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SC Supreme Court Rejects TEC Appeal PDF Print E-mail

Justices' Decision Clears the Way for Trial to Protect Local Assets From Takeover

CHARLESTON, SC, May 7, 2014 – The South Carolina Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC), ending their latest effort to delay a trial to block the two groups from seizing Diocese of South Carolina property.

The high court’s decision to return the matter to the circuit court means that the issue can now go to trial. TEC and TECSC have filed several state and federal appeals, apparently aimed at delaying the discovery process in advance of the trial that is scheduled to start on July 7.
Gallant and St. Andrew's Honored by Sheriff's Office PDF Print E-mail
Sherriff Al Cannon Honors the Rev. Jimmy GallantThe Rev. Jimmy Gallant, Vicar of St. Andrew's Mission Church in Charleston, and the members of St. Andrew's were honored on April 22, 2014 during the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Awards Presentation. Gallant and members of his parish were recognized for the actions they took in caring for a homeless family this past January.

The commendation read,

Dear Rev. Gallant and Members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church,

During the extreme cold weather in January, the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center opened its Work Camp facility as a warming shelter for the homeless. The shelter was open for two days. There was a family of five, consisting of a mother, three children and an 81-year-old grandmother, with absolutely nowhere to go. After reaching out to many churches for assistance, you were contacted. When you learned that the staff at the Detention Center was trying to raise enough money to provide the family lodging for a week's stay at a hotel, you paid, without hesitation. The following Sunday you made arrangements for the family to attend your church for services. You, along with members of your congregation stayed in contact with the family until a permanent residence was found. Once an apartment was secured, additional assistance with furniture and other needs was also provided.

The actions of you and your church members gave this family encouragement and hope in a difficult time. Because of all that was done, the family is now able to have a place to call home and connections in Charleston County.

For your dedication and hard work, I am proud to present you with a Special Recognition Award for the First Quarter of 2014.

Yours truly

J. Al Cannon, Jr.
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 ”

Sermon Excerpt
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

Listen to the sermon

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.”
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.
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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