Dear Good People of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,
As you likely are aware, mediation conversations will begin in Charleston on Thursday, September 26, in hopes of implementing the decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court from August 2017.
I know many of you are already doing so, but I invite everyone in our Diocese, individually and when gathered together in worship, to lift up in prayer all parties at the mediation table. While your prayers will be your own, I will pray that all who are present at mediation will be open to the Spirit’s presence, respectful of the dignity of each and every being, and that we will begin earnest preparation for a future that brings us all together in the spirit of reconciliation and unity under God.
Going into this meeting has for me a feel very much like Advent, a time of waiting, a time preparing for what is not yet seen. So it is that Scripture often used in Advent comes to mind: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Isaiah 40:3). By grace this is what we will seek to do.
Blessings and peace to you in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III
Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina
Bishop Skip Adams
The Right Reverend Gladstone B. Adams III was elected and invested as our Bishop on September 10, 2016. Read more about him here.