Episcopalians prepare for 224th Annual Convention
More than 300 delegates, clergy and visitors from 30 Episcopal congregations across eastern South Carolina will gather in Charleston November 14-15 for the 224th Annual Convention of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
The Right Reverend James Tengatenga, a distinguished leader and teacher in the worldwide Anglican Communion, is the preacher for the Convention Eucharist on Friday. (Read more about Bishop Tengatenga here.) The liturgy is open to the public; seating is expected to be limited.
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of the diocese, will call the convention to order at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Holy Communion, 218 Ashley Ave. Bishop vonRosenberg will be the celebrant at the Convention Eucharist that begins immediately after the opening business session.
Convention-goers are preparing a joyous welcome for three new worship groups that have applied to be formally recognized as missions: The East Cooper Episcopal Church, The Episcopal Church in Okatie, and the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Myrtle Beach. If approved by delegates at Saturday’s business session, they will join the 27 parishes and missions already in union with the Convention.
The Convention theme is “The World to Christ We Bring,” and more than 100 people are registered to attend an all-day workshop on Friday led by the Rev. Thomas L. Brackett, The Episcopal Church’s Missioner for Church Planting, Ministry Redevelopment and Fresh Expressions of Church.
Other business scheduled to come before the Convention includes:
• Approval of a 2015 budget. As in 2014, the diocese expects to operate without grants or loans from The Episcopal Church, thanks to strong support from continuing Episcopalians, and in fact will send support to TEC according to the formula used by other dioceses churchwide.
• Revisions to the Constitution and Canons of the diocese. In recent years, breakaway church leaders who were dissatisfied with TEC had revised these documents to remove references to the Church. Delegates will vote on final approval of changes that acknowledge the diocese as part of the wider church and bring its governing documents in line with the TEC Constitution and Canons.
• Elections. Lay people and clergy will be elected to serve on the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council; a lay trustee for The University of the South at Sewanee also will be chosen.
• The annual address by the Bishop. Bishop vonRosenberg will give his annual address to the Convention on Saturday.
As part of the diocesan commitment to local and global outreach, the offering at the Friday night Eucharist is designated to be given to:
• Episcopal Relief & Development, the international relief and humanitarian organization of The Episcopal Church, and
• Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, which provides pastoral care and counseling in the Lowcountry for employees and families of first responders, as well as the general public.
Convention organizers are offering ways for delegates and visitors to interact through social media before, during and after Convention: On Twitter and Instagram(@TECinSC, #SC224) and on Facebook (facebook.com/episcopalchurchsc).
The agenda and other documents to be considered at the Convention are available to download and review online. Updates also will be posted on the main website (episcopalchurchsc.org) as the Convention proceeds.
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