Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

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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Bishop's Corner March 24, 2014 posted by

Who could ask for anything more?

By Bishop Holston. Most days I seem to get bogged down in the busyness and irritations of life. Often I am reminded of the quote that says, “Make sure that we never get too busy with life that we don’t have time to live.” Yet it is so easy to waste time fretting over things that are not important.

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Who could ask for anything more?
Editor's Views February 25, 2014 posted by

One million books and you

By Jessica Connor. I’m a bookworm. I started reading when I was a precocious 2-year-old, and today I count books among my most prized possessions. When I’m not reading, I’m writing. Books take me to other places, other ages and sometimes other planets. They were my escape as a child, my ticket to a bright and limitless future.

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One million books and you
Editor's Views January 27, 2014 posted by

‘He must be a Christian, Mommy’

By Jessica Connor. As the mother of two young children, ages 6 and 8, I try hard to make sure they are steeped in strong faith. I bring them to church, pray with them a few times a day, say blessings at meals, the usual. When hard times arise, such as when my son had a brief bout with a bully on the bus, they become good opportunities to show how God is always with us, walking beside us even when we can’t see him.

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Bishop's Corner January 27, 2014 posted by

You must not shine alone

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Karlton was young, bright, strong and smart. He was also away from home for the first time facing opportunities he had worked hard to achieve. He was acutely aware he would need to be at his very best from day one.

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Views January 10, 2014 posted by

On trial: The United Methodist Church and dissenters

By the Rev. Keith D. Ray II. My beloved United Methodist Church is in the news quite a lot these days. CNN, MSBNC, FOX News, USA Today. We are everywhere. Sadly, it’s not because of our relief efforts in the Philippines, or the growth of our church amongst Millennials. We are in the news because of our church trials.

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Editor's Views December 23, 2013 posted by

Voices of poverty: life on the margins

By Jessica Connor. When our eyes are opened, we can see them clearly: our friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters on the fringes of life. Sometimes they don’t have enough to eat. Sometimes they don’t have a home of their own and stay with family members or live out of their car. Or in a shelter. Or on a park bench. Whatever they can do to survive and get by until they can catch a break.

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Bishop's Corner November 27, 2013 posted by

The wonder of it all

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. The point of the whole Christmas message is that what we do with our lives matters to Jesus. Christmas is all about Jesus coming to be with us. It is about Immanuel, God with us, looking on! In fact, we can look and see the image of God in Jesus.

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Editor's Views November 27, 2013 posted by

A celebration of Christ

By Jessica Connor. It’s hard to keep things holy when every store you enter breaks out the tinsel and the plastic Santas before Halloween is even over; when you get gift-shopping sale ads that rival the size of small magazines day after day in your mailbox. Popular Advent ministries like the Angel Tree or Operation Christmas Child get popped right into the mix like items on a to-do list.

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