Episcopalians to meet at 225th Annual Diocesan Convention November 13-14
November 10. 2015
More than 300 delegates, clergy and visitors from 30 Episcopal congregations across eastern South Carolina will gather to worship, celebrate and conduct the business of the diocese November 13-14 at the 225th Annual Convention of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, to be held at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.
The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Gillies of Scotland is the preacher for the opening Convention Eucharist on Friday. He is Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, one of the seven historic dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. (Find Bishop Gillies’ biographical information 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 5:00 p.m. Friday for a brief business session, and will be the Celebrant for the Convention Eucharist immediately after the session. Business will resume on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
The Convention theme is “The Call to All,” and more than 100 people are registered for five different workshops being offered on Friday on topics such as digital media and Christian formation, disaster planning for churches, and identifying spiritual gifts. An all-day preaching workshop for clergy is being offered at the same time.
Convention-goers expect to celebrate a new status for St. Mark’s in Port Royal. After significant growth in membership and resources, this mission church serving the Beaufort area is applying for recognition as a parish of the diocese, a status change that delegates will vote upon Saturday.
Other business scheduled to come before the Convention includes:
- Approval of a 2016 budget. As in 2015, 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 church-wide.
- A proposal to designate Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston as the cathedral of the diocese, to be known as “Grace Church Cathedral.” Grace currently houses the offices of the Bishop and diocesan staff and serves as host for a variety of diocesan events.
- A revised Diocesan Alcohol Policy, reflecting changes passed by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church last summer.
- Elections. Lay people and clergy will be elected to serve on the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council; a clergy trustee for The University of the South at Sewanee also will be chosen.
- The Bishop’s annual address. Bishop vonRosenberg will address the Convention on Saturday.
As part of the diocesan commitment to outreach, the offering at the Friday night Eucharist is designated for flood relief funds through Episcopal Relief & Development, the international relief and humanitarian organization of The Episcopal Church, and the Black River United Way Flood Relief Fund.
Convention organizers are offering ways for delegates and visitors to interact through social media before, during and after Convention: On Twitter and Instagram(@TECinSC, #SC225) and on Facebook (facebook.com/episcopalchurchsc).
Documents to be considered at the Convention are available to download and review online here. Updates also will be posted on the main website (episcopalchurchsc.org) as the Convention proceeds.
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