Sanctuary Church

Sanctuary Church

By: Jocelyn (J.C.) Cadwallader Throughout history, Jesus—through the people of God—has provided safe haven to those vulnerable under the laws and customs of the time. In the years before the American Civil War, churches provided safety for enslaved people seeking...
Light in the Midst of a Flood

Light in the Midst of a Flood

By: Jeannie Sullivan Two days after the flood in South Carolina, October 2015, Downtown Church (DTC) in Columbia, SC started a fund to purchase diapers, wipes, baby food, and formula for victims of the flood. The first gift to that fund was $8,000. Our initial...
Torches and Candles

Torches and Candles

By: Jill Duffield As worship unfolded in St. Paul’s Memorial Church, a stone’s throw away a parade of torch-wielding white nationalists marched on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Two by two, in formation, disciplined and organized they took over the famed...
Out of Chaos, Hope

Out of Chaos, Hope

By: Forrest Palmer “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it” John 1:5. It happened at night. Hurricane Hugo, a category 5 hurricane, slammed the coast of South Carolina and curved toward us in Charlotte. My wife, two sons and I huddled in...
Darkness into Light in Puerto Rico

Darkness into Light in Puerto Rico

By: Omayra L. González Méndez On September 20, 2017, at 6:15 a.m. the history of Puerto Rico changed. Time stopped; nature paralyzed the Island. For the first time in modern history, Puerto Rico was hit by the forces of a Category 5 hurricane. The strong winds of more...
Darkness Into Light

Darkness Into Light

By: Pressley Cox “The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” John 1: 5  The Message Fires, floods, hurricanes, shootings, wars, and rumors of wars!  There is much darkness in the world.  How do churches prepare people to meet...