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From Northern Nigeria to Northern Ireland; Third Anglican Leadership Institute Concludes
The Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. As I write some are still in the air, and some have landed and rejoined their families.
And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:
And on it goes. 16 marvelous people -- all Anglicans from 12 enormously different socio-economic situations living in cultures vastly different from each other. Yet all united in Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy of becoming a family. Our closing dinner was a time of deep prayer followed by hugs all around. Those Africans love to hug.
“The Pharisee Culture is Not Magnetic”
Sauls Challenges Churches to “Love People, Institutions and Cities to Life” at Listen & Speak Conference
There are three ways the Christian community can respond to society in a post-Christian age, according to Scott Sauls, speaker at the recent Listen & Speak conference held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston this past October. “Christians can compromise, they can judge, or they can bless and serve. Compromise is ineffective,” said Sauls. “Judging hurts things; all that’s left is loving and serving.”
Nominal Christianity is going away, according to Sauls, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Sauls went to Nashville after having spent five years on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with noted pastor and author Tim Keller.
Safeguarding God's Children Workshops Scheduled
It is with that purpose in mind that the Diocese offers the “Safeguarding God’s Children” workshops across the Diocese. The workshops continue to be led by Mrs. Polly Sosnowski, whose years of service as a licensed clinical social worker in South Carolina make her a marvelous resource for this training. The training provided will cover the necessary material to fulfill both diocesan canons and local parish guidelines. The next workshops offered are:
Tuesday, January 24 10:00 am -1:00 p.m.
Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island
2520 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
(843)883-3586 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to “register”
Saturday, January 28 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach
3000 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843)448-8426 or email Patty Von Schoppe (email@example.com ) to register
The cost is $5 per person for lunch provided.
Saturday, February 11 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston
126 Coming St,.Charleston, SC 29403
843.530.2669 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to register
If you have anyone in your parish who works regularly with children or youth, they must have this training. If you would be interested in being the host for such a workshop yourself, that would be blessing to your own parish as well as others nearby. On-line training is also a viable option for some parishes. Contact the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis at (843) 722-4075 to discuss what would work best for you, but do make sure your staff and volunteers are appropriately trained.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation in helping make the Diocese of South Carolina a safe place for all our children.
A Christmas Message from Bishop Lawrence
Homes for Christmas
There are many words associated with Christmas. A word association would yield various responses such as Christmas—presents, candles, tree, shopping, carols, Jesus. But I’d be surprised if in a group of twenty people at least one didn’t say—“home”. Christmas is one holiday most people want to celebrate at home—just ask one of our servicemen or women. The popular song of the WW II era expresses this sentiment well:
I’ll be home for Christmas/You can count on me
I’ll be home for Christmas/If only in my dreams.
Even among those who are not concerned about being “home” for the holidays, chances are they at least want to be with family or close friends. Certainly the heart of the Christmas message is not about home or even family, yet, when the angels first announced their message to the shepherds, “Fear not … for to you is born a savior who is Christ the Lord”, the breathless Bedouins did in fact find the Holy Family there around the manger. While perhaps not a house or an inn, the stable was a home—at least for the night!
It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas – Except It Isn't.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go.
Except it isn’t. In the Church, this is not the Christmas season. This is the Season of Advent.
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