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Diocesan Convention, March 13-14, in Charleston PDF Print E-mail

Charleston Music Hall

The 224th Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina will be held March 13-14, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul and the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston South Carolina.

Convention Registration

Convention delegates must be registered by January 30. The cost per clergy and lay delegate is $60 per person. Visitors are welcome, but seating in the visitor gallery is limited. The cost for visitors is $30 per person.

Register here. Note if you do not have an account, feel free to register as a guest.

View Convention schedule.

Workshops Offered

On Friday afternoon, March 13 five workshops aimed at “Mission and Ministry” will be held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. The workshops are:

“What is Anglicanism: Conversations on Affiliation,” led by The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina and The Rev. Dr. Canon Kendall Harmon, Canon Theologian of the Diocese;

“Cultural Shifts: What is Christian Marriage?
” led by The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, Retired Professor-Trinity School for Ministry & former President of Uganda Christian University, Author of Two Sexes, One Flesh

“Personal Evangelism” led by Mr. Langdon Stewart, Evangelism Explosion

“Hands-On Mission Locally and Globally,” led by Mrs. Sharon Steinmiller, Director of New Wineskins, Ambridge, PA

“Christian Faith Formation: Anglican Catechism and Confirmation,” led by the Very Rev. Dr. Peter Moore and Mr. Peter Rothermel, Faith Formation Coordinator, Diocese of South Carolina

“Engaging Younger Generations in Smaller Congregations,”
led by Mr. Dave Wright, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Diocese of South Carolina

Read more about the Diocesan Convention.

Open Letter from Bishop Skilton PDF Print E-mail
The Rt. Rev. Bill SkiltonOn December 12, the Rt. Rev. William Skilton, retired suffragan bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina released an “Open Letter to the Faithful Anglicans/Episcopalians in Lower South Carolina” in which he shared correspondence he’d received from Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, the provisional bishop of TECinSC and his response. Bp. Skilton has been directed to no longer function in any sacramental capacity in any TEC congregation in South Carolina.   Bp. Skilton had sought to minister in a reconciling way with parishes in both dioceses (though functioning as a bishop in neither).  This action will effectively end that dual ministry.  He will, nonetheless, continue to be a welcome guest among parishes in the Diocese of South Carolina and we look forward to his continued sacramental ministry among us.

Upcoming Mission Trips PDF Print E-mail

Mission to Ethiopia, February 2015, November 2015

The Church of Our Saviour is sponsoring two mission trips in the upcoming year to Ethiopia.  These will be small teams of 8 people each and will primarily focused on the Gambella region of Ethiopia.  Although we will be sponsoring these teams, they will also be open to others from within the Diocese.  We are sending these teams to assist Bishop Grant and Wendy LeMarquand in the building of a mission base and theological training centre in Gambella.

The trips will be of 8 days duration; one trip will be over the first week in February, 2015 and the other over the first week in November, 2015.  Both trips are scheduled to coincide with Mother's Union and Diocesan Conferences so much of the Ethiopian leadership will be present.  We will need men and women, clergy and laity, experienced and novice, young and wise.  You will need to be healthy and willing to accommodate moderate levels of discomfort.  We need those who can teach, have library skills, construction experience, medical skills, musicians and logistical talents.  Approximate costs are $3,000 per person including airfares.  Deadline for application for the first trip is November 24, 2014 and for the second trip September 1, 2015.

Further details will be available upon application (final costs, flight details, visa applications, immunizations, etc). Some training and gathering for prayer in advance of the trip will be required. We are reviewing Ebola and other security issues in the region and will not send the team if there is recognizable risk.  At present there are no cases of Ebola in the area.  You may wish to review the conditions and work of the Diocese of the Horn of Africa at:  Download the application.

Clergy Gather at St. Christopher for Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail

three photos from clergy conference

One hundred clergy gathered at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center October 27-29, 2014 for the Annual Diocesan Clergy Conference. The first half of the Conference was led by the Rt. Rev. Ken Clarke, retired bishop of the diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh in the Church of Ireland and current Director of SAMS Ireland and UK. His three talks on the life of St. Peter focused on how Jesus sees us, that failure is not final and our response to Jesus’ question, “Do you love me?” Audio recordings of his talks can be found here.
Recognizing Veterans Sunday PDF Print E-mail

soldier saluting flagRecognize our Veterans, Active Military and their Families on Sunday, November 9

In the 1960s and 70s, a popular TV public service announcement aired at 11 pm: "Do you know where your children are?"  Today, we need to ask, "Do you know where our service members are?" They're around the world, conducting missions from humanitarian assistance, to keeping midnight watch, to some in perilous operations.  They're in the air, on land, and at sea.

Our diocese is blessed with many military families, and countless retirees and veterans and their families. On Nov 9, the Sunday before Veteran's Day, we ask that you remember and say a prayer of thanksgiving and for God's safety for all those who have served our nation, all those still serving, and especially for their families.

Eternal God, protect and assist all those, at home and abroad, by land, by sea, or by air, who are serving our nation.  We especially thank you for all those who have served this nation, this good land Thou hast given us.  We ask special blessings for their families who also bear, and have faithfully borne, additional untold sacrifices.  Almighty God, watch over them, and cause them to know that none can pluck from Thy hand those who put their trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

To learn more about ministering to those in the military and their families, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it USAF, Ret., Church of the Holy Comforter, Sumter, Military Outreach Ministry
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