Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Message from Bishop vonRosenberg
As we remember the killings at Mother Emanuel one year ago, we now encounter another indication of the pervasive power of hatred, in Orlando. Because of our experience, we have a window through which to see the Florida tragedy. The view may be different, the landscape may have changed, but the setting of hatred's power is the same.
In response to this encounter with hate, though, we remember the example of the families of Emanuel's victims, who followed the example of Jesus himself. That example, of course, leads inextricably to love. And, from the time of the cross, hatred loses its power when confronted by love.
The families of Emanuel knew this. The families of Orlando will come to know the same, I pray. May we all learn that lesson from our Lord, even in the pain, grief, and anger cultivated by hatred. Love will have the final word, for love is of God... and God is love.
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg
Read this message on our diocesan news blog.
Praying and Remembering
Liturgies and vigils are being planned around the diocese following the massacre in Orlando, and to mark the anniversary of the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME and the nine lives lost there.
Click here to find a list of events.
"Under One Roof" – thank you!
A big thank you to all the 160+ people who participated in this all-day event on June 11! It was a great day of sharing knowledge, resources and encouragement for all the congregations of our diocese.
To see photos of the day, and find resources shared by our workshop presenters, visit the Under One Roof Page.
'Strength in Weakness'
The latest edition of Carolina Grace, a journal of writings by Episcopalians in South Carolina, is now available. Copies can be found at Grace Church Cathedral and other congregations around the diocese, or you can download and read it online here.
The theme of this issue is “Strength in Weakness.” Many from around our diocese have written beautiful and moving reflections on our continued and collective journey since 2012. Print copies have been delivered to congregations, but for additional copies please call 843-723- 4575.
Diocese seeking new Provisional Bishop
The Standing Committee of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is engaged in a discernment and selection process to find a new Provisional Bishop to lead the diocese after Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg retires this summer. Learn more about this process and find the latest updates on our Leadership Transition Page.
Pentecost, and Ordination
The Day of Pentecost was celebrated all across the diocese: See a photo album here.
Rob Donehue was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on May 14 at Grace Church Cathedral:
See more photos here.
Lowcountry Giving Day: Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who supported The Episcopal Church in South Carolina during our first Lowcountry Giving Day! We have raised more than $7,000 so far, and checks are still coming in. We will update the total soon after as the final checks are collected. Your generosity has been inspiring! While we didn't reach our goal of 226 donors, we did receive double the average number of donors for organizations participating in #LGD16! Thank you.
Clergy renew their vows
Bishop vonRosenberg and the priests and deacons of our diocese gathered at St. Mark's, Charleston on February 16 to renew their ordination vows. See a photo gallery and read the sermon preached at the service here.
SC Supreme Court appeal
Oral arguments in the appeal filed by our diocese and The Episcopal Church were heard in Columbia on Wednesday, September 23.Video of the hearing can be viewed here:
To see documents and news articles related to the case, visit our legal news page.
Federal court update:A federal judge’s decision to abstain from hearing a false-advertising lawsuit against the bishop of a breakaway group does not meet the “exceptional circumstances” test, and the case should be sent back to U.S. District Court in Charleston for trial, according to an opening brief filed Monday by attorneys for Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Read more here.
A Prayer for Reconciliation
Gracious and loving God of justice and compassion: We pray for your church caught in a crushing schism in South Carolina. We believe that you favor reconciliation in all situations; and we ask you to be with all parties involved in the case. We pray especially for the Justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court and the attorneys arguing the case: surround them all with your love and your truth; and bring this process to a just conclusion. Give all of us strength and courage to act and pray in ways that can lead toward reconciliation. Help us be agents of your reconciliation with our friends on both sides of this dispute. We ask all this in the Name of the Holy Reconciler, Jesus your Son. Amen.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has reorganized and is carrying forward the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as generations of Episcopalians in South Carolina have done since 1789, confident that by moving forward together in unity and faith, with God's help, we will flourish.
Your participation in the life of our diocese and its parishes, missions and worshiping communities is encouraged. The Episcopal Church always welcomes you!
The powerful words of a beloved bishop of South Carolina speak poignantly to us as we continue to rebuild:
“We should strive for unity, not uniformity. Uniformity is mechanical, barren, unfruitful, and unprofitable. Unity is organic, living, and capable of endless growth. If we are to be truly catholic, as Christ himself is catholic, then we must have a church broad enough to embrace within its communion every living human soul.”
The Right Reverend William Alexander Guerry
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Learning about The Episcopal Church
Want to understand more about the history and governance of The Episcopal Church – how it came to be, and how it makes decisions? For an authoritative look at these important topics, you'll want to read "A Primer on the government of The Episcopal Church and its underlying theology," a report offered by the Ecclesiology Committee of the House of Bishops.
Our own Bishop, the Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, has commended this report to the people of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
Find a letter from the Bishop and the report here.
Presiding Bishop Curry's