Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Editor's Views April 25, 2016 posted by

General Conference, here I come

By Jessica Brodie. This month, The United Methodist Church is gearing up for its quadrennial family reunion: General Conference. Yes, “family reunion” was my takeaway from the 2012 General Conference, when this editor stood…

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General Conference, here I come
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Editor's Views March 28, 2016 posted by

Five minutes

By Jessica Brodie. The forced solitude and inherent meditation opportunity in my morning commute has become my favorite time of the day to pray. Lulled into a happy, contemplative place by the hum of the car and the beauty of the coming day spread out in a panorama all around me, it’s a special, peaceful time I cherish and a great way to start the day.

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Five minutes
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Editor's Views February 24, 2016 posted by

Racial awakening: your stories wanted

By Jessica Brodie. I’m deeply excited to share with you a bold new effort the Advocate is unfurling thanks to the vision of an anonymous donor and the passion this newspaper has for racial awareness and reconciliation: the South Carolina Stories of Racial Awakening Project.

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Racial awakening: your stories wanted
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Bishop's Corner February 24, 2016 posted by

One Great Hour of Sharing

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. It is recorded that the great sage of baseball life, Yogi Berra, stated, “You can see a lot by observing.” Indeed, when we take the time and energy to observe the world around us, we can see quite a bit that helps us understand what we believe. Often we have a tendency to close our eyes to the world around us and miss the opportunity to make a difference.

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One Great Hour of Sharing
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Guest Views February 24, 2016 posted by

Hispanic/Latino Ministries: Take a chance on me

By the Rev. Elizabeth Murray. I have a song dedication for the South Carolina Annual Conference, and it is ABBA’s “Take a Chance on Me.” Though the 1970s Swedish pop group likely wrote the song about two distant lovers, I imagine myself singing it to the Annual Conference in respect to Hispanic/Latino ministry.

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Hispanic/Latino Ministries: Take a chance on me
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Editor's Views January 28, 2016 posted by

People of the story

By Jessica Brodie. Storyteller. After five days in Portland, Oregon, site of the upcoming 2016 General Conference, where I sat elbow-to-elbow with fellow United Methodist communicators learning about how better to do our work for God’s Kingdom, that’s the word I keep coming back to…

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People of the story
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Editor's Views December 29, 2015 posted by

Let God’s call be the strongest voice

By Jessica Brodie. God’s call is a tremendous influence on our lives. His call led Moses into the wilderness, led Jonah from the belly of a whale back to Nineveh, led three magi—after seeing the baby Jesus—to go home by another route and not to report back to King Herod.

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Let God’s call be the strongest voice
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Guest Views December 29, 2015 posted by

Power in stories

By the Rev. Elizabeth Murray. Brené Brown says, “Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” We know there is power in hearing each other’s stories.

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Power in stories
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Editor's Views November 28, 2015 posted by

Christ Jesus, we need you

By Jessica Brodie, Advocate editor. We go to press on the December paper just before Thanksgiving and the start of Advent—a time when we’re supposed to be having thoughts of peace and gratitude, love and kindness. Instead, on Facebook and in news headlines, we’re bombarded with stories of terrorist attacks in Paris and in Mali. Talk has turned to how we can stand strong against the threat of ISIS and whether or not we should let Syrian refugees into our nation. It’s hard sometimes to cultivate so-called Christmas cheer and the quiet peace of Advent when all around us is the clamor of negativity, worry and, sadly, hate.

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Christ Jesus, we need you
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Bishop's Corner November 28, 2015 posted by

A promise that changes the world

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Over the years we have developed a bad habit. Our problem is that we have become so familiar with the Christmas story that we no longer even stop to consider what it really means.

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A promise that changes the world
Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications
Editor's Views October 26, 2015 posted by

Strength to go on—in Christ

By Jessica Brodie. Somehow, life goes on. I find myself this week, as we prepare to go to press on the Advocate, shopping for Halloween costumes for our four kids and decorations for our church’s Trunk or Treat, wondering which side of the family to visit for Thanksgiving, scheduling doctor visits and oil changes and weekend chores and all the other trappings of my first-world life.

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Strength to go on—in Christ
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Guest Views October 25, 2015 posted by

Espiritu Santo

By the Rev. Kristin Dollar. “Do these people know each other?” I asked incredulously as boisterous, rapid Spanish ricocheted off every wall of the giant house where we were having our retreat.

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Espiritu Santo
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