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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.
St. Christopher Sunday, June 23, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
St. Christopher SundayNo matter where you find yourself in the Diocese of SC, you can join in the celebration of St. Christopher’s 75 Anniversary. St. Christopher Sunday celebrations will be observed in worship at Parishes throughout the Diocese. Teams in each parish will coordinate these local events. Find that “vintage camp -T-shirt” and if it fits -wear it. A St. Christopher Sunday Eucharist will also be held in the Kimbel Chapel for those staying the weekend and anyone who would like to attend.

Download the St. Christopher Sunday Team Guide.
Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts Underway PDF Print E-mail
Oklahoma tornado damage 2013The Diocese of South Carolina invites you to join in assisting those affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma by making a donation to Anglican Relief and Development's tornado relief fund. You can give either immediately online or by mailing a check.
Donate now online.

Checks can be sent to:

Anglican Relief and Development Fund

PO Box 3830
Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3820

Please note: “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” in the memo line.

“O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Anglican Bishops Express Strong Support for Bishop Lawrence and Diocese of South Carolina PDF Print E-mail
Anglican Bishops, from left, the Rt. Rev. Robert Martin, Diocese of Marsabit, Anglican Church of Kenya; the Rt. Rev. Mark. J. Lawrence, Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina; the Rt. Rev. Nathan Kamusiime Gasatura, Diocese of Butare, Anglican Church of Rwanda; the Rt. Rev. Elias Mazi Chakupewa, Diocese of Tabora, Anglican Church of Tanzania; the Rt. Rev. Abraham Yel Nhial, Diocese of Aweil, Episcopal Church of Sudan.Watch the video. Listen to an audio file  or view a transcript of the press conference. View the photo album of the gathering.

Amidst allegations that Anglicans worldwide do not recognize the Diocese of South Carolina and its Bishop, Anglican Bishops from East Africa strongly announced their support for the Diocese’s dissociation from The Episcopal Church Tuesday during comments at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston.  
Clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina Renew their Vows PDF Print E-mail
Clergy processing at Renewal of Vows, 2013On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (the Feast of Saint Joseph) over 85 clergy and guests from the Diocese of South Carolina gathered for the annual Clergy Renewal of Vows service. Bishop Lawrence, in his sermon, drew a parallel between Saint Joseph and the clergy illustrating how Joseph, though often overlooked and discounted in the eyes of the world, remained faithful to Jesus Christ and the call of God on his life. Lawrence said that "the priest's life is a sign of God's covenant love for the church."
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