Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Social Media Sunday: September 25
Social Media Sunday is the day set aside for Christians everywhere to use digital devices intentionally to share their life of faith with the world. The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, together with many individuals and congregations, is participating for the third year. Please join us in some "digital evangelism" on September 25 and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media, using the hashtags #SMS16 and #Episcopal.
Resources and more information are here.
Special Convention and the welcoming of our new Provisional Bishop
Watch video of Bishop Wolfe's sermon at Saturday's service (Read the text here)
See photos of the Special Convention and Installation of Bishop Adams
See photos from Friday's reception
for Bishop and Mrs. Adams
...plus more on the Special Convention page.
On September 10, 2016, the Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III was elected by acclamation and installed as Provisional Bishop of the diocese.
Read more about the Bishop here.
As a new academic year began, the bishops of the SC Bishops' Public Education Initiative issued a back-to-school letter focusing on how churches can support public education in South Carolina.
Visit this page to find out more.
Connect a student
with campus ministry
Do you know a student who's headed to college in South Carolina this fall? Help connect them with Episcopal campus ministries at their schools by visiting our College Ministry Page. You'll find links and contact information for campus ministries for both of the Episcopal Church's dioceses in South Carolina, covering public and private colleges and universities across the state.
"Under One Roof" – thank you!
A big thank you to all the 160+ people who participated in this all-day event on June 11! It was a great day of sharing knowledge, resources and encouragement for all the congregations of our diocese.
To see photos of the day, and find resources shared by our workshop presenters, visit the Under One Roof Page.
'Strength in Weakness'
The latest edition of Carolina Grace, a journal of writings by Episcopalians in South Carolina, is now available. Copies can be found at Grace Church Cathedral and other congregations around the diocese, or you can download and read it online here.
The theme of this issue is “Strength in Weakness.” Many from around our diocese have written beautiful and moving reflections on our continued and collective journey since 2012. Print copies have been delivered to congregations, but for additional copies please call 843-723- 4575.
Lowcountry Giving Day: Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who supported The Episcopal Church in South Carolina during our first Lowcountry Giving Day! We have raised more than $7,000 so far, and checks are still coming in. We will update the total soon after as the final checks are collected. Your generosity has been inspiring! While we didn't reach our goal of 226 donors, we did receive double the average number of donors for organizations participating in #LGD16! Thank you.
SC Supreme Court appeal
Oral arguments in the appeal filed by our diocese and The Episcopal Church were heard in Columbia on Wednesday, September 23.Video of the hearing can be viewed here:
To see documents and news articles related to the case, visit our legal news page.
Federal court update:A federal judge’s decision to abstain from hearing a false-advertising lawsuit against the bishop of a breakaway group does not meet the “exceptional circumstances” test, and the case should be sent back to U.S. District Court in Charleston for trial, according to an opening brief filed Monday by attorneys for Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Read more here.
A Prayer for Reconciliation
Gracious and loving God of justice and compassion: We pray for your church caught in a crushing schism in South Carolina. We believe that you favor reconciliation in all situations; and we ask you to be with all parties involved in the case. We pray especially for the Justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court and the attorneys arguing the case: surround them all with your love and your truth; and bring this process to a just conclusion. Give all of us strength and courage to act and pray in ways that can lead toward reconciliation. Help us be agents of your reconciliation with our friends on both sides of this dispute. We ask all this in the Name of the Holy Reconciler, Jesus your Son. Amen.
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
In the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, many of our congregations will offer special services in October for blessing our pets and giving thanks for God's creation.
Find a listing of services here.
Looking for a church?
For a list of Episcopal parishes and missions, click here. The map below shows the parishes and missions of The Episcopal Church in our diocese. Click on the map for a larger view, or download a printable PDF version.
Make a donation
Your support for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is greatly appreciated! We're now able to accept online gifts to the diocese via PayPal. To begin, click the button below. Planning ahead for year-end giving? Check out these tips on our giving page.)
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.
Presiding Bishop Curry's