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A Breath of Fresh Air; 224th Convention Emphasizes Moving Forward
“A breath of fresh air,” was how the Rev. Louise Weld, Associate Rector at St. James, Charleston, described the 224th annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, which was held in Charleston, March 13-14, 2015. “I felt like there was a big emphasis on evangelism and sharing your story,” said Weld, “in the Bishop’s address, in presentations, in video clips. There was a new thrust - a breath of fresh air. We’ve moved on and are about the Lord’s work!”
Workshops and Worship
The convention kicked off Friday afternoon with six workshops open to the public offered at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
223rd Convention Wrap-up: Diocese Formalizes Worldwide Anglican Ties
223rd Convention Votes to Accept Provisional Primatial Oversight from bishops in the Global South
The Diocese of South Carolina voted unanimously to join the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) and temporarily enter into a formal ecclesiastical relationship known as provisional primatial oversight from bishops in the Global South during their 223rd Annual Convention held at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC, March 14-15, 2014.
Nearly 400 people attended the weekend gathering where delegates and clergy also voted to create a task force to explore more permanent affiliation options for the diocese. The task force will offer recommendations at the next Convention, which will be held in March 2015.
Local critics of the Diocese’s 2012 separation from The Episcopal Church had said the disassociation would isolate the Diocese from the Global Anglican Communion. While the Diocese has maintained many informal relationships with organizations that are part of the communion, this formal primatial oversight arrangement makes clear that the Diocese is officially part of the greater Anglican Church.
Convention Workshops Kick Off Weekend
The Diocese kicked off the weekend with four workshops open to the public. The Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon, Diocesan Canon Theologian unpacked “The Jerusalem Declaration: Owning our Faith and Call,” preparing delegates and clergy for the vote that would come the next day. The Rev. Canon Winfield Bevins of Kardia Church Planting and Re:Missioning Initiative spoke on Re:Missioning Your Church 10 Vital Signs of Church Health. The Rev. Dr. Joel Scandrett, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology & Director of the Robert E. Webber Center at Trinity School for Ministry spoke on Christian Faith Formation: Ancient Resources for Future Discipleship and Langdon Stewart, who is on staff at Church of our Saviour, Johns Island, spoke on Evangelism.
“Kendall did a superb job explaining the background of the Jerusalem Declaration,” said Bill McRee, a parishioner from St. John’s, Florence, who was elected to serve on the Advancement Society. “He explained how it came to be written and how it enables the Diocese to move forward working with other provinces making biblical Anglicans for a global age.” Download Canon Harmon's talk.
All Resolutions Brought to Vote Pass with Overwhelming Majority
All resolutions brought to the floor of the 223rd Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, March 15, 2014 passed by an overwhelming majority. R-2 Discernment of Provincial Affiliation and R-3 Response to Offer of Provisional Primatial Oversight both passed unanimously.
View the resolutions.
223rd Convention Election Results
Standing Committee(Three -year terms)
The Rev. Iain Boyd, The Rev. Mike Lumpkin, Karen Kusko and Rob Shelton;
Diocesan Council(Three-year terms)
The Rev. Janet Echols, The Rev. Bob Horowitz, Kathy Hamilton and Chuck Wilson;
Advancement Society(three-year terms):
The Rev. Marcus Kaiser, Bill McRee and Mary Rife;
TrusteesReid Boylston, Scott Poelker
(one-year unexpired term)
Ecclesiastical Court(three-year term):
The Rev. Linda Manuel, The Rev. Bill Oldland, John Acken and Ann Willis.
Diocese of South Carolina Aims to "Go Far" in "Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age"
By Joy Hunter, Director of Communications, Diocese of South Carolina
“'If you want to go fast travel alone. But if you want to go far travel together.'” The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, quoted this African proverb in his address to the 221st Convention to the Diocese held March 9-10, 2012. He intends for the Diocese to go far in “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age,” and he doesn’t intend to go alone.
The convention, attended by over 450 and held in Charleston at both St. Philip’s Church (on Friday) and the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul (on Saturday), had a decidedly global emphasis, with speakers and video messages from Anglican partners around the world.
The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, retired Bishop of Rochester and current Diocesan Visiting Bishop for Anglican Communion Relationships, gave a pre-convention seminar on “The Uniqueness of Christ in a Pluralist World.” Nazir-Ali invited participants to see Christ through the lens of various cultures, showing how those from regions and religions different from our own, see Christ in a totally different way. On Saturday, he updated convention participants on the state of Anglicanism in the various regions in which he ministers. (Download audio: Part 1, Part 2)
Daffodil Garden Planted in Honor of the Rev. Bob H...
Fr. Bob Horowitz was surprised by the St. Jude's Church family by the planting of a daffodil garden in his honor after services on December 11