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An Urgent Message from the Bishop and Standing Committee PDF Print E-mail

Diocese of South Carolina LogoOctober 5, 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

On Thursday, September 29, 2011 the Bishop received communication from the President of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops that “serious charges” have been made under Title IV of the canons of The Episcopal Church.  These are allegations that he has abandoned The Episcopal Church. Since several of these allegations also include actions taken by the Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, after sustained prayer and discernment, it has seemed appropriate to both the Bishop and the Standing Committee to make these allegations available to the members of the Diocese. These allegations may be found on the Diocesan website…here.

Subsequently, the President of our Standing Committee, the Very Reverend Paul C. Fuener, received a letter from the Church Attorney assisting the Disciplinary Board seeking “Records maintained by the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina.” This letter may be found on our diocesan website…here.   

Bishop and Standing Committee Respond to Actions of Executive Council PDF Print E-mail

Diocese of South Carolina logoOn August 29, the Diocese received correspondence from the Secretary of Executive Council of The Episcopal Church that copied us, belatedly, on their correspondence with a third party. The correspondence informed us of actions taken by a Committee of the Executive Council regarding resolutions taken by the Diocese of South Carolina. The assertion was made there that those resolutions of our Convention “have no force or effect.”
The response of the Bishop and Standing Committee to those actions, along with the original correspondence from Executive Council, can be found here.

Shrinking Jesus and Betraying the Faith PDF Print E-mail

The following article was submitted by the Rt. Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison, XII Bishop of South Carolina, Retired

Bishop Allison preached on this subject at St. John's Parish, John's Island, November 6, 2011. Listen to the sermon.

What caused the crisis now being faced not only by the Diocese of South Carolina but by the entire western Christian Church? It’s more than an issue of sexuality. It’s one of pandering to the secular culture, of shrinking Jesus and betraying the faith.

Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan are two remarkably popular theologians who teach a version of Christianity that reduces the Christian faith to contemporary secular assumptions. For Crossan, Jesus was an illiterate Jewish cynic. No Incarnation no Resurrection. The Easter story is “fictional mythology” (p. 161, Jesus a Revolutionary Biography). Borg claims that Jesus was only divine in the sense that Martin Luther King and Gandhi were divine.  Borg dismisses the creeds (p.10, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time) Jesus was a “spirit person,” “a mediator of the sacred,” “a shaman,” one of those persons like Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Mohammed, et al. (p. 32)

The Future and Your Church Workshop Offered In Charleston, November 4 PDF Print E-mail

Participants listen during the Future and Your Church Workshop"Why are churches declining? What makes a church grow? What can be done to not only “stem the tide” but turn it around? How can you transform a declining parish into a vibrant, alive and growing one? Bishop Lawrence invites all clergy, vestry members and parish leaders to a day-long workshop sponsored by the Congregational Development Committee, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, location TBA.

"I found the workshop extremely enlightening," said the Rev. Ted Lewis, Rector of Calvary, Charleston, who attended the Future and Your Church Workshop when it was offered in Orangeburg. "It gave us a fresh look at where we were and how to proceed to the next step."

The workshop is free. Lunch will be provided. Register by calling Beth Snyder at (843) 722-4075.  

Read more about the workshop.  

Yarsiah Becomes Voorhees Chaplain, Vicar, September 29 PDF Print E-mail

The Rev. Dr. James YarsiahThe Reverend Dr. James T. Yarsiah will be inducted as chaplain and vicar of Voorhees College and St. Philip's Episcopal Chapel on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 5 p.m. in St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel.

The Right Reverend Mark Joseph Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, will be the Chief Celebrant while the Very Reverend Dr. Emmanuel W. Johnson, Chaplain Emeritus of Voorhees College, will be the preacher.

Yarsiah recently completed seven years of ministry at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. and took over at Voorhees College on July 1, 2011.

He is an Episcopal priest, who was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa. In May 2010, he graduated with the Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology, The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Yarsiah obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from the Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Liberia.

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