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Over 85 Clergy Gather for Diocese of South Carolina Clergy Day PDF Print E-mail
Clergy of the Diocese gather at St. Paul's, September 12, 2013“What a great clergy day,” said the Very Rev. David Thurlow, Rector of St. Matthias in Summerton, SC at the end of the gathering of clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina on September 12, 2013.  Over 85 clergy of the Diocese gathered at St. Paul’s in Summerville for the once-yearly event.

“The legal update was clear and understandable,” said Thurlow, “the questions asked and answered were insightful and helpful. Alan Runyan’s personal testimony and witness to God's work was incredible and powerful.  Bishop Lawrence did great in setting before us an updated picture of where we are and giving us vision, hope and encouragement as we journey on together. All in all the day could not have been better!”
La Iglesia de San Juan – The Church On the Move PDF Print E-mail
La Iglesia de San Juan little girl enjoying dinnerOver the last year, La Iglesia de San Juan (the Hispanic ministry of the Diocese of South Carolina) has been in transition. This summer the church changed direction in its witness to the Hispanic people of Sea Islands. Instead of the traditional “open our doors and they will come” model, worship and pastoral care are now taken to the people where they live. Each Sunday evening the “Church on the Move” can be found at one of the many work camps on Johns Island.

      The ministry is a mission church of the Diocese of South Carolina under Bishop Lawrence. It was supported for most of its existence by  St. John’s Church and other churches in the Charleston area. In its current form the people involved in leadership are from many churches including a number of parishes in the Diocese and Presbyterian churches as well. The list of volunteers from other denominations is growing.

     Our goal is simply to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in Spanish, to the people of the Sea Islands. Our call is to minister both to the permanent residents and transitional (migrant) workers. The church has been leading worship in the camps for over six months and recently began the Alpha “Course in Christianity” at the one camp with year round residents. As the church’s relationships with people in the camps develop, lay and ordained leaders are beginning to provide pastoral care to the people we serve.

Federal Judge Dismisses Case Against Bishop Lawrence PDF Print E-mail

Federal Judge says South Carolina Circuit Court Will Decide Who Really Owns the Names, Property of The Diocese of South Carolina

Lawsuit Claiming Bishop Lawrence Violated Federal Trademark Laws is Dismissed

CHARLESTON, SC, August 23, 2013 – U.S. District Court Judge Weston C. Houck today dismissed a federal trademark lawsuit filed by Episcopal Church Bishop Charles vonRosenberg against Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina Mark Lawrence.

The decision acknowledges the authority of the Circuit Court of South Carolina to decide the rightful owner of the names, symbols and property of the Diocese of South Carolina.

“The sum of all disputes and conflicts arising in the wake of the Diocese’s estrangement from [the Episcopal Church] are more appropriately before, and will more comprehensively be resolved, in South Carolina state court,” stated Judge Houck in the order dismissing Bishop vonRosenberg’s lawsuit and denying his motion for an injunction to prohibit Bishop Lawrence from acting as bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina.
Judge Houck Hears Arguments in Motion to Dismiss PDF Print E-mail
On August 8, U.S. District Court Judge Weston C. Houck heard arguments on Bishop Lawrence’s motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by Bishop Charles vonRosenberg.  

In his complaint, Bishop vonRosenberg asked that Bishop Lawrence pay damages and be prevented from claiming to be the bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, alleging that Bishop Lawrence had violated federal trademark laws.  Meanwhile, Bishop Lawrence asked that Judge Houck either dismiss the federal lawsuit, or stay it until pending state court litigation is resolved.  Judge Houck did not hear arguments on Bishop vonRosenberg’s motion for an injunction against Bishop Lawrence.
Egypt is on the Edge of...? PDF Print E-mail
The following letter was received from the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hannas Anis, Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

View the document here.
June 27, 2013

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

The situation in Egypt is very serious. I do not know where this situation will take us. I feel that Egypt is at the verge of violent demonstrations, another revolution, or civil war. We do not know what is going to happen, but we know that we are at the edge of something drastic.

Supporters of the PresidentOne year ago Dr. Mohammed Mursi became the President of Egypt, following 11†months of turbulence in the socio-economic and political situation in Egypt. Many had hoped that Egypt would move forward for the better however things became worse and are now very difficult. Egyptians became divided between Islamists and non-Islamists. A constitution that was written and approved in haste was one of the main reasons for these divisions. Other reasons were the exclusion of moderates and non-Islamists from participation in the political life, and the appointment of Islamists as ministers in the Cabinet and other prominent posts.

These divisions led to instability, a lack of security, and many demonstrations which in turn badly affected the economy and tourism. People started to complain from the rise of food prices, the frequent power cuts, the sectarian clashes, and lately the lack of fuel. Two weeks ago there were demonstrations in several governorates in objection to the appointment of new governors who are known Islamists. A new movement called, “tamarrod” or “Rebellion” was formed last April and they called for massive demonstrations against the President and the government on the 30th of June. They claim to have gathered the signatures of 15 million supporters.

One week ago the Islamists made big demonstrations in support of the President. They warned the supporters of “tamarrod” against demonstrating on the 30th of June. “Anyone who will sprinkle water at the President will be sprinkled with blood,” said one of the supporters of the President. This means that there will be bloodshed if people try to force the President to step down.

Some Islamists also threatened the Christians if they participated in the demonstrations. Others produced a fatwa saying that those who would demonstrate are “kafiroon” or “godless” and deserve to be fought against. The Grand Imam of Al Azhar stated that, “anyone can demonstrate to express his or her views and this has nothing to do with faith.” His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, of the Coptic Orthodox Church said, “everyone is free to express his or her views.”

demonstrations on June 26Yesterday, in an attempt to calm the situation, the President delivered a 2.5 hour speech. Unfortunately, the speech stirred the people even more. Demonstrations started yesterday at Tahrir Square and in the Province of Mansoura where dozens were injured and two people were killed. Now the military tanks have started to move in to protect the important sites.

What is going to happen on the 30th of June? We do not know! All what we know is that when emotions run high, anything can happen. However, we trust that God is in control and we are in His hands. Two days ago during his visit to Egypt, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, encouraged us by using St. Paul’s words, while in the middle of a storm, “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost” (Acts 27:22a).

I am writing this to request your prayers for Egypt and for the people of Egypt.

May the Lord bless you!

+ Mouneer Egypt

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt
with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
President Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican
Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East
Demonstrations on 26 June in Tahrir Square
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