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Standing Committee Responds to Province IV Bishops' Request to Meet with Bishop Lawrence PDF Print E-mail

On Friday, December 9, 2011 the Standing Committee responded to the December 5th letter from Bishop Clifton Daniel, acting as Vice-President of Province IV. The letter, whose text is below, summarizes the unanimous belief of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina regarding the issues raised by Bishop Daniel's letter. It is asked that the people of the Diocese keep the scheduled Wednesday afternoon, (December 14th) meeting of Bishop Lawrence with the representative bishops in your prayers.

The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis
Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
Canon to the Ordinary

Province IV Bishops Publically Request Meeting with Bishop Lawrence PDF Print E-mail

On December 5, the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, acting as Vice President of Province IV of The Episcopal Church, contacted Bishop Lawrence to request a meeting with other bishops of the Province to discuss the release of quitclaim deeds by the Diocese of South Carolina. The letter, which the Province IV Bishops released to the media, posted here, requests a detailed explanation of the actions of the Bishop and Standing Committee, as well as the occasion for a personal meeting between Bishop Lawrence and a representative group of Province IV bishops to discuss their concerns.

That meeting will be held on the afternoon of December 14. In addition, the Standing Committee of the Diocese is drafting a response to this new development. While the significance of this request will take time to become clear, I commend it to you as a subject for fervent prayer as a Diocese while we wait for the clarity which time will bring.

The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis
Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
Canon to the Ordinary


An Important Message from the Chair of the Diocesan Finance Department PDF Print E-mail

10_10_10Dear Friends,

I write to you about tithing, as chairman of the Diocesan Finance Department, as a lifelong Episcopalian, and as a Christian head of my household.

Some years ago, Bishop Salmon changed the approach to giving in the Diocese, teaching and emphasizing the Biblical tithe. We preach the tithe for the spiritual health of all Christians, and we agreed to a ten-ten-ten approach. Tithe by parishioners of 10% of their income to their own parish, a tithe of 10% of parish income to the diocese, and a tithe of 10% of diocesan income to outreach, whether to the national church, or to missions outside our own.

Many, many of our friends do tithe. They have found, as my family and I have found, that it is spiritually rewarding, liberating even, to tithe. For myself, I heard early in my Christian walk that I never feel as rich as when I tithe. It has certainly proven to be true for me.

Bishop Lawrence Writes to the Diocese About Disciplinary Board Decision PDF Print E-mail

The following is a letter to the Diocese of South Carolina from the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence:

November 29, 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to you in this season of Advent when we await with eagerness the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in great glory to judge both the living and the dead, even while we prepare to celebrate his birth among us so long ago in that unlikely place and with an unimaginable wonder and unspeakable grace—the Word made flesh.  In this season of hope we also rejoice in his daily visitation.  To that end it is with such hope that I report to you that late yesterday afternoon I received a phone call from Bishop Dorsey Henderson, President of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops, regarding their ruling on my case which has been before them for several months.  In a conference of the board members on November 22nd the Disciplinary Board was unable to certify that I had abandoned the Episcopal Church.  While the statement leaves many questions unanswered—frankly, to my mind it appears to read like a complex statement of a complex decision in a complex time within a complex church.  Nevertheless, I believe it is best to take it at face value (even while noting that this diocese has not recognized the constitutionality of the new disciplinary canon).  For now given no more allegations from anonymous sources within the diocese it is my hope we can all get back to focusing our full attention on proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit and to Glory of God the Father that the Church here in the Diocese of South Carolina may add daily to its number those who are being saved.  

Employment Verification Requirements Effective January 1, 2012 PDF Print E-mail

The Diocesan Office recently received the following employment verification notice from McKay, Kiddy & Associates. We want to ensure that every church in the diocese is in compliance with these requirements which go into effect January 1, 2012. Note, these do not replace a background check, but are in conjunction with an I-9 which must be kept on file. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at (843) 722-4075.

Thank you,

Nancy Armstrong
Diocesan Administrator

You Must Verify All New Hires through E-Verify Effective January 1, 2012
Amendments to the "South Carolina Illegal Immigration and Reform Act" were signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on June 27, 2011.  The amended law requires all employers to enroll in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system beginning January 1, 2012 and to verify the legal status of all new employees through E-Verify within three business days.  Failure to enroll in and use E-Verify to verify new hires will result in probation for the employer or suspension/revocation of the employer's business licenses. 

Verification Requirements
In addition to completing and maintaining the federal employment eligibility verification form, more commonly known as the Form I-9, all South Carolina employers must within three business days after employing a new employee:

1.Verify the employee's work authorization through the E-Verify federal work authorization program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
2.Employers may no longer confirm a new employee's employment authorization with a driver's license or state identification card.
E-Verify  E-Verify is a free Internet-based system maintained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  E-Verify compares the information an employee provides on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against millions of government records maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.  The database generally provides results in three to five seconds. If the information matches, the employee is eligible to work in the United States. If there's a mismatch, E-Verify will alert the employer and the employee will be allowed to work while he or she resolves the problem.  To enroll in E-Verify, go to

Employment of Unauthorized Alien Prohibited
Section 41-8-30 provides that a private employer who knowingly or intentionally employs an unauthorized alien violates the private employer's licenses.

Failure to Comply
For a first occurrence by a private employer, prior to July 1, 2012, of failure to verify a new hire through the E-Verify federal work authorization program within three business days, an employer must swear or affirm in writing to the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that the employer has complied with the provisions of the federal law covering employment of unauthorized aliens (8 U.S.C. Section 1324a) from January 1, 2012 until notification by LLR of a violation, and comply with the state law on verification of new hires within three business days.
For a first occurrence by a private employer, after July 1, 2012, of failure to verify a new hire through the E-Verify federal work authorization program within three business days, the Department of LLR must place the employer on probation for a period of one year, during which time the private employer must submit quarterly reports to the agency demonstrating compliance with the law.  A subsequent violation within three years of the law's verification requirements must result in the suspension of the private employer's licenses for at least 10 days but not more than 30 days.    
A private employer who knowingly or intentionally employs an unauthorized alien must have his licenses suspended by the Department of LLR on a first occurrence for at least 10 days but not more than 30 days.  During the period of suspension, the private employer may not engage in business, open to the public, employ an employee, or otherwise operate.  The private employer's licenses are reinstated when the employer demonstrates that the unauthorized alien has been terminated, and pays a reinstatement fee equal to the cost of investigating and enforcing the matter, not to exceed $1,000.  For a second occurrence, the employer's licenses must be suspended for at least 30 days but not more than 60 days. Following a third occurrence, the private employer's licenses are revoked.

For More Information
To read the law and to learn about upcoming training programs across the state, go to: www.llronline
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