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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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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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