Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Season of Lent
"I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." BCP, p. 265
Find 2015 Lenten programs and resources here
2015 Renewal of Ordination Vows
The clergy of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina gathered at Bishop Gadsden on February 24 for Holy Eucharist, the Renewal of Ordination Vows, and the Blessing of the Oils. Bishop vonRosenberg was the celebrant, and the preacher was the Rt. Reverend John C. Buchanan. Find his sermon, and more photos, here.
February 4, 2015:
A Pastoral Letter
from Bishop vonRosenberg
Read the letter here.
Motion asks court to reconsider ruling
in breakaway lawsuit
February 13, 2015
The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, today filed a Motion for Reconsideration asking Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein to reverse a ruling that a breakaway group can keep the name and property of the "Diocese of South Carolina,” even though it has left the church.
The 180-page motion examines the judge’s February 3 ruling page by page, taking issue with “findings of fact” and conclusions in the 46-page order and citing dozens of instances in which the ruling doesn’t fully address evidence, makes incorrect statements, or fails to consider relevant points of law. Such a motion must be filed within 10 days of the order, and the judge must respond to it, before an appeal can be filed. Read more here.
Update: February 23, 2015
Judge Diane Goodstein today denied the motion for reconsideration filed by The Episcopal Church in South Carolina in the Dorchester County case. TECSC now has 30 days to file a notice of appeal with the South Carolina Court of Appeals. The order can be viewed here.
Diocese receives $19,000 Roanridge grant
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has been awarded a $19,000 grant for 2015 from The Episcopal Church’s Roanridge Trust, one of 10 grants that were announced February 3.
Roanridge Trust Award grants are awarded annually for new and creative models for leadership development in small communities. The $19,000 grant to TECSC will be used to start a Lifelong Formation Training Program for clergy and lay people in the rural sections of the diocese.
Read more here.
All Saints, HHI gives $20,000 challenge gift
for Diocesan Endowment Fund
All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island has presented an initial gift of $20,000 to The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the first installment in a $100,000 pledge for an endowment fund for the diocese. Members of the All Saints Capital Fundraising Leadership Team presented the check January 30 to Bishop vonRosenberg.
Read more here.
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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.
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
Dr. Walter Edgar and Dr. Amy McCandless speak with audience members at the conclusion of the "Women in the Church" conference January 24. See a photo album of the day's events.
'On the Side of History' series
More than 120 people filled the pews of the Episcopal Church in Okatie on January 24 to hear three presentations focusing on women and the church. The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina sponsored the event, the first of three conferences in the "On the Side of History" series.
Next conference: 'African Americans in the Church'
Registration is still open for the next two conferences in the series:
February 28: "African Americans in the Church" at St. Stephen's, North Myrtle Beach
March 21: "LGBT Persons in the Church" at St. Stephen's, Charleston
A visit with the Dean of Westminster Abbey
Our Bishop, the Right Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, spent some time with the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall (3rd from the left), on October 30 during his first visit to Charleston. Shown with them is the Rev. Philip Bryant (second from left), Pastor of the French Huguenot Church, where Dean Hall is speaking tonight; and the Rev. Canon Michael Wright, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston. Read more about the Dean's visit.
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.