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Lawrence Delivers Cummins Seminary Commencement Address
On Saturday May 12th, Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary held its 2017 Commencement at Bethel AME Church in Summerville. The Commencement speaker was Bishop Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina. The seminary had five graduates this year: Burnie Mae Barnes, SanRoman King, Anna Marie Spells, Nadine M. Stanley, and Syphio Whack.
Photo, left to right: Syphio Whack, Nadine Stanley, SanRoman King, Anna Marie Spells, Burnie Mae Barnes.
Bishop Lawrence to Address at Cummins Seminary Commencement
In September, 2016, Bishop Lawrence was elected to the Board of Trustees of the seminary by the Synod of the Reformed Episcopal Diocese of the Southeast. Also, during this academic year the seminary added three new members to the Faculty -- The Rev. Dr. George Gatgounis, instructor in Biblical Hebrew; Fr. John Panagiotou, instructor in New Testament Greek, and the Rev. Dr. Charles Echols, adjunct professor of Old Testament.
During the Commencement, Seminary President, the Very Rev. Dr. Julius Barnes, will award degrees and diplomas to five graduating students. Nadine M. Stanley, of Charleston, will receive the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. The Diploma in Theology will be awarded to SanRoman King of Summerville; Anna Marie Spells of Ridgeville; and Syphio Whack of Ladson. Burnie Mae Barnes, of St. Stephen, will receive a Certificate in Biblical Studies.
Lawrence Preaches at Clergy Renewal of Vows Service
Bishop Mark Lawrence cautioned the clergy about “doing more for God while spending precious little time with God” in his sermon at the Clergy Renewal of Vows service held April 6 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, in Charleston. “We are doing more and enjoying it less,” he said. “Rare is the priest who doesn’t take it as a compliment when someone says, ‘You are the busiest person I know.‘”
226th Convention Summary: Diocese Votes to Affiliate with ACNA
Listen to the Bishop's address, the Convention sermon, view the videos and the convention photo album in the Convention media collection..
“What a simply wonderful, uplifting, exciting and spiritually led convention,” said John Benson, a lay-delegate from Prince George Winyah, Georgetown. “I was enriched by the workshops, Friday's service, the uniting sermon and, of course, the working of the Holy Spirit throughout the Saturday convention. Archbishop Foley Beach's appearance was the icing on the cake.”
Diocese of South Carolina Votes to Affiliate with the ACNA
“I cast my vote to affiliate with the ACNA with eager and expectant faith,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of South Carolina in his address to the convention. “I believe God has called us to this and I believe we will find a deeper richness in our vocation; fuller fellowship in the Spirit; a more zealous thrust in mission. But most of all, I believe a door will be opened, the fresh winds of the Spirit will blow, and a caged eagle will soar.”
Affiliation with the ACNA brings the Diocese into full communion with an organization of 111,853 members in 966 churches and 32 dioceses spread across Canada, the United States, and Mexico.