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Mere Anglicanism - "Biggest and Best Ever" PDF Print E-mail
“Sumptuous” Is the word the Rev. Dr. Peter Moore used to describe this years’ Mere Anglicanism  Conference held January 20-22 at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston. Over 200 participated in the sixth annual Conference held, this year, in honor of the 12th Bishop of South Carolina, the Rt. Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison.

“Over half a century ago Dr. ‘Fitz’ Allison began preaching, teaching, and writing about the Word of God’s Grace in ways that are still bearing fruit in Anglicanism today,” said Conference organizer and retired Dean of South Carolina, the Very Rev. William McKeachie. “This year’s Mere Anglicanism Conference, the biggest and best ever, was the church’s way of saying, ‘Thank you,’ to this amazing bearer and sharer of God’s Grace.” 
One Year Later, Haiti is Still Hurting PDF Print E-mail

Tent Camp in Port-au-PrinceA Message from Harmon B. Person, Our Diocesan Representative for Episcopal Relief & Development

Just one year ago, a devastating earthquake, lasting some 35 seconds, hit the Port-au-Prince area in Haiti.  Approximately 220,000 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of others were injured.  One and a half million people were made homeless, and much of the area was reduced to rubble.  The Diocese of Haiti, the largest diocese in the Episcopal Church, lost many of its churches, schools, and clinics, including its Cathedral. 

Through Episcopal Relief & Development, (ERD) the Church was able to help only a few days later.  Immediately after the earthquake, providing food, temporary shelter, and clothing were ERD’s primary objectives.  As the year moved on, ERD focused on community-based recovery projects.   Starting in year two, efforts will emphasize recovery and sustainable development.  Therefore, contributions made at this time primarily will be used in (1) providing clean water and sanitation, (2) building provisional houses for families in need, and (3) providing employment opportunities  for thousands of Haitians.  

You have read about the cholera outbreak in Haiti during the last several weeks.  There have been 3600 fatalities due to cholera and 170,000 reported cases so far.  Actually, if it were not for the efforts of ERD, Water Missions International, and other similar faith-based groups who have provided improvements in water and sanitation, those  figures would be much higher.

Some claim that the situation in Haiti is hopeless, citing long-term poverty and political corruption.  Anger, fear, and frustration are common.  Billions of dollars of promised aid from several countries, including the United States, have yet to arrive in Haiti.  Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean, a Haitian, surmised that animals in the United States live better than most people in Haiti.  ERD, however, is determined to help people put their lives back together.  ERD  is committed to the long-term recovery process in Haiti and will be doing God’s work there for many years. 

In order to assist in these efforts, of course,  Episcopalians have to provide the funds.  I cannot think of many places where your contributions will do more good than in Haiti. I should be clear:  Contributions made to ERD will be spent to help people in need.  They will not be used to rebuild churches or other facilities.  If you would like to be part of this effort, you can donate online earmarking your contribution to Haiti Relief. You may also mail a contribution to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058 Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.  A year ago, several churches and numerous individuals in the diocese responded to the request to help the people in Haiti through ERD.  We should do no less this year.

Convention Nominees Announced PDF Print E-mail
220th Convention NomineesThe Nominating Committee, chaired by the Rev. Arthur Jenkins, completed its work on December 15, 2010, at the Cathedral. The Committee was composed of clergy invited from every Deanery, laity serving in the major ministries of the Diocese and the diocesan ministry staff. With the insights that breadth of experience in the Diocese brings, the following slate of candidates has been offered, with the goal of providing the strongest possible leadership for the Diocese at this time. I ask that the delegates to convention please give their qualifications your prayerful consideration as you prepare for our annual synod. To the rest of the Diocesan family I extend the invitation to keep our gathering on February 18-19 in your daily prayers, that God’s will might be clearly discerned and faithfully accomplished on that day.

View the nominees.
A Christmas Message from Bishop Lawrence PDF Print E-mail

The birth of a boy was an occasion of great joy in First Century Palestine. When the time of the birth drew near so did family and friends. So also did the village musicians. They were as predictable as a band or DJ at a wedding reception. The musicians gathered near the house and the moment the birth was announced they broke into song—that is, if it was a boy. But if the birth was a girl, the musicians just went quietly away without plucking a string—they must have looked like vanquished athletes leaving the field. But if it was a boy it was as if the whole village had just won the state championship. With that in mind look again at the manger. 

An Advent Message from Bishop Lawrence PDF Print E-mail

A Director’s Notes for Choreographing Advent

       Drape the stage with purple, and also the footlights.  It is antiquities’ color for royalty, and preparing for royalty is what Advent is all about (though some troupes these days are using a blue tint).  It is not just that we prepare the audience during this season for an annual celebration of Christ’s birth, of course we do that. 

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