Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Views May 25, 2012 posted by

Invitations

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. The services of worship during the General Conference of our United Methodist Church are always meaningful. It is wonderful to praise God with brothers and sisters from around the world. The visible reminders that the Spirit of God is at work in near and distant places are magnificent. As at the first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit continues to breathe life into the church.

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Editor's Views April 26, 2012 posted by

The ‘united’ in United Methodist

By Jessica Connor. There I was, hairnet on, notebook in hand, all prepared to cover the Great Day of Service hunger packaging event in the Greenville District. Except I couldn’t really move. I stood there, mesmerized, looking around at the sea of faces. I watched kids younger than my young son being runners,  transporting plastic bags of rice, soy and dehydrated vegetables from the stuffing table to the weighing table, their heads high with pride and determination.

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Editor's Views March 26, 2012 posted by

Why should we care?

By Jessica Connor. A set-aside bishop. A General Council for Strategy and Oversight. Whether 13 agencies will morph into nine. Whether oversight of the church will rest in the hands of 600 or 45 or 150. Does any of this really impact me at the local church level?

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Views February 24, 2012 posted by

Matching pastors, local churches

By Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor. Whether you sit in the pew or stand in the pulpit each Sunday, the appointment process is important to United Methodists. Churches grow to love their pastors and pastors grow to love their churches. It is a very special relationship.

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Editor's Views December 16, 2011 posted by

Season of change

By Jessica Connor. It’s been a busy year, one filled with wave upon wave of uplifting, inspirational tales of Christians being God’s hands in the world. We’ve seen our share of sad times, too—friends and loved ones lost, a longtime ministry closing its doors, daily challenges in our families, communities, our nation and our world.

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Editor's Views August 31, 2011 posted by

Love thy enemies

By Jessica Connor. I remember well where I was 10 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists launched a terrible, tragic attack on American soil. Living in South Florida at the time, I remember frantic calls to loved ones and huddling around a television set as we watched what we thought could be the end of the world.

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Editor's Views July 27, 2011 posted by

Servanthood at its best

By Jessica Connor. I sat there on the wet summer grass, cradling the 10-year-old girl on my lap as she roared in pain. “My arm! It hurts! Oh, it hurts!” she hollered, panting and shaking, before shivering her way into the fetal position as I tried my hardest to hold her right arm straight. All around me, concerned neighbors crouched, our eyes locking.

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