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The Rev. Dr. Charles EcholsCummins Theological Seminary in Summerville is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Charles L. Echols as a new Adjunct Professor of Old Testament.  For this Spring Semester he will be teaching a course in the Major Prophets.  In 2005, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Old Testament by the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, England.  He also holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Trinity School for Ministry, Abridge, Pennsylvania.

In 2016, Dr. Echols was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of South Carolina by Bishop FitzSimons Allison, and he serves as Curate of the Church of the Redeemer, Orangeburg.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program of the College of Theology, South University, Columbia.  He has authored three books, and written several articles, papers, and reviews for inclusion in other books, journals, and seminars.  From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Echols taught Old Testament courses in India, on the Faculty of Union Biblical Seminary in Pune.

The Very Rev. Dr. Julius Barnes, President and Dean of Cummins Seminary, has said, “Dr. Echols is the third new member to join our faculty in less than a year.  We want the low country community to see that Cummins is expanding its program of quality theological education – raising the bar of excellence - for training clergy and lay persons for mission and ministry in the Church of Jesus Christ.”  Anyone who wants to join Dr. Echols in his course in the Major Prophets, or take any of the other courses offered should call the Seminary at (843) 873-3451.  Or, stop by our campus at 705 South Main Street, Summerville, SC 29485.  Our courses are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons and evenings, and on Saturday morning and are designed to be available for those who work at other jobs.

ALI Poster for Discipleship DilemmasAnglican Leadership Institute Lecture
January 11, 2017

The Anglican Leadership Institute invites you to hear Dr. Christopher Wright, Director,  The Langham Partnership London, England speak on “Discipleship Dilemmas – Following Jesus in an era of Political Change” on January 11, 2017 at St. Michael’s Church, Charleston. Dessert will begin at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin at 7 pm

The Langham Partnership continues the global ministry of John Stott,  providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for Majority World pastors and seminaries.

Dr. Christopher WrightDr. Chris Wright who serves as the International Ministries Director for the Langham Partnership represents and promotes the vision and work of Langham around the world through his international travel, his speaking and writing ministry as a Christian scholar and author, and in sharing the spiritual and strategic leadership of the organization. Dr. Wright taught in India for five years and has written extensively on the Old Testament and issues in Christian mission. An ordained Anglican, he is on the staff of London’s All Souls Church.

There is no question what a precious treasure our children are. As leaders in the Diocese of South Carolina, we have a moral, spiritual and canonical obligation to exercise due diligence in assuring that their faith formation happens in a safe environment. History teaches us clearly that this is not an outcome we can take for granted. There are steps we can and must take to assure the joy of their Christian Faith is not stolen from those in our care.

It is with that purpose in mind that the Diocese offers the “Safeguarding God’s Children” workshops across the Diocese.  The workshops continue to be led by Mrs. Polly Sosnowski, whose years of service as a licensed clinical social worker in South Carolina make her a marvelous resource for this training. The training provided will cover the necessary material to fulfill both diocesan canons and local parish guidelines. The next workshops offered are:

Tuesday, January 24  10:00 am -1:00 p.m.
Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island

2520 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC  29482
(843)883-3586 or email ( ) to “register”

Saturday, January 28  from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach

3000 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843)448-8426 or email Patty Von Schoppe ( ) to register
The cost is $5 per person for lunch provided.

Saturday, February 11  8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston

126 Coming St,.Charleston, SC   29403
843.530.2669  or email ( ) to register

If you have anyone in your parish who works regularly with children or youth, they must  have this training.  If you would be interested in being the host for such a workshop yourself, that would be blessing to your own parish as well as others nearby. On-line training is also a viable option for some parishes. Contact the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis at (843) 722-4075 to discuss what would work best for you, but do make sure your staff and volunteers are appropriately trained.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation in helping make the Diocese of South Carolina a safe place for all our children.

Three Candles

 The following Advent and Christmas events are open to the public. To add an item to the list email it to:

Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols
St. Helena’s, Beaufort, December 10

The Parish Church of St. Helena will offer a candlelight Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.  In this service, which dates to the late 19th century, we listen to seven Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.

The Rev. Pete CooperThe Rev. Charles D. Cooper (Pete) died on December 7, 2016.  A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Church, Florence, at 11:00 am on Monday, December 12, 2016, with burial immediately following the service, in the St. John’s Memorial Garden.  A reception will follow in the St. John’s Fellowship Hall.

Mr. Cooper was born in Lancaster, SC and was raised in Great Falls and Clinton, SC.  A 1963 graduate of Clinton High School, Pete was a member of the Class of 1967 at the Citadel.  He also received postgraduate degrees from Furman University and the University of the South (Sewanee) and was ordained in the Episcopal Church, 1981.

Pete served in the United States Marine Corps and was most proud of his fellow Marines.  He spent many years as priest, teacher, coach, chaplain, assistant headmaster of several schools beginning his career with Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC and ending with Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School near Florence.  He loved all of his school families.  He also served in the Church as Assistant and Rector of several Parishes beginning at St. John’s Church in Columbia, retiring as Rector of St. John’s Church in Florence after 20 years, and continuing as Interim at The Church of the Ascension in Hagood, SC until the time of his death.  His other service included St. David’s in Cheraw, SC and St. Cyprian’s in Lufkin, TX.  Again, he loved all of his parish families.

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