News from The Advocate
By Jessica Brodie. Calling it “a gathering of people of faith,” South Carolina Resident Bishop L. Jonathan Holston kicked off the 2018 session of Annual Conference with a powerful service of opening worship June 3.
By Jessica Brodie. Other petitions beyond the Council of Bishops’ that are in harmony with the stated call for the 2019 special session of General Conference can be submitted for consideration. That is the ruling from the Judicial Council, the top court of The United Methodist Church.
By Jessica Brodie. In just more than an hour on Day 4 of Annual Conference, the body debated, amended and passed three of its four resolutions and referred the fourth to the General Conference Delegation for 2019.
By Jessica Brodie. Annual Conference kicked off early Monday with several new changes approved by the body to the conference’s standing rules, including a change on voting for resolutions from the last day to the second full day and a change to help simplify voting and ensure there will be no situations where a “no” petition vote means “yes” (and vice versa).
By Jessica Brodie. South Carolina United Methodists got the chance to re-vote June 5 on Constitutional Amendment I, one of five approved by the 2016 General Conference but that had to be ratified by annual conferences before inclusion in the Discipline.
By Jessica Brodie. Tuesday at Annual Conference celebrated the many ways South Carolina United Methodists engage in missions and global health. From packing health kits to lifting up global and in-state mission work to taking on a world hula-hoop record, it was all designed to celebrate how the Annual Conference works together for healthy bodies, healthy homes and healthy communities.
By Jessica Brodie. Bishop Mildred Hines, resident bishop of the South Atlantic Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, preached the ordination service Monday night, June 4, bringing a word on “From God’s Lips to Yours.”
By Allison Trussell. The Annual Conference recognized and celebrated 37 retiring pastors during a June 5 service.
By Jessica Brodie. In an Annual Conference memorial service June 4 remembering the lives of 52 clergy, spouses and others who have gone on to heaven in the past year, Dr. B. McIver Alexander Jr. brought a message of hope and faith despite a sorrowful, painful loss.
By Jessica Brodie. What mission are you on for God? That was the question posed by Dr. Rosetta Ross, professor of religion at Spelman College and keynote speaker for the 25th anniversary of the African-American Clergy Women at their luncheon gathering at Annual Conference June 4.