Posts by Category: Views

This is the category for Advocate editorials and other viewpoints.

Editor's Views September 24, 2015 posted by

Hispanic/Latino neighbors vital to UMC

By Jessica Brodie. There’s little I love more than looking around during worship and seeing diversity. I love it all—different accents, different shades of skin, different ages, different genders, different styles of clothing. It energizes me in a way I can hardly describe.

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Hispanic/Latino neighbors vital to UMC
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Editor's Views August 24, 2015 posted by

The power of an apology

By Jessica Brodie. I’ve been reading a lot in secular media about how we—particularly women—need to stop apologizing for everything. Apparently, our inherent gut reaction to murmur “I’m sorry” when things go awry sends the wrong message to people.

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The power of an apology
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Bishop's Corner August 24, 2015 posted by

Two words

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. It has been said that “when spoken together at just the right moment, there are two words that have amazing life-changing power.” These two words possess the capacity to breathe into us new life, to lift burdens and calm fears as well as to inspire hope.”

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Two words
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Editor's Views July 27, 2015 posted by

A commandment to care

By Jessica Brodie. Since our last edition, it’s been a whirlwind for people of faith in South Carolina, from the shooting of nine people during Bible study at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, to sweeping landmark Supreme Court cases legalizing gay marriage and upholding the Affordable Care Act, to the removal of a painful symbol of racism (or Southern pride) from the South Carolina State House grounds.

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A commandment to care
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Bishop's Corner June 15, 2015 posted by

Giving thanks where it’s due

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. At 3:55 p.m., the 2015 Session of the South Carolina Annual Conference came to an end and a new conference year took flight. Our time in Florence was a glorious experience of Christian conferencing and celebration.

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Giving thanks where it’s due
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Editor's Views June 15, 2015 posted by

A way to help all our children

By Jessica Brodie. Every 60 seconds, a child dies of malaria. In the time it takes you to read this editorial, a small, precious, vulnerable child, who Jesus Christ himself charged us to protect, will die from a disease that is preventable, treatable and beatable—if only there were enough money and resources.

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A way to help all our children
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Editor's Views May 26, 2015 posted by

Not my will, but thine

By Jessica Brodie. News broke as we prepared to go to press on the Advocate this month that an economist has a grave warning for The United Methodist Church: the denomination is in crisis, and if we don’t turn things around soon, we’re in big trouble.

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Not my will, but thine
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Editor's Views April 27, 2015 posted by

Once (color) blind, now I see the light

By Jessica Brodie. Growing up, race wasn’t a big deal to me. Maybe it was growing up in Miami—where the swirl of Spanish mingled with the tropical breeze, where your bare arms on the beach were just a shade darker or lighter than your friends’, and no one could tell who was Latina or white or “mixed” or what—but it seemed like no one cared about race in the least. But now…

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Once (color) blind, now I see the light
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Editor's Views March 25, 2015 posted by

Passion

By Jessica Brodie. There I was, at the United Methodist Men’s spiritual retreat, surrounded by literally hundreds of men who were committing themselves to Christ, some for the very first time. I saw grown men with tears running down their cheeks, grown men laying on the floor or with their heads in their hands, ashamed that it had taken them this long to make that leap, excited about what was ahead of them. And it blew my mind.

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Passion
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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
Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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