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Three Day Celebration to Honor 75th Anniversary of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center PDF Print E-mail
Time capsule gathering during 75th Anniversary celebrationThe Diocese of South Carolina celebrated the 75th Anniversary of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island, June 22-24 with a variety of activities including a 5K run/walk, an alumni staff sailing regatta, the unearthing of a time-capsule, a building dedication and a gala fashioned as a 1938 Lawn Party featuring an outdoor dinner for well over 300 who bid on art, travel and other items during a silent and live auction.

View photos album here.

The three-day celebration kicked off  on Saturday with the Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike with more than 150 runners and hikers traveling through the forest.  It ended with a ½ mile stretch on the beach.  Chad Bateson, 15, a rising sophomore at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach came in first with a time of 19:53. “This was my first time doing a 5K,” said Chad. “It was a really interesting, cool trail.”
Diocesan Delegation Observers at ACNA's Provincial Council PDF Print E-mail
A Message from the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence:

June 21, 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

As many of you know I am at Nashotah House in Wisconsin at the Anglican Church in North America’s Provincial Council (which just concluded yesterday with a Festival Eucharist—an inspiring and joyful worship). This morning they will begin their House of Bishops Meeting. I am present as an observer. Joining me at the Provincial Council was The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson, Dean of the Cathedral, and Mrs. Suzanne Schwank, a member of our diocesan Standing Committee. They returned this morning to South Carolina and I will stay on for the House of Bishops Meeting and return on a late flight Friday in order to be at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center for its 75th anniversary this weekend.
Longtime Secretary to the Bishops, Vangie Summers Dies PDF Print E-mail
Vangie SummersPlease keep the family of Evangeline "Vangie" Summers in your prayers. Vangie, the widow of the Rev. Dewey Johnson Summers, Sr. died on Saturday June 15. Vangie began working in the Diocesan Office August 1, 1969 and retired on June 30, 1994. She served as the secretary to Bishops Temple, Allison and Salmon. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, June 21 at Old Saint Andrew's, Charleston at 11 a.m. Read the obituary.
Federal Judge Remands Diocese of SC Case to State Court PDF Print E-mail

Court finds that “tacit” First Amendment issues not in the Diocese’s complaint are not a basis for federal court jurisdiction

U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck today remanded the case to the South Carolina Circuit Court.  In informing the parties, Judge Houck said,

“If this Court determined that a case may be removed based on federal question jurisdiction whenever a defendant attributed a federal constitutional issue not alleged or advanced in a well-pleaded complaint, federal question jurisdiction could potentially be expanded to all cases containing tacit First Amendment issues.”
TEC Holds Hostage 403B Plan Contributions of More Than 80 Disassociated Staff Members PDF Print E-mail


Episcopal Pension Organization ignores rollover requests as it plans a special workshop for clergy of remnant group

CHARLESTON, SC, June 3, 2013 – The retirement savings of more than 80 non-clergy employees of the Diocese of South Carolina and its parishes are being held hostage by their former pension plan at the Episcopal Church (TEC).

The lay employees have been trying to arrange for the rollover of their retirement savings since February, when they first contacted the Church Pension Group, which provides retirement, health and other benefits to employees of The Episcopal Church, its parishes, dioceses and other institutions. The employees became eligible to rollover their funds into another qualified plan when their employer, the Diocese or the parishes that voted to disassociate from the denomination, officially ceased to be employed by any TEC organization or parish.
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