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GAFCON Primates Communique PDF Print E-mail
The GAFCON Primates Council of the Anglican Communion recently met in London for prayer, fellowship and to help chart the future of global Anglicanism.  As active supporters of GAFCON and their work of reforming Anglicanism, we share with you their communiqué.

Legal Update: SC Supreme Court to Hear Appeal PDF Print E-mail
April 16, 2015 - Today is certainly an occasion for prayerful thanksgiving to God.  Late yesterday, we were informed that the South Carolina Supreme Court has accepted for review the appeal of Judge Diane Goodstein's final Feb. 3 ruling in our favor.  More significantly, the Court has said, "Oral argument in this matter will be held on September 23, 2015.  No extensions of time will be granted." It is of interest to note that this happens to be the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, in the Jewish calendar (Lev. 16:1-34).

While our motion to expedite the appeal was formally denied, we could not have received a more favorable outcome.  A few words about what this means.
State Supreme Court to Hear Appeal PDF Print E-mail
Today, April 15, 2015, the South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to take the appeal of Judge Goodstein's February 3rd ruling in favor of the Diocese of South Carolina and its parishes. We are grateful that the South Carolina Supreme Court acted so promptly to take jurisdiction of this case, just as it did when requested during the attempted procedural delays prior to the trial.  The more quickly the case is resolved, the more beneficial it will be for all parties, allowing us to get about the work of ministry without the incessant distraction of courtroom proceedings.
A Breath of Fresh Air; 224th Convention Emphasizes Moving Forward PDF Print E-mail
By Joy Hunter, Director of Communications

“A breath of fresh air,” was how the Rev. Louise Weld, Associate Rector at St. James, Charleston, described the 224th annual Convention of the The Rev. David Booman prays at ConventionDiocese 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.
Bishop Lawrence Challenges Diocese to Aim High; Encourages Advancement as Method of Consolidation in Convention Address PDF Print E-mail
By The Rev. James Gibson, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Grahamville

In his address to the 224th Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, Bishop Mark Lawrence outlined a plan for advancing the church's mission through starting new congregations, renewing an emphasis on evangelism, and cultivating a missional approach to ministry and life. It was a bold vision indicative of a diocese determined to move forward after several years of legal battles following its disaffiliation from The Episcopal Church (TEC). Using the acronym CAMEL, Bishop Lawrence mapped out the current landscape of the diocese under the five categories of Consolidation, Affiliation, Missionalization, Education, and Litigation.

Although some local parishes decided to remain with TEC after the diocese disaffiliated in 2012, the losses are being made up through the addition of new congregations. At last year's convention, Lawrence noted, Grace Church, Pawleys Island and Grace Church, North Myrtle Beach were welcomed into the diocese. This year, two more new congregations--Resurrection, North Charleston and St. James, Blackville--were welcomed as missions.
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