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Global South Welcomes Diocese of South Carolina
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:51
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August 21, 2014

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus

As you will recall the 223rd Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina meeting at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant on March 14-15, 2014 unanimously accepted the offer of the Global South Primates Steering Committee for Provisional Primatial Oversight. 

Now this morning we receive with gratitude this letter from the Global South Primatial Steering Committee.  It is their acceptance of our request for this gracious relationship.  I trust you will be heartened as I have been by their welcome of us “… as an active and faithful member within the Global South of the Anglican Communion, until such time as a permanent primatial affiliation can be found.”  It is my joy to share it with you.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

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The Right Reverend Mark Joseph Lawrence
XIV Bishop of South Carolina
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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 )
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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 )
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A Message from Bishop Lawrence at the Close of the Trial
Written by SCDiosAdministrator   
Monday, 28 July 2014 10:50
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Bishop Mark LawrenceJuly 27, 2014
St. George, Utah

Dear Friends in Christ,

“… suffering produces endurance and endurance produces hope and hope does not disappoint us for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit….” Romans 5:3-4

Having spent much of the last three weeks at the Dorchester Courthouse in St. George, South Carolina it is rather serendipitous to be sending this from a Starbucks in St. George, Utah (a gateway to Zion National Park).  Allison and I will be traveling during the next few weeks in Utah, Nevada and California on vacation.  She’ll have some much needed time for relaxation and fun and I’ll be climbing the mountains and hiking the trails.  Nevertheless, I want to send you this report on the last three weeks.

Firstly, I’m glad to say our legal team led by Mr. Alan Runyan and Ms. Henrietta Golding, supported by a stellar cast of attorneys from the various congregations across the diocese, presented a strong case and did so in a professional, forthright, and convincing manner.  The teamwork was marvelous to observe and was only exceeded by what seemed to be the outstretched arm and the mighty hand of God moving again and again in a most timely manner.  I was proud to have them representing us from the Diocese of South Carolina. Frankly, having sat through all fourteen days I have to say it was a trial of tediously presented evidence by TEC fortunately punctuated during cross-examination by our attorneys with moments of sheer drama and stunning admissions. 
Last Updated ( Monday, 28 July 2014 11:17 )
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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.
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