Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Getting ready for General Convention
Deputies from The Episcopal Church in South Carolina are getting ready for the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. We've launched a new blog to track our journey to #GC78 and share information with our diocese. Read and follow it here: episcopalsc.blogspot.com
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.
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.
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.
Appeals court denies breakaway group’s motion in federal lawsuit
April 29, 2015
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today denied a petition for rehearing filed by attorneys for Mark Lawrence, affirming its March 31 ruling in favor of Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina that sent vonRosenberg v. Lawrence back to U.S. District Court in Charleston.
The one-page ruling from the appeals court comes only 15 days after the petition for rehearing was filed by attorneys who are representing Bishop Lawrence and others who have left The Episcopal Church. Read more here.
SC Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal
April 15, 2015
The South Carolina Supreme Court today granted The Episcopal Church in South Carolina’s motion and will hear the appeal of a circuit court decision giving the name and property of the local Episcopal Church diocese to a breakaway group.
The court also denied a motion from the breakaway group for a greatly expedited schedule in the case, and set September 23, 2015 as the date for oral arguments in the case, saying that no extensions would be granted. TECSC had asked the court to take the case, bypassing the state Court of Appeals, in an effort to avoid expense and delay for all parties. Read more here.
February 4, 2015:
A Pastoral Letter
from Bishop vonRosenberg
Read the letter 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.
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
See photos from the opening Sunday of the exhibition in this online photo album.
Wayne Helmly, music director of St. Stephen's, Charleston, greets Bishop vonRosenberg after giving a talk at the "LGBT in the Church" conference.
'On the Side of History'
St. Stephen's, Charleston hosted the "LGBT in the Church" conference on March 21. See a photo album of the day's events. It was the third and final part of the "On the Side of History" educational conference sponsored by the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina.
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.
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