Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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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.
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.
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.
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
224th Annual Diocesan Convention
(Video provided by Episcopal News Service)
Find more on the Convention Page, including the text of the Bishop's address and the sermon by the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga.
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.
'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.
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.