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John Barr's Convention Sermon, "I am the Door" PDF Print E-mail

The Very Rev. Dr. John Barr in Processional“I am the Door ”

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By The Very Rev. Dr. John Barr

This is an excerpt from the sermon the Very Rev. John Barr, Rector of Holy Comforter, Sumter, preached during the Holy Eucharist service at the  223rd Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, on March 14, 2014.

Scripture reading: John 10:1-10

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Where are you with the door?”

“It may be some of you have been around door talk so much you’ve thought by osmosis you’ve gone through the door yourself.

And permit me Just tell you about what happened to me. It may be that some of you are continuing in a life you never began – doing Christian things but you never went through the door.

When I was a young priest I was in the Mississippi delta and we had a wonderful lady named Bessie who kept our kids and she just hated it that I had these prayer books. She knew that that was from Satan because she would say, “Why do you have to use a book, can’t you just pray?” And frankly, I couldn’t very well. And she kept saying, “John, I want you to go to my church.” “Well I always had an out. I said, ‘Well, Bessie I’m respectfully employed Sunday mornings, I’d love to go with you, but I just can’t go Sunday mornings.” And she said, “But you don’t understand – it’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon.”
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Diocese Formalizes Worldwide Anglican Ties PDF Print E-mail
Wade Logan, Mark Lawrence and Michael Ridgill face ConventionThe Diocese of South Carolina has been formally recognized as a member in good standing of the Global Anglican Communion.

On Saturday, March 15, the Diocese’s 223rd Annual Convention unanimously accepted an invitation to join the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) and temporarily enter into a formal ecclesiastical relationship known as provisional primatial oversight from bishops in the Global South.

The convention’s nearly 400 participants supported clergy and delegates as they voted to create a task force to explore more permanent affiliation options for the diocese.  The task force will offer recommendations at the next Convention, which will be held next March.
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Diocese Welcomes New Churches; Moves Forward in Strength PDF Print E-mail
CHARLESTON, SC March 4, 2014 – The Diocese of South Carolina will hold its 223rd Annual Convention at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, March 14-15. Nearly 400 clergy and delegates from 50 congregations across the lower and coastal portion of South Carolina will gather for the two-day event.

Mark Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese, said that several important matters would be addressed at the Saturday business meeting.  “We will consider resolutions for updating the Diocesan Canons for how we work together as a Diocese - to clarify our structure after leaving The Episcopal Church (TEC),” he said.  

Other resolutions would address the discernment process for deciding the diocese’s provincial relationship within the Anglican Communion, as well as affirming existing relationships within the Communion.

Bishop Lawrence emphasized that one of the highlights of the convention will be the joy of welcoming two new congregations –Grace Church Waccamaw in Pawley’s Island and Grace Parish in North Myrtle Beach - to the Diocesan family.   A third congregation in formation, Resurrection, North Charleston, will also be a special guest at this Convention.

Lawrence said that all of these actions are concrete evidence that supports the theme for this weekend:  Move forward with strength.”
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Bishop Lawrence's Message Regarding Resolution R-3 PDF Print E-mail
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today, March 7, 2014, Canon Jim Lewis emailed to all our diocesan clergy and the lay delegates to our upcoming March 14-15, 2014, Diocesan Convention a resolution that God-willing, and with the Convention’s consent, will come to the floor. This resolution, R-3: "Response to Offer of Provisional Primatial Oversight,” originated in the Anglican Communion Development Committee (ACD) but has also been supported by a majority of the clergy of the West Charleston deanery with whom I met at their recent clericus on Shrove Tuesday. The ACD Committee is an arm of Diocesan Council. It was established in 2009 in order to strategically establish mutually-enriching missional relationships with provinces and dioceses of the Anglican Communion. It has played a key role in pursuing our diocesan vision of “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age.” As your bishop I fully support this resolution and for all of the reasons mentioned in the Rationale attached to it.  But particularly for the reasons presented in the final rationale: “Most importantly, however, this resolution is the response to something others in the communion have created, and it provides a means for us to better make biblical Anglicans for a global age in this in between-time. We choose to see it as a providential provision which gives us further sacramental closeness with the global Anglican family which we so richly treasure.”
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Diocese Seeks to End TEC Stalling Tactics by Asking State Supreme Court to Hear Appeal PDF Print E-mail

DIOCESE OF SOUTH CAROLINA SEEKS TO END TEC STALLING TACTICS BY ASKING STATE SUPREME COURT TO HEAR DENOMINATION’S APPEAL


Diocese’s motion aims to prevent further delays to adjudication of core issue: Property ownership


CHARLESTON, SC, February 6, 2014 – The Diocese of South Carolina today asked the South Carolina Supreme Court to intervene in an appeal filed “primarily for the purpose of delay” by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC).

TEC’s appeal challenges a lower court ruling on the process both sides may use in discovery leading up to a trial that will decide whether the denomination may seize South Carolina property, including churches and the diocesan symbols. The diocese argues that TEC is appealing a court order that is “unappealable”.

“[TEC and TECSC] are misusing the judicial system to delay resolution of this case,” says the diocese’s request for Supreme Court action. “Their strategy of appealing an interlocutory order is evidence of that intent. This is the same strategy that caused eight months to be wasted at the start of this case in federal court where they asked the federal court to override the state court injunction.”
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