Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Advent and Christmas 2016
Episcopal churches are offering many oportunities to enter into the season of preparation at Advent, and celebrate the Nativity at Christmas. Find a listing here.
To find the Bishop's Address, election results, and other news and resources, please visit the Diocesan Convention Page.
In the Facebook Live video above, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Convention delegate Lonnie Hamilton III of Calvary Episcopal Church play "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" as the final Communion hymn at the Convention Eucharist on Friday, November 11.
Returning priest welcomed
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has welcomed a returning priest back into good standing in The Episcopal Church on November 11 through a reconciliation process designed for clergy who left following the 2012 split in eastern South Carolina.
In a brief liturgy on November 11, the Reverend Matthew Wright McCormick reaffirmed the vows he took at his ordination to the priesthood in 2008. He also signed a formal declaration promising to conform to the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal Church. The reinstatement liturgy, led by the Right Reverend Gladstone B. (Skip) Adams, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, took place at Grace Church Cathedral.
“It gives me great joy to welcome Father McCormick back into the fold of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Adams said. “ I take very seriously my responsibility as bishop to be a bridge builder, believing that all things are being reconciled through Christ as God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. This act by Matt is a sign of that grace and love as seen in Jesus.”
Read more here.
A first blessing
The Rev. Rob Donehue gives the blessing at the end of his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, November 19 at Grace Church Cathedral. See more photos of the day here.
Special Convention and the welcoming of our new Provisional Bishop
Watch video of Bishop Wolfe's sermon at Saturday's service (Read the text here)
See photos of the Special Convention and Installation of Bishop Adams
See photos from Friday's reception
for Bishop and Mrs. Adams
...plus more on the Special Convention page.
On September 10, 2016, the Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III was elected by acclamation and installed as Provisional Bishop of the diocese. Read more about the Bishop here.
As a new academic year began, the bishops of the SC Bishops' Public Education Initiative issued a back-to-school letter focusing on how churches can support public education in South Carolina.
Visit this page to find out more.
Connect a student
with campus ministry
Do you know a student who's headed to college in South Carolina this fall? Help connect them with Episcopal campus ministries at their schools by visiting our College Ministry Page. You'll find links and contact information for campus ministries for both of the Episcopal Church's dioceses in South Carolina, covering public and private colleges and universities across the state.
"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.
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
A statewide day of prayer
Our diocese was part of the statewide prayer vigil on November 22, responding to a call from Bishop Adams and a request from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for all faith communities to pray for ongoing concerns in our state. Many of our congregations held prayer services and rang bells at 12 noon on November 22. Learn more about the day of prayer here.
Looking for a church?
For a list of Episcopal parishes and missions, click here. The map below shows the parishes and missions of The Episcopal Church in our diocese. Click on the map for a larger view, or download a printable PDF version.
Make a donation
Your support for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is greatly appreciated! We're now able to accept online gifts to the diocese via AccessACS, our database/giving tool. To begin, click the button below. Planning ahead for year-end giving? Check out these tips on our giving page.)
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.
Information & Updates
If you would like to help with disaster relief in areas affected by the storm, please visit Episcopal Relief and Development and make a donation.
Please continue to pray for all who have been affected by the hurricane.
God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof rage and swell, and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same. There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holy place ofthe tabernacle of the Most High. (Psalm 46)
Presiding Bishop Curry's