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When was the last time you examined your spiritual "equipment," to see what kind of shape it was in? In this brief Lenten video Bishop Mark Lawrence invites us to take time for spiritual examination, reflection, prayer and repentance..

An Invitation to a Holy Lent from Bishop Mark Lawrence from Diocese of South Carolina on Vimeo.

 He urges us to set aside 20-30 minutes and go off to a “lonely place” with a pad and pencil, our Bible and prayer book and ask God, through is Holy Spirit, to search us and know us – to shine a light on those areas he wants to transform.

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The following 2017 Lenten programs and events are being offered across the Diocese of South Carolina. All are free (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the public. Note: they are listed by Deanery.

To add your parish's events or programs contact the Communications Office,


Beaufort Deanery

Lenten Parish Dinner and Video Series, St. Jude’s, Walterboro, March 8-April 15
“Who Is This Man?” by John Ortberg

On Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm St. Jude’s will be hosting a dinner and video series.  The complexity, depth, and power of Jesus’ life are unique and unprecedented. His vision of life has impacted the development of everything from art and science to government, medicine and education. Just as amazing is the revolutionary way he treasured children, honored women, and had compassion on the suffering – none of which were esteemed amidst the prejudices of the ancient world.

Come and enjoy a parish dinner of soup and sandwiches followed by a 20-minute video on the incredible life of Jesus and his impact on the world and every life he touches.

March 8: The Man Who Won’t Go Away

March 15: A Revolution of Humanity

March 22: The Power of Forgiveness
March 29: Why It’s a Small World After All

April 5: Three Days That Changed the World

Anglican Leadership Institute January 2017 Class

The Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. As I write some are still in the air, and some have landed and rejoined their families.

And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:

  • -  From the Rector of a posh downtown parish in a mid-sized Australian city to the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Burundi;
  • -  From a Rector in Brunei where Sharia Law prevents him from even having a Christmas tree outside the Church to a leader of young adults in a large Brazilian church who surfs in his spare time;
  • -  From a bishop in northern Nigeria where unless a man "steals" another man's wife his own wife might accuse him of "not really being a man" to the assistant Rector of a booming Northern Ireland church who finished off 6 books while he was with us;
  • -  From a former "Lost Boy" of South Sudan who runs a diocese that cannot afford him any salary and whose family must live in exile to a Deacon who assists the former President of GAFCON...

And on it goes. 16 marvelous people -- all Anglicans from 12 enormously different socio-economic situations  living in cultures vastly different from each other. Yet all united in Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy of becoming a family. Our closing dinner was a time of deep prayer followed by hugs all around. Those Africans love to hug.

horowitz daffodil project croppedFr. Bob Horowitz was surprised by the St. Jude's Church family by the planting of a daffodil garden in his honor after services on December 11

Organized by Senior Warden Margie Williams, the garden is part of a worldwide Daffodil Project, which aspires to build a living memorial in eternal remembrance of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support of children who continue to suffer in humanitarian crises in the world today.

The shape and color of daffodils represent the yellow stars, which Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.  "Yellow is the color of remembrance.  Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future.  They are resilient and return with a burst of color each spring.  The daffodils honor the memory of those who perished and also serve to honor those who survived," Williams said.

The daffodils were planted under the sign in front of St. Jude's Church in honor of Horowitz's Jewish heritage and his ministry here.  "God has blessed him so that he has become a blessing to us," Williams said.

Sauls Challenges Churches to “Love People, Institutions and Cities to Life” at Listen & Speak Conference

There are three ways the Christian community can respond to society in a post-Christian age, according to Scott Sauls, speaker at the recent Listen & Speak conference held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston this past October. “Christians can compromise, they can judge, or they can bless and serve. Compromise is ineffective,” said Sauls. “Judging hurts things; all that’s left is loving and serving.”

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Post-Christian Culture

    Nominal Christianity is going away, according to Sauls, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Sauls went to Nashville after having spent five years on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with noted pastor and author Tim Keller.

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