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Open Letter from Bishop Skilton PDF Print E-mail
The Rt. Rev. Bill SkiltonOn December 12, the Rt. Rev. William Skilton, retired suffragan bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina released an “Open Letter to the Faithful Anglicans/Episcopalians in Lower South Carolina” in which he shared correspondence he’d received from Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, the provisional bishop of TECinSC and his response. Bp. Skilton has been directed to no longer function in any sacramental capacity in any TEC congregation in South Carolina.   Bp. Skilton had sought to minister in a reconciling way with parishes in both dioceses (though functioning as a bishop in neither).  This action will effectively end that dual ministry.  He will, nonetheless, continue to be a welcome guest among parishes in the Diocese of South Carolina and we look forward to his continued sacramental ministry among us.


 
Upcoming Mission Trips PDF Print E-mail

Mission to Ethiopia, February 2015, November 2015


The Church of Our Saviour is sponsoring two mission trips in the upcoming year to Ethiopia.  These will be small teams of 8 people each and will primarily focused on the Gambella region of Ethiopia.  Although we will be sponsoring these teams, they will also be open to others from within the Diocese.  We are sending these teams to assist Bishop Grant and Wendy LeMarquand in the building of a mission base and theological training centre in Gambella.

The trips will be of 8 days duration; one trip will be over the first week in February, 2015 and the other over the first week in November, 2015.  Both trips are scheduled to coincide with Mother's Union and Diocesan Conferences so much of the Ethiopian leadership will be present.  We will need men and women, clergy and laity, experienced and novice, young and wise.  You will need to be healthy and willing to accommodate moderate levels of discomfort.  We need those who can teach, have library skills, construction experience, medical skills, musicians and logistical talents.  Approximate costs are $3,000 per person including airfares.  Deadline for application for the first trip is November 24, 2014 and for the second trip September 1, 2015.

Further details will be available upon application (final costs, flight details, visa applications, immunizations, etc). Some training and gathering for prayer in advance of the trip will be required. We are reviewing Ebola and other security issues in the region and will not send the team if there is recognizable risk.  At present there are no cases of Ebola in the area.  You may wish to review the conditions and work of the Diocese of the Horn of Africa at: http://dioceseofegypt.org/.  Download the application.



 
2015 Convention Nominations Sought PDF Print E-mail

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.

 
Clergy Gather at St. Christopher for Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail

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One hundred clergy gathered at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center October 27-29, 2014 for the Annual Diocesan Clergy Conference. The first half of the Conference was led by the Rt. Rev. Ken Clarke, retired bishop of the diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh in the Church of Ireland and current Director of SAMS Ireland and UK. His three talks on the life of St. Peter focused on how Jesus sees us, that failure is not final and our response to Jesus’ question, “Do you love me?” Audio recordings of his talks can be found here.
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Recognizing Veterans Sunday PDF Print E-mail

soldier saluting flagRecognize our Veterans, Active Military and their Families on Sunday, November 9


In the 1960s and 70s, a popular TV public service announcement aired at 11 pm: "Do you know where your children are?"  Today, we need to ask, "Do you know where our service members are?" They're around the world, conducting missions from humanitarian assistance, to keeping midnight watch, to some in perilous operations.  They're in the air, on land, and at sea.

Our diocese is blessed with many military families, and countless retirees and veterans and their families. On Nov 9, the Sunday before Veteran's Day, we ask that you remember and say a prayer of thanksgiving and for God's safety for all those who have served our nation, all those still serving, and especially for their families.

Eternal God, protect and assist all those, at home and abroad, by land, by sea, or by air, who are serving our nation.  We especially thank you for all those who have served this nation, this good land Thou hast given us.  We ask special blessings for their families who also bear, and have faithfully borne, additional untold sacrifices.  Almighty God, watch over them, and cause them to know that none can pluck from Thy hand those who put their trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

To learn more about ministering to those in the military and their families, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it USAF, Ret., Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, Military Outreach Ministry
 
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