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223rd Convention Media

Crucifer for 223rd Diocesan ConventionListen to: Bishop Lawrence's address, John Barr's sermon on "I am the Door,"
Kendall Harmon's workshop on the Jerusalem Declaration
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SC Supreme Court Takes Jurisdiction Over TEC Appeals
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Monday, 07 April 2014 13:51
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Justices’ decision likely prevents TEC from using legal maneuvers to drag out proceedings, drain local funds

CHARLESTON, SC, April 7, 2014 – The South Carolina Supreme Court has intervened in a lawsuit and granted the Diocese of South Carolina’s Motion to Transfer jurisdiction from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. This may effectively prevent The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC), from using serial appeals to further delay a trial to prevent the two groups from seizing Diocese of South Carolina property.

The Supreme Court decision comes days after TEC and TECSC filed new appeals apparently aimed at delaying the discovery process in advance of the trial that is scheduled to start on July 7. While the Supreme Court ruling does not prevent the denomination from filing appeals, it eliminates the time-consuming step of first going to the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Bishop Charges Clergy to "Do the Work of an Evangelist."
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:38
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Bishop Lawrence with clergy at renewal of vows service“Do the work of an Evangelist!” charged Bishop Mark Lawrence in his sermon to the 75 clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina who attended the annual Renewal of Ordination Vows service, held April 1 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston.

“The clock is ticking,” said the Bishop. “There are seven billion people in the world – three times as many as when I was born – Seven billion trying to eke out a living and experience a meaningful life. Can you digest a fact like that and not hear the clock ticking?”

Teaching from the Gospel passage John 4:5-35, known as “the woman at the well,” the Bishop urged the clergy to follow Jesus’ example and:

  • Cross Boundaries
  • Make Contact
  • Cultivate Curiosity
  • Touch the Deepest Need or Place of Pain
  • Bring People to a Place of Personal Commitment
  • Unleash New Converts - the Best Evangelists

“That’s our job!” said Lawrence. “We may not have the gift of evangelism but we have to lead the church to be God’s agent for evangelism. Everything else we do is like rearranging the furniture when the house is on fire—everything else pales.”

“Give us a passion and desire to reach the lost,” prayed the Bishop at the close of the service. “Set a fire within us!”

The sermon is available online at http://your-cathedral.org/bishop-lawrences-sermon-at-the-clergy-reaffirmation-of-vows/
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Convention Wrap-up: Diocese Formalizes Worldwide Anglican Ties
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:20
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223rd Convention Votes to Accept Provisional Primatial Oversight from bishops in the Global South

Wade Logan, Mark Lawrence and Michael Ridgill face ConventionThe Diocese of South Carolina voted unanimously 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 during their 223rd Annual Convention held at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC, March 14-15, 2014.

Nearly 400 people attended the weekend gathering where delegates and clergy also 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 in March 2015.

Local critics of the Diocese’s 2012 separation from The Episcopal Church had said the disassociation would isolate the Diocese from the Global Anglican Communion. While the Diocese has maintained many informal relationships with organizations that are part of the communion, this formal primatial oversight arrangement makes clear that the Diocese is officially part of the greater Anglican Church.

Convention Workshops Kick Off Weekend

The Rev. Dr. Canon Kendall HarmonThe Diocese kicked off the weekend with four workshops open to the public. The Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon, Diocesan Canon Theologian unpacked “The Jerusalem Declaration: Owning our Faith and Call,” preparing delegates and clergy for the vote that would come the next day. The Rev. Canon Winfield Bevins of Kardia Church Planting and Re:Missioning Initiative spoke on Re:Missioning Your Church 10 Vital Signs of Church Health. The Rev. Dr. Joel Scandrett, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology & Director of the Robert E. Webber Center at  Trinity School for Ministry spoke on Christian Faith Formation: Ancient Resources for Future Discipleship and  Langdon Stewart,  who is on staff at Church of our Saviour, Johns Island, spoke on Evangelism.

“Kendall did a superb job explaining the background of the Jerusalem Declaration,” said Bill McRee, a parishioner from St. John’s, Florence, who was elected to serve on the Advancement Society. “He explained how it came to be written and how it enables the Diocese to move forward working with other provinces making biblical Anglicans for a global age.”  Download Canon Harmon's talk.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:57 )
SC Court of Appeals Denies TEC Appeal
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 16:15
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Justices prevent TEC from using legal maneuver to delay court proceedings

CHARLESTON, SC, March 18, 2014 – The South Carolina Court of Appeals today rejected an appeal that would have delayed a trial in the Diocese of South Carolina lawsuit to protect diocesan and parish property from seizure by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local group, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC). 

The Court decided that TEC and TECSC could not appeal a lower court ruling on the process to be used in discovery.

The Court of Appeals effectively said it will not tolerate legal shenanigans to delay a trial to decide whether the denomination may seize South Carolina property, including churches and the diocesan symbols. In asking the Court of Appeals to dismiss the action, the Diocese of South Carolina argued that TECSC is appealing a court order that is “unappealable”.

South Carolina’s Court of Appeals justices agreed. 
Bishop Lawrence's Address to the 223rd Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina
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Saturday, 15 March 2014 20:15
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The following address was given by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina, at the 223rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina held at Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Download a printable version. Listen to the address.

Bishop’s Address to the 223rd Annual Diocesan Convention

“The Church exists by mission as fire exists by burning.” So wrote the Swiss theologian, Emil Brunner, several generations ago.  And it was clearly under the burning fire of the Holy Spirit that the apostles moved out to engage the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.  For what God had done in Jesus Christ for the world must be made known to the world.  “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?” wrote St. Paul. “And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!’ … faith comes through hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.”  (Romans 10: 14-17) So these early Christians sent out and so they went out.  Pressing on, as one missionary statesman has written, “… going from city to city as heralds of the King, not staying to argue with gainsayers….” We spend too much time arguing with those within the church who do not believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be proclaimed to all people while we remain in guilty silence about the Gospel in the presence of its many cultured despisers.  It was not so for the early disciples.  Inflamed as they were with a saving message and filled with an unspeakable joy they brushed off the dust of those who had rejected their message and moved on looking for the next opportunity.  The Holy Spirit never allowed them to let the need to consolidate what they had gained to replace the need to advance.   In fact advancement became the method of consolidation.  I am gripped by these words from Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, writing about the church’s need to press forward “… both to the ends of the earth and the ends of the world, rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God.”  Of the Church’s need to press on in the strength of the Holy Spirit, living by grace, turning outward to engage the world, resisting the constant temptation to play it safe, he writes:
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