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If you don’t have a written directive, or you haven’t appointed someone who can confidently speak for you, then doctors will be obligated to do everything possible to save your life, even if “everything” means a painful delay of your death.

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Amid a backdrop of nationwide unrest over racism and injustices, several African American leaders in Charleston will aim to empower youths in a Virtual Summit. Panelists in the event, slated for 6 p.m. Thursday, will share difficult stories of their past to inspire children and young adults to know they can overcome obstacles to succeed in life.

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Why stand with those whose faith practice is so drastically different than mine? Because at the end of the day, if we refuse to stand together, then we will most decidedly fall alone.

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The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

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In metropolitan areas such as Charleston and North Charleston, diverse groups of pastors have walked the streets to demonstrate unity and ask God's forgiveness for the sin of racism that still stains many holy spaces. 

But conversations are also taking place in less-populated, more rural areas, such as Moncks Corner, a town of about 11,000. 

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It will always be our days that count: plural days, not singular. That means that in the case of our pandemic, the days of 2020 are only temporary. These months do not have to define our lives.

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In effort to help people manage their stress during the crisis, the faith organization recently launched a chat service where people can access on-demand emotional support. Sister Hope, as it's called, is operational 24/7 for anyone in need of coping strategies for managing anxiety.

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The ruling, which involves 36 properties across the state valued at $500 million, orders the plaintiff parishes be "affirmed as the title owners in fee simple absolute of their respective parish real properties."

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There has never been a better time in this nation to listen to the stories being offered by communities of color, whether through books, friends or the media. So, this week, instead of expressing frustration on social media toward Black Lives Matter, I am challenging you tune in. Listen to the painful narrative being shared.

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Family members, national and state political and spiritual leaders, including the likes of former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, honored the victims of the Emanuel tragedy this past week as they reflected on the lives of the fallen and also pressed for needed action to address racism.

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The Charleston Symphony has been largely silenced by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced concert cancellations and other changes. But as protesters in recent weeks decry the treatment of African Americans at the hands of the police and shed light on systemic and institutional racism, …

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These past few weeks, our nation, even our world, was consumed with the tragic news of George Floyd, the unarmed black man killed when ex-policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck during an arrest. As a columnist, I would like to voice my strongest protest of what can only be described as murder. However, as a person of faith, my protest must begin by searching my own heart.

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Mitch Carnell, a layman at First Baptist Church of Charleston, has asked me to convey a national message to my readers. The church seeks others to join with them in setting aside the first Sunday of every June as “Say Something Nice Sunday.”

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Randy Hinton is one of many parents who've lost children to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare and aggressive tumor with a low survival rate. In effort to raise awareness, dozens of states, including South Carolina, recently joined a national effort in recognizing May 17 as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Awareness Day.

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As churches resume Sunday services, officials are insisting on social distancing, enhanced sanitation and more. The Holy Eucharist also is subject to change. But the change is not universal. Various denominations will implement different rules and recommendations. Often, the details of any new practice will be determined at the local level.

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During this year’s Memorial Day remembrance, I hope you will give sacred thanks for the men and women who’ve made the supreme sacrifice. Please say their names aloud and sing "Amazing Grace." Voice your prayers and gratitude for the survivors: wives, parents, children and friends.

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

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Now, two months later as COVID-19 spreads, I wonder if Maria is even able to eat, much less enjoy her books. She, like two out of three Hondurans, experience a hand-to-mouth existence. Quarantine there means that her family will likely see their food chain greatly impaired.

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God is in the waiting room with us. He waits while we wait. He hurts while we hurt. He grieves while we grieve. He offers clarity to the caregivers and comfort to the dying.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced houses of worship to suspend normal in-person worship experiences, but some good is coming out of the crisis. South Carolina religious institutions are reaching hundreds, if not thousands, more people through online worship experiences.


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