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Standing Committee Releases Statement Regarding General Convention PDF Print E-mail

Declaration of the Standing Committee

The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina

June 15, 2012

View a signed copy of this document.

1. As the Standing Committee of the sovereign Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, we view with dismay and great sadness what appears to be the inevitable outcome of the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, that is, the official approval of a rite for the blessing of same-gender unions. This is a defining moment in the life of the Episcopal Church, being the first formal adoption of doctrine, discipline and worship which are contrary to the unequivocal mandate of Holy Scripture, the historic Christian faith, Anglican doctrine, and the pronouncements of the four instruments of Anglican unity. Furthermore, the adoption of such a rite at General Convention contravenes the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and the Book of Common Prayer, and in so doing reveals the bankruptcy of our own polity and institutional integrity.
Renovated Cathedral Courtyard Dedicated in Honor of Bishop Allison PDF Print E-mail
When Bishop FitzSimons Allison announBishop and Mrs. Allison with Bishop Lawrenceced his retirement as the head of the Mere Anglicanism Conference, many discussions followed about how to best honor his commitment to both this international forum and his decades of work for the Diocese of South Carolina. Meetings and phone conversations between Bishop Mark Lawrence, Dean Peet Dickinson, and Dean William McKeachie resulted in the realization there was no real landmark in the Diocese named in honor of Bishop Allison.  +Fitz is an outdoorsman and a lover of conversation, debate, and friendship, and a place that could somehow combine these personality traits seemed the most desirable. The decision was made that renovating the courtyard within the Cathedral close and dedicating it to him would be an appropriate gesture.
100 Bicycles for Uganda PDF Print E-mail
BikeRecently Bishop Lawrence met with Bishop Johnson Gakumba of the Diocese of Northern Uganda. Out of that meeting arose plans for Peter Rothermel, Diocesan Coordinator for Faith Formation, to use a portion of his sabbatical to offer a Men’s Conference in Uganda in June. To allow for wider participation of the clergy of his diocese, and to assist them in their continuing ministry, Bishop Johnson asked if the Diocese of South Carolina could help with the purchase of 100 bicycles that would be provided to his clergy.  One bicycle costs $100 and can provide years of transportation and extended outreach potential to a Ugandan pastor.  One parish already responded to this opportunity with the purchase of 50 bicycles.  Can you purchase one more?  If you can help in this effort, Donate here. Be sure to note "Bicycles for Uganda" under "purpose."
Bishop Skilton Conference Center Consecrated in Dominican Republic PDF Print E-mail
The Rt. Rev. William Skilton and the Rev. Marshall Huey in front of Skilton Conference CenterBy the Rev. Marshall Huey, Rector, Old St. Andrew’s, Charleston

Episcopal bishops from across the Caribbean, Central and South America gathered in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, in early March for their annual Synod.  What made this Synod extra special was the closing Eucharist, at which the Obispo (Bishop) Skilton Conference Center was consecrated and named. 

Bishop Bill has served the Diocese of the Dominican Republic as Assistant Bishop under the direction and pastoral leadership of Obispo Holguin since 2007.  During these six years, Bishop Skilton has confirmed several hundred Dominicans into the Dominican Episcopal Church, has crisscrossed the beautiful island nation countless times, has welcomed (and entertained!) many mission groups who travel to the DR to serve there, and, most importantly, has shared his enthusiasm for the Gospel of Christ with all whom he has encountered.
The Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand to Serve as Suffragan Bishop for the Horn of Africa PDF Print E-mail

A Message from the Bishop of South Carolina

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings in the strong name of Jesus Christ who calls us each to mission for his Kingdom and his Church.

I trust that you know that one of dioceses we have entered into a mutually enriching missional relationship with is the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.  Therefore when I read recently that the Reverend Dr. Grant LeMarquand, a professor at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, was chosen as a Suffragan Bishop to the Most Reverend Mouneer Anis I was delighted.  Grant is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada who has been teaching New Testament here in the United States but he has also had extensive experience in mission as well.  Now his new duty will be the Suffragan Bishop of the Horn of Africa.  He will be doing a wide array of ministry in this position.  He needs to raise his own stipend and support.  I must say I was quite delighted when I read of the appointment--even though I had a hint of it sometime in advance.

To that end he will be visiting our diocese from March 8--19th and will be our preacher at the opening Eucharist on Friday evening.  Fr. Greg Snyder has booked his schedule and already it looks to be quite full. (View schedule.) Nevertheless, any time you can spend with him to hear more specifically about his new work (most likely it will need to be during our time at Diocesan Convention), as well as any funds you might be able to encourage the missions or outreach committees of your parish to pledge to this important calling he has accepted will be greatly appreciated.  I am also certain he would love to be assured of your prayers.   I believe this is one further way that we in the Diocese of South Carolina can continue to fulfill our vision of Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age.

How we can help:

The LeMarquands have set up a missions support fund with SAMS (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders).  You can visit their website,  for additional information on how to donate, whether it be a one-time gift, or a monthly gift. If you would prefer, you can send a check directly to:

PO Box 399
Ambridge, PA  15003
Memo line: Grant and Wendy LeMarquand

If your parish would like to explore partnering with the Diocese of Egypt, you can contact Grant directly, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Lawrence Signature
The Right Reverend Mark Lawrence
South Carolina

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