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Clergy Directories

This was my column in the May 2015 issue of the SC United Methodist Advocate.  We’ve made some new resources available on our institutional repository site. For over 100 years, the Annual Conference has published clergy biographical directories about every ten years. The first volume was called Twentieth Century Sketches of the South Carolina Conference, […]

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Bishop Coke Smith

This was my column in the SC United Methodist Advocate for April. Alexander Coke Smith is another of South Carolina Methodism’s contributions to the episcopacy. Born in Lynchburg, SC, Coke Smith enrolled at Wofford in 1868 and graduated in 1872. His father was a Methodist minister, so he grew up in parsonages around the state. […]

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Selma, fifty years ago

This was my Advocate column for March 2015.   Fifty years ago this month, a group of civil rights protesters met Alabama state and local lawmen on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The protesters were beginning a march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the lack of voting rights for African-Americans in Alabama […]

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The 1866 Conference

This was my column in the SC United Methodist Advocate for February 2015 150 years ago this month, the Union Army, fresh from its march across Georgia and its capture of Savannah, set out to march across South Carolina. In February 1865, on a cold and very windy night, much of Columbia burned. (I don’t […]

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Cokesbury, the Methodist Town

This article appeared in the December issue of the SC United Methodist Advocate. Perhaps you’ve heard of Cokesbury – it’s an especially Methodist name – but I’m not talking about the publishing house.  I’m talking about the village in Greenwood County.  That’s correct; we have our very own Cokesbury right here in South Carolina. I […]

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From the Archives: A hundred years ago

What were our ancestors in South Carolina Methodism talking about a hundred years ago this fall? Looking through the pages of the Advocate for November 1914 shows that they were talking about football, war, and conference politics. The Advocate was part of the conversation about dividing the Annual Conference into upper and lower conferences – […]

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Henry Nelson Snyder: Wofford and Methodist leader

This article appeared in the SC United Methodist Advocate this month. Wofford’s Dr. Henry Nelson Snyder served as the college’s fourth president from 1902 to 1942, and at the same time, was one of the leading laymen of South Carolina Methodism. He was a very influential leader in state and national higher education circles as […]

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The things you find in collections

Today I got around to processing a small collection we received last summer.  The materials related to a member of Wofford’s Class of 1870 named Wellborn Davies Kirkland.  Rev. Kirkland, who became a Methodist minister, served in a number of significant positions in the Methodist Church in South Carolina, edited the Southern Christian Advocate, and […]

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The Adlai C. Holler Papers

A few months back, I wrote about what we do with all of the papers we get in the conference archives.  This month, I want to write about what we did with one particular collection that we received a few years ago. It took over a year, but the Rev. Luther Rickenbaker, who is the […]

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Methodist Reunification

A few months ago, I wrote about the division of the Methodist Episcopal Church into northern and southern branches.  Since we’re members of the United Methodist Church today, we know that at some point, we got back together.  When did that happen? The northern and southern branches of the Methodist Episcopal Church, along with the […]

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