22, 2014 posted by

A New Year of peace, tolerance

By Jessica Brodie. As I write this column, so many are in anguish across the nation and the world—about the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, and the still-fresh scars of long-seated racism and prejudice the shooting elicited. About the 132 schoolchildren the Pakistani Taliban shot and set ablaze, citing religious and political motivation. About the scores of Christian martyrs, adults and children alike, beheaded by ISIS in the Mideast. About the hatred, intolerance and rampant bullying of gays and lesbians.

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A New Year of peace, tolerance
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Bishop's Corner December 22, 2014 posted by

Qualities within reach

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. So we’re at that place where we’re checking our resolution list again. Unfortunately, just like last year and in previous years as well, we notice that there were some resolutions we achieved with excellence while others left much to be desired.

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Qualities within reach
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Editor's Views November 24, 2014 posted by

Blessings

By Jessica Brodie. Most every morning I drink my coffee from a cup that reminds me that if I count my blessings, one by one, it will surprise me what the Lord has done.

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Blessings
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Editor's Views October 27, 2014 posted by

Not ‘nobody’

By Jessica Connor. What would happen if we all just took a minute and smiled at everybody we encountered? If we didn’t simply rush on by but paused to acknowledge the humanity, the Spirit, within each of us?

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Not ‘nobody’
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Bishop's Corner October 26, 2014 posted by

Imagine No Illiteracy

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Recently, I attended a meeting where my attention span was uniquely challenged. It was the kind of meeting where you check your watch every 30 seconds or so. Then a statement was made that captivated my attention. In the midst of my boredom, a colleague raised a question; namely, “Can you imagine no illiteracy?”

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Imagine No Illiteracy
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Editor's Views August 26, 2014 posted by

Look past the surface

By Jessica Connor. As humans, we put all sorts of social constraints on our ourselves. Beyond race, ethnicity or creed, we like to further divide ourselves: Are we “Southern,” “Northern” or “Midwestern?” “Liberal” or “conservative?”

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Look past the surface
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Editor's Views July 28, 2014 posted by

Welcome to America?

By Jessica Connor. More than 50,000 undocumented children intercepted by U.S. immigration officials just in the past year. More than that, perhaps, crossing into this nation and into the system, sometimes documented, sometimes undocumented. All searching for a better life, far from the starvation, the terror, the cycle of poverty.

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Welcome to America?
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Bishop's Corner July 28, 2014 posted by

Great opportunities

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. During the week of June 28-July 5, I was privileged to travel with a team of 13 youth and clergy led by our team leader Chris Lynch from the Palmetto State to Honduras.

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Great opportunities
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Editor's Views June 10, 2014 posted by

Be kindness

By Jessica Connor. In final worship at Annual Conference, Bishop Holston wrapped to a close quoting Mother Teresa: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

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Be kindness
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