Enthusiastically Episcopalian Conference 3/12/11
January 27, 2011

How can we flourish as Enthusiastic Episcopalians in the Diocese of SC?

In This Issue:
Conference Program & Registration - Saturday March 12, 2011
Bonnie Anderson D.D., President of TEC House of Deputies
The Rev. Frank Wade
Byron Rushing
Sally Johnson
220th Diocesan Convention, February 18-19, 2011
FORT WORTH: Judge orders property returned to Episcopal Church, diocese
Directions to North Charleston Convention Center & Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites Room Reservations
Join The Episcopal Forum
Contact Info
Conference Program & Registration - Saturday March 12, 2011

This Conference will be held March 12, 2011 at at the North Charleston Convention Center - Ballroom C

Conference speakers will include: Bonnie Anderson, Sally Johnson, Frank Wade, and Byron Rushing. (See Bio information below).

Speakers will discuss these and other questions which Episcopalians in the Diocese of SC are asking:

-Who are we?
-How did we get here?
-Where are we going?
-What is so special about The Episcopal Church?
-How can we flourish as Enthusiastic Episcopalians in the Diocese of SC?

Conference Program:

8:30 AM - Registration Opens
9:15 AM - Assemble for Holy Eucharist
9:30 AM - Holy Eucharist with sermon.
10:45 AM - Morning Presentations
12:15 PM - Box Lunches & Informal discussions
1:00 PM - Afternoon Presentation
2:45 PM - Q&A/ Panel Discussion
4:00 PM - Closing Prayer & Blessing

Reservations are required, seating is limited. Cost per registrant is $30.00 for advance payment or $35.00 at the door and includes a box lunch.

Parking is free in front of Embassey Suites Hotel adjacent to the Convention Center. See information on location, directions and room reservations below.


Bonnie Anderson D.D., President of TEC House of Deputies

Bonnie Anderson was elected Vice President of the House of Deputies in 2003 and was elected President of House of Deputies in 2006. She holds the highest ranking lay office in The Episcopal Church.

As President of the House of Deputies, Anderson's canonical responsibilities include presiding over the House of Deputies, appointing Deputies to legislative committees and appointing additional legislative committees when necessary.

In addition to her canonical duties, Anderson also communicates regularly with the more than 800 deputies, routinely meets and communicates with the Presiding Bishop, consults with the Presiding Bishop on major staff appointments and issues as requested, maintains a presence at TEC Center in New York City, and serves as ex-officio member of all TEC Standing Commissions.

The Rev. Frank Wade

The Rev. Frank Wade is a prominent speaker and consultant who served 22 years as rector of St. Alban's on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He is a trustee of the Alliance for Christian Media.

Frank Wade is a well-known preacher and conference leader. He has served as a deputy to many General Conventions, has been chaplain to the House of Deputies, chaired the education committee and served on the Council of Advice for President of the House of Deputies.

Byron Rushing

Byron Rushing has been an elected deputy to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church; was a founding member of the Episcopal Urban Caucus; and serves on the boards of the Episcopal Women's Caucus and the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice.

He attended Harvard University and worked with the Syracuse, NY chapter of CORE [Congress of Racial Equality] tackling civil rights issues of employment integration and police brutality.

Rushing was has been a representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1982. He has been the chief sponsor of the law to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public schools, and an original sponsor of the gay rights bill in Massachusetts. Rushing also lead the Massachusetts state pension fund to launch community development investment of poor communities of Massachusetts.

Sally Johnson

Sally Johnson has been deeply involved in all levels of the Episcopal Church. At the national level, Sally serves as Chancellor to the President of the House of Deputies and is on her Council of Advice, which also involves giving advice to the Executive Council.

She has served on the national church's Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons for 6 years and for the past ten years has worked for the Church Pension Group and Church Insurance Company, traveling around the country working with and training clergy and lay leaders in canon law, employment risk, risk management, and sexual misconduct.

Sally Johnson’s received her J.D. Law Degree from the Uiversity of Minnesota Law School. She is partner in the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP.

220th Diocesan Convention, February 18-19, 2011


Abstract from Jubilate Deo .........Two resolutions adopted by a majority vote on October 15, 2010 by the 219th Diocesan Convention modify the Constitution of the Diocese. In keeping with the Constitution (Article XII), such changes require a second vote and approval by a 2/3rd majority vote by orders of Diocesan Convention for final adoption.


The first resolution, R-1, is the final reading of a change to our Constitution. Its primary effect is to remove our accession to the Canons of the Episcopal Church. We continue to accede to its Constitution.

This is in part a practical necessity given recent canonical changes to Title IV of the Canons that are in conflict with the Constitution of the Episcopal Church. We do so also with the practical understanding that such accession is not necessary. South Carolina was one of seven dioceses that founded the General Convention. Accession was never a requirement for the founding dioceses.

Additionally, the General Convention does not require uniform accession to its constitution and canons: there are seven dioceses whose constitutions have no accession clause. There are five which accede to the authority of General Convention, but not to the Constitution and Canons. There are 15 that accede only to the Constitution, four of which have come into existence since 1970.


The second resolution, R-2, is the other constitutional change proposed. Our current Constitution makes changes to that document possible only at the “Annual” convention. The proposed changemakes amendment possible at any two duly and legitimately called Resolutions Proposed for 2011 Convention By the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, Canon to the Ordinary successive conventions.

That change dramatically improves the capacity of the Diocese of South Carolina to respond to any actions taken in the continuing and rapidly unfolding drama of the Anglican Communion. We no longer have the luxury of taking over a year to respond to current realities. This resolution gives Diocesan Convention that enhanced capacity..........

View more on the Diocesan Convention at link below to Jubilate Deo.

Jubilate Deo - Winter

FORT WORTH: Judge orders property returned to Episcopal Church, diocese

By Pat McCaughan, 1/22/11-[Episcopal News Service]

A Texas judge on Jan. 21 ordered a dissident group to return "all property, as well as control of the diocesan corporation" within 60 days to the Episcopalian leaders in Fort Worth who have remained loyal to the Episcopal Church............

(the judge) further ruled that all property held for the diocese may be used only for the mission of the Episcopal Church and that amendments made by the dissidents to the diocesan corporation's corporate documents in an attempt to avoid these obligations were void; and he ordered former Fort Worth bishop Jack Iker and a breakaway group "to provide an accounting of all diocesan assets" within 60 days of the order.........

Iker and other former diocesan leaders left the Episcopal Church in November 2008, realigning with the Argentina-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. They attempted to retain church property and assets. They have also continued to use the name and seal of the diocese.

The continuing diocese reorganized in Feb. 2009, electing the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. (Ted) Gulick Jr., as its provisional bishop at a special convention meeting. (Bishop) Ohl was elected in November 2009 to succeed Gulick...........

Link to full ENS article

Directions to North Charleston Convention Center & Embassy Suites

From Greenville-Columbia - Go I-26 East towards Charleston and take Exit 213A. The exit ramp brings you to Montague Avenue. Follow Montague one half mile to International Boulevard and turn right onto International Boulevard. The hotel is on the left adjacent to the Convention Center.

From Charleston - Take I-26 West towards Columbia exiting at Exit 213 to Montague Avenue. Turn left at the traffic light onto Montague. Follow Montague three quarters of a mile to International Boulevard. Turn right onto International an the hotel is on the left adjacent to the Convention Center.

Embassy Suites Room Reservations

A limited number of Embassy Suites hotel rooms for Conference attendees are available ($129 + tax & including breakfast) at the link below. Include in the reservation form

Group/Convention Code: EPISCOPAL FORUM OF SC

Accomodations for a range of prices are also available at other motels very close to the convention center.
Embassy Suites Reservations link

Join The Episcopal Forum

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