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Bishop Lawrence Elected a Cummins Theological Seminary Trustee
This is an historic moment in the reconciliation of these two dioceses. The Reformed Episcopal Diocese began in 1874 when former slaves, after the Civil War and Reconstruction, were not allowed to worship in the parishes of the Diocese of South Carolina. They sought refuge in the newly founded (1873) Reformed Episcopal Church (REC). These former slaves wrote to the Rt. Rev. George D. Cummins, founding bishop of the REC, and the General Council, asking for a church home in the REC.
"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.
St. Philip's to Welcome the Rev. Jeff Miller as Rector
The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, which includes 53 churches in the eastern part of SC, will officiate and preach at the service.
Miller comes to St. Philip’s from the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort where he served as a senior associate from 1999 to 2005; from 2005 to present, he served as their rector. He is currently a candidate for a doctor of ministry degree at Trinity School for Ministry and received his masters in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is married to the former Kristin Lynne Frazier of Greensboro, N.C. and they have four children.
Charleston Couple Experience First Year at Seminary Together
At the urging of their rector, Brother Dallas Wilson and his wife, Sister Janie, of St. John’s Chapel, Charleston, and the encouragement of Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Diocese of S.C. to follow God’s lead, the 40-something Rivers were soon on their way to Ambridge, Pa. for their first of three years at Trinity School for Ministry. The whole adventure was both overwhelming and exciting as they packed their household and headed to their new assignment in ministry.
As a former dean of Trinity, I was able to encourage them a bit when we talked a year ago. But it all still sounded like a trip to Mars. I plied them with questions and simply let them talk.