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Advent and Christmas Offerings Around the Diocese 2014
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:53
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Advent WreathThe following is a listing of special services and events held around the Diocese during Advent and Christmas. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service times visit individual church websites.

17th Annual Charleston TubaChristmas, Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, December 15

The Cathedral will be hosting TubaChristmas on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Come out in support of local amateur and professional tuba and euphonium players as they perform classic TUBACHRISTMAS carols. TubaChristmas Concerts are sponsored by and presented with permission from the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “developing, expanding, and preserving the music arts”. This performance is free and open to the public. Please come out in celebration of the holidays and enjoy this unique musical experience. Learn more.

Advent Lessons and Carols, St. Michael’s, Charleston, December 17

St. Michael’s will be holding their Advent Lessons and Carols Service on Wednesday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Crèche Festival Family Night, Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, December 17

On Wednesday, December 17, Christ Church will be displaying its own collection of creches lent to them by church parishioners. This event, inspired by the annual Crèche Festival at Mepkin Abbey, is a drop in between 5:30—7 p.m. A craft station will be set up for families to make their own crèche to take home. Questions? Contact Robin Quick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (843) 884.9189 x232.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 December 2014 09:54 )
2015 Convention Nominations Sought
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Friday, 07 November 2014 12:02
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223rd ConventionEach year at this time, the Clergy and other leaders of the Diocese are invited to provide suggestions to the Nominating Committee for those positions to be filled at the upcoming Diocesan Convention, which, this year, will be held March 13-14 in Charleston.  We have again expanded that invitation to participate in the process this year to include a larger representation of diocesan leaders and hope you will give prayerful consideration to those God may be calling to serve the Diocese.

The attached letter from the Committee Chairman, the Rev. Karl Burns, contains both a nomination form and a list of those positions to be filled at Convention. We're also including a list of who is currently and has recently served to help you in your discernment process.

Please send your suggestions to the Chairman of the Committee, by way of Beth Snyder in the Diocesan office by December 10th. The Committee will be convening in December to make its final recommendations for distribution well ahead of Convention. Working with the suggestions received, and often by further recruitment, the Committee will recommend a slate of nominations to the Convention.

Thanks in advance for your partnership with us in this important work of discernment.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:09 )
Diocesan Women's Ministries
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Saturday, 01 November 2008 00:00
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What's happening with Diocesan Women's Ministries?

Women praying during Bible studyOur council members (listed here), thought it was time to let you know what we’ve been up to and the next steps we believe God is calling us to. There have been questions as to when our next women’s retreat will be. Our next women’s retreat is in its planning and praying stage at this time. Having stated that, bear with us as we briefly try to explain what we mean!

The transformed Diocesan Women’s Ministries (DWM) council is finally walking away from the planning table and stepping out into what God has called us to do.  We are stepping away from traditional business-style meetings and meeting women where they are. We believe the council needs to take time and visit each church in the diocese.  We would like to meet with the clergy and with women’s ministry leaders and find out what’s available for women of all ages in each church and community.  We also want to personally discuss our new vision and mission for the DWM and explain that, with all our hearts, we are here to serve you.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:16 )
Trial Ends: Highlights from the Trial of the Diocese of SC vs. TEC and TECSC
Written by Joy Hunter and Jan Pringle   
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:30
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Plaintiff attorneys prepareBy Joy Hunter, Diocesan Communications Director and Jan S. Pringle, Public Relations Consultant

The three-week trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church (TEC) and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) ended July 25, with Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who presided, telling the parties what she wanted from them to assist in her deliberations.

Attorneys representing the Diocese, the Trustees and the Diocesan churches were given 30 days to create a three-page document describing the testimony given in court which explained the procedures they followed to legally separate from TEC, (such as amending their by-laws, giving notice of meetings, properly taking votes,  etc.) They were then to send those documents to the Court and to TEC and TECSC whose attorneys will have 30 days to respond in a similar fashion.

In essence, the judge’s last words reiterated what she said throughout the trial: The case will be decided on neutral principles of law, which means that the judge must apply the law to this case as it would any other – making no adjustments because it involves a religious organization. TEC and TECSC have opposed the application of neutral principles; essentially arguing that the judge should defer to their view on the issues since they are a religious organization.
Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 12:29 )
SC Court of Appeals Denies TEC Appeal
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 16:15
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Justices prevent TEC from using legal maneuver to delay court proceedings

CHARLESTON, SC, March 18, 2014 – The South Carolina Court of Appeals today rejected an appeal that would have delayed a trial in the Diocese of South Carolina lawsuit to protect diocesan and parish property from seizure by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local group, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC). 

The Court decided that TEC and TECSC could not appeal a lower court ruling on the process to be used in discovery.

The Court of Appeals effectively said it will not tolerate legal shenanigans to delay a trial to decide whether the denomination may seize South Carolina property, including churches and the diocesan symbols. In asking the Court of Appeals to dismiss the action, the Diocese of South Carolina argued that TECSC is appealing a court order that is “unappealable”.

South Carolina’s Court of Appeals justices agreed. 


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