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Louise Best: Missionary in Brazil

One of the South Carolina Conference’s many contributions to the Methodist Church’s mission work was Miss Louise Best, who served for some 37 years as an educator in Brazil. The daughter of Rev. Albert H. Best and Lillie Andrews Best, Louise Best grew up in a Methodist parsonage.  She was born while her father was […]

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Methodists and World War I

This was my column for the April edition of the SC United Methodist Advocate This month marks the centennial of American entry into the First World War. On April 2, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a special session to declare war on Germany, and on April 6, Congress passed a declaration of war. The […]

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A Hundred Years ago, in November 1916

This was my November 2016 column in the SC United Methodist Advocate   I occasionally like to look back and see what South Carolina Methodists were talking about in the pages of the Advocate at points in the past.  A hundred years ago this November, they were preparing for Annual Conference, discussing national politics, and […]

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A Methodist Missionary in Brazil

This letter from the September 10, 1936 issue of the Advocate tells of the work of a South Carolina Methodist missionary in Brazil.  Some of you may know that Brazil and South Carolina have some long connections, and South Carolina’s own Cyrus B. Dawsey served as a Bishop of the Methodist Church in Brazil for […]

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Methodists and Race in South Carolina

This was my column in the February 2016 issue of the SC United Methodist Advocate Methodists, like any other group with a long history in South Carolina, have had to face questions of race and relations between African-American and white church members throughout our history.  Over the next few years, a number of anniversaries will […]

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The end of World War II, 70 years later

Seventy years ago this month, World War II came to an end. After six years of fighting (more than that if you include wars in China and Spain that many historians consider precursors of the full-blown war) and the loss of at least sixty million lives, the world entered into an uncertain and exhausted peace. […]

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South Carolina Methodists and the A. M. E. Church

This was my column in the SC United Methodist Advocate for August 2015. The murder of nine worshipers at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church has dominated the news in South Carolina this summer, and we Methodists have shared in sorrow and outrage with our fellow Carolinians. A. M. E. stands for African Methodist Episcopal, which […]

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Creating Women’s Organizations in the South Carolina Conference

This was my July 2015 column for the SC United Methodist Advocate. Most South Carolina Methodists realize the strong influence and important work of the United Methodist Women in our churches and conference. When did this work begin? Just after the Civil War, women’s efforts moved more into the public sphere, as America entered a […]

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From the Archives: Creating Women’s Organizations in the South Carolina Conference

This was my column for the July/Annual Conference edition of the SC United Methodist Advocate Most South Carolina Methodists realize the strong influence and important work of the United Methodist Women in our churches and conference. When did this work begin? Just after the Civil War, women’s efforts moved more into the public sphere, as […]

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The 1915 Annual Conference

This was my June column for the SC United Methodist Advocate.  Next week, South Carolina Methodists will gather for our Annual Conference.   As South Carolina’s Methodists gather in Florence for Annual Conference, let’s look back a century and see where we gathered in 1915. Of course, in those days, Annual Conference met in the […]

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