Main Menu

Home
Audio/Video Library
About Us
ACNA
Budget
Building for Christ
Cathedral
Clergy Directory
Church Directory
Contact Us
Deacons
Deaneries
Diocesan Office
Diocesan Structure
GAFCON
Global South
Parochial Report
Staff Directory
Our Seal
Visiting Bishop
Bishop Lawrence
About Us
Statement of Faith
Employment
Job Openings
Anglican Partnerships
Bishop Lawrence
Bishop's Schedule
About Bishop Lawrence
Bishop's Messages
Committees
Anglican Missional Partnerships
Commission on Ministry
Diocesan Council
Ecclesiastical Court
Evangelism
Finance Department
Liturgy and Worship
Provincial Affiliation
Standing Committee
Stewardship
Communication
Enewsletter
Jubilate Deo
Photo Gallery
Submission Guidelines
Photo Albums
Treasurers' Tips
Contact Us
Staff Directory
Clergy Directory
Church Directory
Search for Church
Contact Us
Convention Information
Convention Information
Convention Workshops
Convention News
Convention Nominations Sought
Convention Journals
Convention Notes
Convention Archives
Convention Audio and Video Files
Delegate Certification Form
223rd Convention Media
Delegate Information
Donate Now
Governance
Constitution
Canons
Diocesan Council
Standing Committee
Trustees
Statement of Faith
Institutions
Anglican Leadership Institute
St. Christopher
Canterbury House
Porter Gaud School
SC Episcopal Home
Voorhees College
York Place
Job Openings
Legal Defense Fund
Legal News & Media
Ministries & Departments
1670 Legacy
Addiction Recovery
Anglicans for Life
Anglican Relief and Development Fund
Brothrhd of St. Andrew
Christian Faith Formation
Young Adult Ministry
Cursillo
Daughters of the King
Faith Encouragement Ministries
Hispanic Ministry
Kairos Prison Ministry
Order of Saint Vincent
Social Ministries
St. Luke - Physician
Stewardship
Grandparenting
Men's Ministry
Women's Ministry
Youth Ministry
News & Events
Jubilate Deo
Submission Guidelines
Latest News
Job Openings
Photo Gallery
Media Room
Diocesan Calendar
Audio/Video Library
Resources - Clergy
Cursillo Application
Marriage
Ordination Process
Supply Clergy
Sabbatical Guidelines
Parochial Report Forms
Visitation Customary
Pension Information
Job Openings
Benefits & Compensation
Child Abuse Prevention
Commission on Ministry
Deacons
Resources - General
Background Check
Diocesan Forms
Diocesan Payroll Plan
Disaster Preparedness
Hurricane Preparedness
Letter of Agreement Rector
Medical Insurance
Marriage
Ordination Process
Parish Audits
Parochial Report
Parochial Report Forms
Prayer Calendar
Risk Management
Stewardship
Vestry Handbook
Safeguarding God's Children
Treasurer's Office
Dio. Audited Fin.l Stmts.
Budget
Clergy Compensation
Clergy Salary Worksheet
Declaration of Intent
Employee Classification
Parish Audits
Pledge Report
Sample Housing Resolutions
Treasurers' Tips
Housing Allowance Worksheet
Overtime Rules
Parochial Report Forms
Make a Payment

Who's Online Now

We have 158 guests and no members online

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 18, 2017) – Today The Episcopal Church (TEC) filed their reply, as requested by the Court, to the motions by the Diocese of South Carolina and 28 parish churches for recusal and rehearing in the South Carolina Supreme Court, regarding its recent ruling in Appellate Case No. 2015-000622.  

On behalf of the Diocese of South Carolina, Rev. Canon Jim Lewis issued the following statement:

“Today’s filing by The Episcopal Church argues in essence, that the Diocese and its parishes waived their right to recusal, by not requesting it earlier, and that the Constitutional issues raised in their motions are negligible or mistaken.  The facts in this ruling, as it presently stands however, will not yield to such arguments.  Justice Hearn’s bias and conflict of interest is clear to any impartial observer.  The Constitutional issues for Freedom of Religion remain.  As our petition for rehearing stated: “These are serious issues for Respondents, Appellants and for all religious organizations in South Carolina. This Court should grant a rehearing.”  That continues to be our hope and Constitutional expectation from the Court.”

Court has issued a standard that negatively impacts religious organizations over similar secular organizations


COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 1, 2017) – Citing significant departures from both state and federal precedents, the Diocese of South Carolina and 29 parish churches today filed a motion for rehearing in the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding its recent ruling in Appellate Case No. 2015-000622.  In 2012, the Diocese of South Carolina, along with 50 of its congregations voted to disassociate from The Episcopal Church.  In a complicated and sharply divided ruling consisting of five separate opinions, the S.C. Supreme Court ruled on August 2 this year that parishes which had “acceded” to the national church’s ‘Dennis canon’ are subject to a trust interest in their property by The Episcopal Church (TEC).  Only eight congregations were judged to have full rights to retain their property.

In a decision that partly reversed the February 2015 Circuit Court ruling of Judge Diane Goodstein, the Supreme Court significantly changed court precedents in multiple areas and divested the property rights of at least 28 congregations and over 20,000 church members. 

Cathedral with Day of Prayer and Fasting, August 30, 2017August 23, 2017

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people; Sanctify the congregation; gather the children, even nursing infants.  Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.”  (Joel 2:15-16)

I write to you today with three purposes in mind.  First, to announce a Diocesan Day of Prayer and Fasting; secondly, to give you an update on where things are in the diocese regarding the recent South Carolina Supreme Court ruling; and, finally to commend the clergy of the diocese to your prayers and gratitude.

During times of crisis and challenge in Israel, the leaders often called for days of fasting and prayer.  Following this ancient practice observed for centuries in both Israel and the Church, I am calling the parishes and missions of the diocese and their members to observe Wednesday, August 30th as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for the diocese and its congregations. Such times of prayer and fasting are sometimes observed by individuals, as when Nehemiah, hearing of the troubled condition of Jerusalem, “…sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and [he] continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:4)   On other occasions, Israel held a time of corporate prayer and fasting, as when Ezra, the priest, called God’s people to fast and pray seeking his blessing on their return to the land, “So we fasted and besought our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.”  (Ezra 8:21-23)  I am asking both individual members and the leaders of our congregations in corporate worship, however each is able, to observe this day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our diocese, and its parishes and missions.   

August 7, 2017

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina, having met together with our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, in Charleston this day, sends to all of our brothers and sisters of the diocese our love and our greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. We are so profoundly thankful for all who have fasted and prayed for our diocese and our Standing Committee during the past week from across South Carolina, throughout the Anglican Church in North America, and among all the faithful in global Anglicanism.

We have spent this time together in prayer and discussion regarding the decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court last Wednesday. In light of the conflicting opinions issued by the court, we met with the legal counsel for our diocese and have approved a strategy on how we go forward seeking clarity. We want you to know this: the legal process continues. We will be filing a motion for a rehearing from the Supreme Court, the deadline for which is September 1st. We are convinced there are compelling reasons to make this motion. There will be other avenues along with and following that action.

lawrence mark s cls 2August 5, 2017, Eve of the Transfiguration

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:8

Thursday evening Allison and I returned to Charleston.  We were on vacation with family in California when the South Carolina Supreme Court issued the long awaited ruling.  Obviously, it was not the favorable ruling we were seeking.  Therefore, we returned home as soon as possible.  Frankly, it is a grievous decision for us on so many levels.  Perhaps you, as do I, have to fight despondency as I consider its many ramifications for us as a diocese, and especially for our congregations and clergy. For make no mistake—if this ruling stands how we carry out God’s mission and the ministries he has given us will dramatically change.  You may already have received from previous diocesan communications, the diocesan website or from local news, the gist of the court’s conflicted 77-page opinion.  Therefore, I will not rehearse it here.  My purpose is more personal.  

Today, thousands of Christians around the world are holding you, the congregations of the diocese, as well as our clergy and bishop in prayer.  Even more specifically, yesterday Anglicans on this continent were lifting us in constant prayer.  As you may know, we recently voted as a diocese to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America, and this summer their Provincial Assembly joyfully received us as full members therein.  What a comfort it is to know that our Archbishop, the Most Reverend Foley Beach, asked the bishops, clergy and laity of the ACNA to pray and fast yesterday on our behalf.  

 Let's Connect!

like us on facebook

Visit Bishop's Blog

enews head from

Sign up for our e-newsletter.

View past issues of e-newsletter.

Latest News

Death of the Rev. John Foster, III
Thu, December 21, 2017

The Rev. John Foster, III
September 30, 1957 - December 21, 2017 Please keep the family and loved ones of the Rev. John Foster in your prayers. John d [ ... ]

latest news+ Full Story
Congregational Reporting Begins January 1
Wed, December 20, 2017

The Congregational Reporting  (a.k.a. parochial reports) process is about to begin for the churches in our diocese. The process will be [ ... ]

latest news+ Full Story
Other Articles