Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is continuing. We are reorganizing with renewed dedication to carry forward the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as prior generations have done since 1789. We have much to do and many challenges to meet, but we are confident that by moving forward together in unity and faith, with God's help, we will flourish.
Your participation in this new ministry is encouraged. The Episcopal Church always welcomes you!
The powerful words of a beloved bishop of South Carolina speak poignantly to us now in this time of our rebuilding:
“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
The map below shows the Episcopal parishes, missions and worshiping communities in the diocese. Click on the map for a larger view, or download a printable PDF version.
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ERD responds in the Philippines
Local Episcopalians are reaching out through Episcopal Relief and Development to assist those affected by the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines on November 8. ERD is working with local partners in The Philippines, and in other parts of the world as well – relief efforts for people in the Middle East are ongoing.
Learn more about Episcopal Relief and Development on our Outreach Page.
In the news
The Season of Advent
Advent begins December 1, ushering in a new year on the Church calendar and a time of expectant waiting and preparation. Quiet days, reflection, worship and music are some of the ways we'll observe Advent in our diocese. Find out about these offerings and resources on our Advent 2013 page.
Diocesan Clergy Conference
Nearly 60 ordained women and men gathered on James Island October 29-30 to worship, share information, exchange ideas and enjoy time together with each other and with Bishop vonRosenberg.
Read more about the conference here.
The bishops at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston before the Choral Eucharist on Wednesday, June 26.
Responding to stories of loss and blessing told by worshiping communities across eastern South Carolina, the bishops of Province IV of The Episcopal Church today issued an “Open Letter to The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,” pledging prayers for the people of the diocese and support and cooperation for their bishop, the Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg. Read the letter here.
“We commend you for your faith and courage during this trying season,” the letter says. “We observed that you are meeting your present difficulties with good fellowship, good creativity and good cheer. This is an inspiration to us. Your example and mission zeal is easy for us to commend in our own jurisdictions.” Read more about the bishops' meeting here.
Legal news: November 25, 2013
Actions taken to “withdraw” from The Episcopal Church violated state law, according to new motion
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has filed a motion in Circuit Court to have Mark Lawrence and three other individuals added as parties in the lawsuit filed by the breakaway group that is seeking legal control of the Diocese of South Carolina. The four, who were officials of the diocese when it announced its separation from The Episcopal Church, are necessary parties to the suit because actions they took to “withdraw” the diocese from TEC were outside the scope of their legal authority and violated state law, according to documents filed with the First Circuit Court of Common Pleas in Dorchester County. Read more on our legal news page.
Garden Tour giving
The All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour presented funding grants of $4,300 each to six local charities that are meeting challenges of hunger, homelessness and literacy in the community. The presentations were made August 18 to Bluffton Backpack Buddies, Hilton Head Backpack Buddies, Family Promise of Beaufort County, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Neighborhood Outreach Connection, and Thumbs Up, Inc.
Plans are in the works for the 27th annual Garden Tour on May 17, 2014.
Pictured: Fred Gebler (2013 Garden Tour Chairman), Rosalyn Browne (Thumbs Up, Inc.), Ally McNair (Neighborhood Outreach Connection), Linda Jones (Thumbs Up, Inc.), Jean Heyduck (Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry), Carole Galli (HHI Backpack Buddies), Elliot Brown (Family Promise of Beaufort County), Sue Kroupa (Bluffton Backpack Buddies), Ken Kroupa (Bluffton Backpack Buddies), Karen Reuter (2014 Garden Tour Chairman), and The Rev. Richard C. Lindsey, Rector of All Saints.
Plans are already being made for the 27th Annual All Saints Garden Tour, that will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2014.