Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Churches across the diocese are preparing to observe the Season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday services on February 10. Find liturgies, special programs, quiet days, Bible studies, musical offerings and more:
Visit the Lent 2016 page.
Read Bishop vonRosenberg's Message for Lent here.
"Stand Up Sunday"
Churches in our diocese participated in this statewide gun violence prevention event January 31, marking the six month anniversary of the Emanuel 9 shootings. Visit the Gun Violence Prevention Page for resources from Stand Up Sunday.
Bishops at the LARCUM prayer service
Bishop vonRosenberg, left, joined other bishops from around South Carolina for an annual ecumenical prayer service, held this year at our cathedral. Find out more and see photos of the event on our LARCUM page.
A letter from
January 14, 2016
Today I have shared with the Standing Committee my intention to retire as Bishop Provisional of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, effective at the conclusion of the current cycle of visitations, this coming summer. It has been my great privilege to serve in this capacity with the good and faithful people who chose to continue your faith journey as part of The Episcopal Church. These times have been exciting and challenging, and I assure you that I will never forget them or you.
Continue reading the Bishop's letter here.
A word from Bishop vonRosenberg
on the Anglican Primates' meeting
January 15, 2016
Read the Bishop's message here.
Stand Up Sunday: January 31, 2016
Congregations of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina were part of “Stand Up Sunday" on January 31, joining with others in praying for an end to gun violence. Please visit our Gun Violence Prevention page for links and resources.
Our new Presiding Bishop
Read and watch Bishop Curry's Sermon at his Installation service on November 1, 2015.
See video of the full Installation service.
View the service bulletin.
A Prayer Vigil was held October 31 by the Union of Black Episcopalians. See a video report on the event.
Read a report from Washington National Cathedral on our blog, episcopalsc.blogspot.com.
People from our diocese traveled to Washington to be part of this historic day. See an album of photos they shared.
In his first address as Presiding Bishop on November 2, he says: "This is the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world." See the video and read the statement here.
SC Supreme Court appeal
September 22: 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: U.S. District Judge Judge C. Weston Houck on Monday issued a stay in a federal false-advertising lawsuit against the bishop of the group that left The Episcopal Church, delaying a ruling until the final outcome of a separate state action that is now before the South Carolina Supreme Court. Attorneys have filed a notice of appeal. 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.
South Carolina at General Convention
Deputies from The Episcopal Church in South Carolina were in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Visit our blog to read what the Bishop, deputies and others from South Carolina have to say about their experiences at #GC78, and to share information with our diocese. Find it here: episcopalsc.blogspot.com
Recent messages from the Bishop
Find the Bishop's sermons here
On flooding in South Carolina (10/9/2015)
Message following General Convention (7/21/2015)
On changes made at General Convention to the canons related to marriage (7/2/2015)
On the election of the Right Reverend Michael Curry as our 27th Presiding Bishop (6/27/2015)
On the tragedy at Emanuel AME (6/18/2015)
"Traces of the Trade" program encourages conversations, listening, and action
Clergy and laypeople from around the diocese filled historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston on Tuesday, September 15 for the first diocesan “Traces of the Trade” event and an opportunity to bring open minds and hearts to conversations about the legacy of slavery and racism.
Participants said they were glad they took part in the conversations, and encouraged others to attend the remaining programs being offered this week in Hilton Head Island, Conway, and North Charleston.
“This event sheds light, so that others can light their candles by it,” said Joe Frazier, Senior Warden of Calvary. “It’s a worthwhile opportunity for people to come and participate.”
Read more about the "Traces" events here.
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.
Episcopal visitations for 2015-2016
Bishop vonRosenberg began the new calendar of visitations to parishes and missions on September 13 with a visit to All Saints, Hampton (above). See our Diocesan Prayer Calendar for the Bishop's schedule of visitations and congregations we're praying for each week alongside the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.
Another returning priest reinstated
through new path for reconciliation
Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg has welcomed another returning priest back into good standing in The Episcopal Church through a new process that provides a path for reconciliation for clergy who left following the 2012 schism in eastern South Carolina. The Reverend H. Jeff Wallace reaffirmed the vows he took at his ordination in 2007 and signed a formal declaration promising to conform to the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal Church. He is the second priest to return to The Episcopal Church after the 2012 split.
Read more here.