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Are you called to serve? Convention Nominations Open
The attached letter from the Committee Chairman, the Rev. Karl Burns, contains a nomination form with 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.
Advent Spiritual Retreat with Bishop Lawrence
Snyder Recipient of the Inaugural Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement
The final chapter of John Stott’s classic text, Between Two Worlds, is devoted to two personal characteristics which he judged to be essential to the task of Christian preaching: courage and humility.
It is through the balance of these two traits that Christian preachers can faithfully execute their stewardship as ministers of the Gospel. He writes, “The Christian preacher is to be neither a speculator who invents new doctrines which please him, nor an editor who excises old doctrines which displease him, but a steward, God’s steward, dispensing faithfully to God’s household the truths committed to him in the Scriptures, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else.” (p. 323–4)
"Beauty, intimacy and adventure are hints of home," says Boa
“All of us have broken stories,” said Boa. “How is yours broken?”
He began retelling a story of Martin Laird’s which tells of a dog who when set free simply ran in circles, because it had lived most of its life in a cage. “We buy into a false narrative,” said Boa.
Boa urged us to see our stories embedded into God’s story of redemption and new creation. “Christ took our sins and gave us his righteousness. It’s the best deal ever!”
“We put our trust in Jesus for our eternal salvation, but then put our trust in the world for everything else. That’s nuts!” he said. “It’s all upside down.”
Boa said that beauty, intimacy and adventure are hints of home – of what we were created for and that this current life is a prelude of a greater life to come.
South Carolina Clergy Meet to Continue ACNA Affiliation Discernment
Over 100 clergy were present for the meeting, which focused primarily on discernment issues surrounding the Diocese’s process towards affiliation with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
At the most recent Diocesan Convention this past March, the Affiliation Task Force recommended the Diocese affiliate with ACNA. The day-long clergy gathering was spent outlining the ACNA structure, the process of affiliation and the steps that need to be taken to move forward. The clergy were urged to share the information with their parishes. The Diocese will put the affiliation question to a vote at the upcoming Diocesan Convention in March of 2017.
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