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A Breath of Fresh Air; 224th Convention Emphasizes Moving Forward
Written by Joy Hunter   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:07
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By Joy Hunter, Director of Communications

“A breath of fresh air,” was how the Rev. Louise Weld, Associate Rector at St. James, Charleston, described the 224th annual Convention of the The Rev. David Booman prays at ConventionDiocese of South Carolina, which was held in Charleston, March 13-14, 2015. “I felt like there was a big emphasis on evangelism and sharing your story,” said Weld, “in the Bishop’s address, in presentations, in video clips. There was a new thrust - a breath of fresh air. We’ve moved on and are about the Lord’s work!”

Workshops and Worship


The convention kicked off Friday afternoon with six workshops open to the public offered at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
Last Updated ( Monday, 30 March 2015 13:58 )
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Bishop Lawrence Challenges Diocese to Aim High; Encourages Advancement as Method of Consolidation in Convention Address
Written by The Rev. Jai Gibson   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:19
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By The Rev. James Gibson, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Grahamville

In his address to the 224th Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina, Bishop Mark Lawrence outlined a plan for advancing the church's mission through starting new congregations, renewing an emphasis on evangelism, and cultivating a missional approach to ministry and life. It was a bold vision indicative of a diocese determined to move forward after several years of legal battles following its disaffiliation from The Episcopal Church (TEC). Using the acronym CAMEL, Bishop Lawrence mapped out the current landscape of the diocese under the five categories of Consolidation, Affiliation, Missionalization, Education, and Litigation.

Although some local parishes decided to remain with TEC after the diocese disaffiliated in 2012, the losses are being made up through the addition of new congregations. At last year's convention, Lawrence noted, Grace Church, Pawleys Island and Grace Church, North Myrtle Beach were welcomed into the diocese. This year, two more new congregations--Resurrection, North Charleston and St. James, Blackville--were welcomed as missions.
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Bishop Lawrence Addresses the 224th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina
Written by Bishop Mark Lawrence   
Saturday, 14 March 2015 19:06
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Bishop Lawrence addresses the 224th conventionThe following is the written version of the address given by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence to the 224th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina held Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Charleston Music Hall. Listen to the audio version of the address.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”  2 Corinthians 4:7

In the opening chapters of 2 Corinthians St. Paul repeatedly contrasts his frailty and weakness with the majesty of Christ and the wonder of the ministry to which he and others have been called.  Having spoken of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ which has shone in his heart, he again acknowledges this contrast:  “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” Similarly, I am struck by a contrast between the wondrous work to which God has called us in this diocese with our frailty and weakness as we gather today in annual convention for the 224th time. 

I begin by acknowledging a basic conviction that the most important ministry done by the Diocese of South Carolina is done in and by the congregations—our parishes and missions.  Yours is the real work; the important work; the lasting work.  The work and ministry of the diocese (that is, what we often call the diocese— diocesan staff, various committees, commissions and councils) exists primarily to help your ministry to be more fruitful.  It is we who are here to serve you; not you here to serve us.  I believe we serve you best by attending to details which are best handled corporately and by helping to keep the Big Picture before you.
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Nearly 400 to Gather for Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina
Written by Joy Hunter   
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:49
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223rd Diocesan ConventionThe Diocese of South Carolina will hold its 224th Annual Convention in Charleston, March 13-14. Nearly 400 clergy and delegates representing 53 churches across the eastern and coastal part of South Carolina will participate.

“We have so much to celebrate as a diocese,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese. “Coming together at the Convention gives time to express our gratefulness to God, celebrate the life and growth in our congregations and move forward in spreading the Gospel and shaping Anglicanism in the 21st century.” 

The Convention begins Friday, March 13 with a 5 p.m. worship service, open to the public, at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul. The Rt. Rev. Rob Martin, Bishop of the Diocese of Marsabit, Kenya in the Anglican Communion will be the guest preacher. Martin has previously visited the Diocese and churches in South Carolina have partnered with the Diocese of Marsabit to help build churches there.

On Saturday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m. the convention will reconvene at the Charleston Music Hall for the business portion of the meeting, at which time participants will approve an annual budget, elect officers and address other business.

Prior to the start of the Convention, on Friday, March 13 from 1-4 p.m. the Diocese is offering six free workshops, open to the public at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
Last Updated ( Friday, 27 February 2015 12:03 )
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Judge Reaffirms Ruling Against TEC
Written by Jan Pringle   
Monday, 23 February 2015 19:02
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SOUTH CAROLINA JUDGE REAFFIRMS HER RULING AGAINST THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AGAIN REJECTS ITS CLAIM TO LOCAL CHURCH PROPERTY


Asserts that state law protects Diocese of South Carolina against New York-based denomination’s efforts to seize property, names and symbols.


ST. GEORGE, S.C. (Feb. 22, 2015) – For the second time in less than a month, South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein rejected arguments by The Episcopal Church and its subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, that the two groups are rightful owners of the churches, symbols and other assets of the Diocese of South Carolina.

In her Order denying the motion for reconsideration she stated, “Large portions of the motion are simply the proposed orders previously submitted to the Court or reiterations of the Defendants’ positions at trial.” 

The motion had also argued that because the Diocese had argued legal positions in the All Saints case contrary to those now being presented, that Judicial Estoppel should apply.  In response, Judge Goodstein sharply noted... “The court finds that the Judicial Estoppel argument is without merit....If the Defendants’ argument in the instant action was correct, no party previously adjudicated to be wrong would be able to correct their conduct in compliance with a court’s holding.  Such a result would be contrary to all sense of justice and order...  With regards all other matters presented in Defendants’ Motion for Reconsideration, they are hereby denied.”
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