Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bishop's Address to Convention
See video of the full address, as well as the text, on the Convention Page.
Our 227th Diocesan Convention is happening November 10-11 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head Island.
Lots of information and resources can be found on our Convention Page.
The Bishop's feast-day reflections
Read a reflection for All Saints Day
Bishop Skip Adams is offering a series of reflections for major feast days and holy days on the Church's liturgical calendar. You can find them them all on the Bishop's blog. You can also subscribe to our e-newsletter and receive them via email.
'For All the Saints'
We remember all the saints on All Saints' Day, one of the principal feasts on our Church calendar. Celebrations are planned on November 1 and on the following Sunday, November 5. Click here for a list of special All Saints events planned around the diocese.
A call to prayer from Bishop Adams
November 1, 2017
Dear Good People of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,
As you are aware, the mediation conversations will commence in Columbia on Monday, November 6, and are scheduled for an initial three days. I know many of you are already doing so, but I ask that everyone in our Diocese, individually and corporately when gathered in worship, to be holding all parties at the table in prayer. The form and content is up to you, but my prayer will be that everyone present will be radically open to the Spirit’s presence, our conversations will be respectful of one another’s dignity, and that we will begin preparation for a future that participates in the new creation God desires for us all.
On this All Saints Day, be reminded that we are gathered together in a “blest communion, fellowship divine…yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.”
Blessings and peace to you in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III
Bishop Provisional, South Carolina
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.
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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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. Find the report here.
South Carolina Supreme Court Decision
August 2, 2017
Read the decision here.
Important facts to understand about the decision
(Updated September 2017)
Earlier news reports
A report from the meeting of diocesan leaders on August 4
An overview of the decision (August 3)
A history and timeline of our diocese
Other legal news
Update on litigation in the U.S. District Court
A Letter from Bishop Adams
August 18, 2017
William Porcher DuBose
Dear People of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,
Patient waiting is one of the hardest things to do. It has a bit of the feel of Advent. Now that we have received a decision from the State Supreme Court of South Carolina, we find ourselves once again in an in-between time with many unknowns and decisions yet to be made. The temptation is to speculate and fill in the gaps to help alleviate a sense of anxiety, especially as rumors swirl about us and we hear misrepresentations of our positions and decisions.
Our call, however, is not merely to wait patiently, but faithfully. What that means to me is to remember our call as disciples of Jesus, to be bearers of his Good News, and to live a life in active mission to bring God’s vision to reality in our life and in the lives of the people around us. It is the work of loving God and your neighbor as yourself, on which Jesus clearly stated depends all the law and the prophets.
The horrific events in Charlottesville clearly indicate that our Gospel work is far from finished. The best thing we can do now in order to be about faithful waiting is to be a people of reconciliation and peace. Not only do we need to definitively and unequivocally condemn the actions of white supremacists, we must find ways in our own life to stand up peacefully to hatred, name racism and bigotry as evil, and all with the hope of the reconciling love of Christ sustaining us along the way.
I write this to you on the feast day of William Porcher DuBose, a giant in The Episcopal Church, a South Carolinian, who is seen as one of the greatest theologians ever produced by The Episcopal Church. Interestingly, he is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He ministered in a time of uncertainty just as we do. Of the many things he said I point you to these words: “The one great lesson that must…make ready the Christian unity of the future is this: that contraries do not necessarily contradict, nor need opposites always oppose. What we want is not to surrender or abolish our differences, but to unite them.”
Our desire and path remains one of reconciliation, one of love, for that is the way of Jesus.
In Christ our hope,
A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” I Corinthians 12:12
Dear Friends in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,
Please join me in giving thanks to God for the gift of grace given to us through the August 2 ruling of the State Supreme Court that was generally in our favor. I acknowledge the difficult work of the court justices in coming to this decision.
Many of you have worked faithfully and diligently in preparation for this day and have remained steadfast as disciples of Jesus through your many sacrifices. For every one of you I give thanks, as well as to many throughout the wider Episcopal Church who have remained in solidarity with us.
We will continue to study the decision as we prepare for the journey awaiting us, and we enter it knowing that God’s Spirit is with us and in us as the Body of Christ. I am aware that coming to this day has been painful for many, and some you of lost much along the way. In that same vein, please be aware that this decision is painful in a different way for others. I ask that you be measured in your response without undue celebration in the midst of your own gratefulness.
I call upon all of you to be in prayer for all the people of this diocese, including those in congregations who chose to align with the breakaway group. Many conversations will need to occur for which we have not yet had the opportunity, yet our God is a God of reconciliation and hope as shown forth in the living Christ. Healing is our desire, and we renew our commitment to the hard work of reconciliation in whatever form it can come. May we focus on the healing of division and the seeking of common ground for the good of all Episcopalians, but even more importantly, for the sake of the Good News of Jesus.
In the hope of the Risen One,
The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III
Bishop Provisional, South Carolina
Most Holy God, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(The following letter was sent on August 2 to leaders of the parishes and missions of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.)
A Message from Bishop Adams:
The South Carolina Supreme Court today issued a ruling in our appeal of the state court decision in Dorchester County, and that decision is generally in favor of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. We are grateful for this decision and for the hard work of the court in rendering it. We also give thanks to God for the faithfulness, support, and sacrifices of countless Episcopalians within our diocese and throughout the Church.
This is a lengthy and detailed ruling, and our legal team and leadership will be studying it closely in the days ahead. It is important to note that the legal system allows for periods of judicial review and possible appeal, so it will be some time before we can say with certainty what the journey ahead will look like. Please be patient and know that we will keep you updated along the way as information becomes available to us.
As clergy and lay leaders, you are likely to have opportunities to respond to the ruling within your congregation, as well as to the wider public. As you consider what to say, please keep in mind that
- This ruling is one step on a longer journey and much is unknown at this point. Speculation will not be helpful.
- We can give thanks to God while avoiding excessive celebration. Kindness and graciousness are in order.
- Remember that our ultimate goal is reconciliation and unity, joining with our Lord in the desire that we all may be one.
- We ask for your ongoing prayer for the life of the Church in the service of Christ.
In the next few days, we will continue to communicate with the clergy and lay leadership about what is taking place. A formal statement from the Bishop’s Office will be issued to the public later today. We anticipate calling a meeting soon for diocesan leadership to review the decision, receive legal advice and consider the next steps.
If concerns arise or situations develop that we need to be aware of, or that you would like guidance about, please be in touch with my office by phone or email.
Bishop Skip Adams
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.
Remembering Bishop Guerry
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina remembered William Alexander Guerry as Bishop, Reformer and Martyr on Sunday, June 25, as the diocese continues to share the remarkable story of our 8th Bishop.
Readings and prayers for Bishop Guerry's feast day were used in congregations across the diocese.
Printable resources are available here.
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.
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.
Remembering the 226th Diocesan Convention
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, 2016.
More Convention information, including the Bishop's Address, election results, and other resources, can be found on the Diocesan Convention Page.
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.