Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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
An interview with
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, spoke with the Church of Ireland Gazette on October 3, 2014. Topics in the 22-minute interview include:
The Anglican Communion (0:00-2:22);
Anglicans/Episcopalians in North America (2:22-4:45);
and the Lambeth Conference (4:45-5:40).
Find a link to the interview here.
Images of the Cross
September 14, 2014: The Episcopal Church in South Carolina invited people to share images of the Cross that are meaningful to them. For Holy Cross Day, we've created an album of the photos that were contributed. See them here.
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.
Blessing the Animals 2014
Early October is the time when the Church remembers St. Francis of Assisi, and many of our congregations held Blessing of the Animals events. See a photo album here.
Trial in Dorchester County
A trial in the lawsuit filed by a breakaway group against The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, was held July 8-25, 2014.
Read more on the Legal News Page.
A letter from Bishop vonRosenberg
The Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg shared this letter with the people of the diocese at the conclusion of the trial.
ERD helping at home, around the world
Episcopal Relief and Development is a way for Episcopalians to reach out to people around the world. Learn more about Episcopal Relief and Development on our Outreach Page.
Call to Convention
224th Annual Diocesan Convention
November 14-15, 2014
“The World to Christ We Bring”
Follow this link for details
News from the diocese:
Bishop Tengatenga to preach at Convention
The Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, a distinguished leader and teacher in the worldwide Anglican Communion, will be the preacher at the 224th Annual Convention of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Bishop Tengatenga is the Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, one of the four “Instruments of Communion” that serve the worldwide family of Anglican/Episcopal churches. He served as bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi in southeastern Africa from 1998-2013. Read more here.
Returning priest welcomed, reinstated through new path for reconciliation
Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg has welcomed a returning member of the clergy back into good standing as a priest, hailing the reinstatement of the Reverend H. Dagnall Free, Jr. as an important day for The Episcopal Church and an encouraging step toward reconciliation in South Carolina.
On September 17, in a brief liturgy led by Bishop vonRosenberg, Fr. Free reaffirmed the vows he took at his ordination in 2010 and signed a formal declaration promising to conform to the doctrine, discipline and worship of The Episcopal Church. Read more here.
2014 Diocesan Clergy Conference
Clergy from across the diocese gathered September 2-3 for the annual Clergy Conference, held at Bishop Gadsden Episcopal retirement community near Charleston. Read about the event and find more photos here.
Make a donation
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Bishop grants permission for blessings of same-sex relationships
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg has granted permission for priests to bless the committed relationships of same-sex couples in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. In authorizing the use of “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” Bishop vonRosenberg gave permission for priests to respond pastorally to couples who are in committed relationships. Read the Bishop's letter and find related resources here.
'You are the light of the world'
A Statement on Public Education
Bishop vonRosenberg has joined with four other bishops in South Carolina in issuing an important statement in April 2014 through the ecumenical organization known as LARCUM. It reads, in part:
"...We, as pastoral leaders, pledge our commitment to support the full flourishing of public education in South Carolina. We ask our congregations – as well as all people of good will – to offer what we can to lift up our schools and those students who face hurdles to reach the best they can achieve in their education." Read the full statement here.
in South Carolina' Conference
More than 300 people gathered in Pawley's Island on Saturday, May 3 for an all-day conference sponsored by the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina.
A report on the day's events, with links to some of the addresses, photo albums and more, are on the Enthusiastically Episcopalian page.