Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby laugh together during an interview after the royal wedding on May 19.
'The Power of Love'
Whether you woke up early to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, or you didn't tune in at all, you probably still have heard about Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's passionate wedding homily, heard by billions around the world.
Learn more and read about the overwhelmning response here.
We invite you to explore our new “Frequently Asked Questions” supplement. This is offered to provide information and share hope for a future that remains grounded in the love of God. Read, download and share it 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
Pentecost: May 20
Celebrate 'the Birthday of the Church'
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)
Read the Bishop's reflection for Pentecost here. All of his reflections on seasons and feast days of the church year on the Bishop's blog, along with sermons and other messages. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive all Bishop Adams' messages via email.
The 2018 Forma Conference in Charleston
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's
visit to our Diocese
On Friday, January 26, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina welcomed Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Charleston to preach at the 2018 Forma Conference's closing Eucharist at Grace Church Cathedral.
Video of the service can be viewed above. (The link will take you directly to Bishop Curry's powerful sermon at 37:46... but you can watch the entire service, too! Find the service bulletin here so you can follow along.)
Remembering Bishop Guerry
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina remembers William Alexander Guerry as Bishop, Reformer and Martyr each year in June, as we continue to share the remarkable story of our 8th Bishop.
June 24, 2018 will be the next official observance of Bishop Guerry Day in our diocese.
Readings and prayers for Bishop Guerry's feast day are available here to be used in congregations across the diocese.
Bishop Guerry died June 9, 1928, five days after being shot in his office by a priest who had attacked the bishop’s position on advancing racial equality in South Carolina, and his proposal to install a black suffragan bishop in the diocese. The priest then took his own life. Bishop Guerry, in the hospital before he died, said of his assailant, “Forgive him, Father, he knew not what he did.”
Learn more about Bishop Guerry here.
Legal news and updates
A message from the Bishop: May 23, 2018
Read the August 2 SC Supreme Court decision here.
Find the latest legal news on our news blog.
Explore a history and timeline of our diocese
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 and the attorneys: 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.
Celebrating an Ordination
Jason Daniel Roberson was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, November 18 at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island. Above, Bishop Skip Adams introduced the newly ordained Father Jason to applause from the congregation. See more photos of the day here.
Connect a student
with campus ministry
Do you know a student who is headed to college in South Carolina? 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.
Introducing our Vision Statement
Get ready to begin talking together about the new Vision Statement and what it means for our faith communities and our diocese. Please visit this page to explore the Vision Statement, begin the conversation, and share your insights.
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.)
March for Our Lives in South Carolina
Bishop Skip Adams and people from our diocese joined in marches across South Carolina and the US on Saturday, March 24, calling for an end to gun violence. Learn more here.
Renewal of Ordination Vows:
The Bishop's Sermon
What role does memory play in the life of faith? Preaching at the annual renewal of ordination vows for clergy of our diocese, Bishop Skip Adams said that one of the central responsibilities of being a deacon, priest, or bishop "is to help the people of God to remember." Watch the video above, and find the text of his sermon here.
Clergy of our diocese assembled for the Renewal of Vows liturgy at historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston. See more photos here.
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. Find the report here.
Supporting Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is responding in the aftermath of hurricanes in the US and Caribbean, part of its effort to 'heal a hurting world.' To make a gift directly to the hurricane relief fund, visit this link.
To mail your gift, send a check to Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
Planning a special Sunday for
Episcopal Relief & Development
Grace Church Cathedral is featured in a video filmed by Episcopal Relief & Development last spring, which is now being shown on their website as way to encourage churches to plan a special Sunday to support the work that Episcopal Relief & Development is doing to heal a hurting world.
Grace observes a special Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday four times a year, whenever there is a fifth Sunday in a month. The congregation has long been a leader among Episcopal churches in giving to the organization: Since Labor Day, people there have given more than $60,000 to hurricane relief.
Planning assistance available
Many churches find that designating a Sunday for Episcopal Relief & Development is a great way to call attention to the good work being done. If your congregation would like to do this, please contact Mary Person, at SC.ERD.Rep@gmail.com or 843-478-4762. Mary is happy to discuss resources available to you from Episcopal Relief & Development is available to speak to congregations about what this organization does.