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The Rt. Rev. Ken Clarke, retired bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh and now President of SAMS—Ireland will be the speaker at this fall’s annual Clergy Conference at St. Christopher, October 27-29.

Register here. To learn more contact Beth Snyder.
All Creatures Great and Small: We Will Bless Them All
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:49
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The Rev. Ron Greiser with horseThese are the words Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, is using to announce their Blessing of the Animals service. Many churches find the blessing service is a great way to draw those who otherwise might not drop in to church.

Resurrection, Surfside, who has been inviting parishioners to take flyers to vets, groomers and pet stores, will have police dogs, therapy dogs and horses from the Barnabas Horse Foundation in attendance. Holy Cross, Stateburg, has invited younger children to bring a stuffed pet. If you get good photos from your blessing service This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•    Holy Cross, Stateburg, Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m.
•    Grace Church, North Myrtle Beach, Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m.
•    Resurrection, Surfside, Sunday, October 5, during all three services
•    Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, Sunday, October 5, 4 p.m.
•    St. Michael’s, Charleston, Sunday, October 5, 6 p.m.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:53 )
Diocesan Women's Ministries
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Saturday, 01 November 2008 00:00
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What's happening with Diocesan Women's Ministries?

Women praying during Bible studyOur council members (listed here), thought it was time to let you know what we’ve been up to and the next steps we believe God is calling us to. There have been questions as to when our next women’s retreat will be. Our next women’s retreat is in its planning and praying stage at this time. Having stated that, bear with us as we briefly try to explain what we mean!

The transformed Diocesan Women’s Ministries (DWM) council is finally walking away from the planning table and stepping out into what God has called us to do.  We are stepping away from traditional business-style meetings and meeting women where they are. We believe the council needs to take time and visit each church in the diocese.  We would like to meet with the clergy and with women’s ministry leaders and find out what’s available for women of all ages in each church and community.  We also want to personally discuss our new vision and mission for the DWM and explain that, with all our hearts, we are here to serve you.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:16 )
Trial Ends: Highlights from the Trial of the Diocese of SC vs. TEC and TECSC
Written by Joy Hunter and Jan Pringle   
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:30
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Plaintiff attorneys prepareBy Joy Hunter, Diocesan Communications Director and Jan S. Pringle, Public Relations Consultant

The three-week trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church (TEC) and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) ended July 25, with Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who presided, telling the parties what she wanted from them to assist in her deliberations.

Attorneys representing the Diocese, the Trustees and the Diocesan churches were given 30 days to create a three-page document describing the testimony given in court which explained the procedures they followed to legally separate from TEC, (such as amending their by-laws, giving notice of meetings, properly taking votes,  etc.) They were then to send those documents to the Court and to TEC and TECSC whose attorneys will have 30 days to respond in a similar fashion.

In essence, the judge’s last words reiterated what she said throughout the trial: The case will be decided on neutral principles of law, which means that the judge must apply the law to this case as it would any other – making no adjustments because it involves a religious organization. TEC and TECSC have opposed the application of neutral principles; essentially arguing that the judge should defer to their view on the issues since they are a religious organization.
Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 12:29 )
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. 


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