TECSC to Appeal SC Lower Court Ruling favoring breakaway Diocese
2/4/15

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Court Ruling News from TECSC
Conference 2: African Americans in the Church - 2/28
Conference 2 Program
Absalom Jones Day invitation - 2/10
Conference 3: LGBT Persons in the Church - 3/23
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Court Ruling News from TECSC


Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein has ruled that a breakaway group that sued local Episcopalians over control of the Diocese of South Carolina has the right to hold onto the name and property of the diocese.

The judge’s decision was issued late Tuesday afternoon, more than 6 months after the conclusion of a three-week trial in St. George in July. The lawsuit initially was filed by the breakaway group in January 2013 against The Episcopal Church and its local diocese in eastern South Carolina, which is known as The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. TECSC includes 30 parishes and mission churches in the region who have remained part of The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

“We have understood from the beginning that this lawsuit was mounted after years of planning by individuals who were intent upon taking the diocese and its property out of The Episcopal Church,” said Holly Behre, Director of Communications for TECSC. “We have also understood that defending ourselves will be a long legal process."

"We are considering all the issues raised by the Court Order and plan to recommend to the Church to engage the appeal process as appropriate," said diocesan Chancellor Thomas S. Tisdale. "The result of the recent trial was not unexpected and road ahead in the judicial system is clear to us."

The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, said the ruling represents one step on a long journey. “Our biblical heritage tells of journeys experienced by faithful people. Those journeys often were difficult and filled with setbacks, but people of faith were called to persevere on the way."

“Perseverance is our call and intention, on this journey in our day,” the Bishop said.

The bishop said history also contains many examples of justice being delayed. “The Episcopal Church in South Carolina believes that such is the situation we now must endure for a while, as we continue on this journey.”


Read More on TECSC Website

Conference 2: African Americans in the Church - 2/28


“African Americans in the Church” is the topic of an educational conference being offered February 28 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, North Myrtle Beach.

Registration is $20 and is available online. The event is part of the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina's "On the Side of History" series, and includes presentations and Q&A from 9:30-2:30 p.m., as well as lunch.

Tickets were sold out in advance for the January 24 conference, "Women in the Church," so be sure to register early for the February 28 event.

Registration also is available for the third conference, "LGBT in the Church, on March 21 at St. Stephen's, Charleston.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - EVERYONE INTERESTED IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

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Conference 2 Program

Speakers:

• Dr. Kendra Hamilton (Director of Southern Studies, Presbyterian College): “Healing the Body of Christ: Reconciliation, Transformation, Love, and the Racially Inclusive Congregation”

• The Rev. Dr. Wilmot Merchant (Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Member of The Standing Committee of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina): “A Perspective on Black Leadership in The Episcopal Church”

• The Venerable Calhoun Walpole (Archdeacon of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina) and Dr. Kendra Hamilton: “Dramatic Reading and Discussion: ‘Truth in Cold Blood’”

• Dr. Michael Kogan (Professor of Religion, Montclair State University): “The Church’s Role and Responsibility in Promoting Social Justice”

THE CHOIR FROM VOORHEES COLLEGE will sing at the conference.

MORE INFO ON EFSC WEBSITE

Absalom Jones Day invitation - 2/10

President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr.and the Voorhees College family invite everyone to the annual Absalom Jones Feast Day service at St. Philip's Chapel at the college at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 10.

The liturgy will be Holy Eucharist with the Venerable Calhoun Walpole, Archdeacon of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, preacher. Celebrants will be Bishop vonRosenberg and Bishop Andrew Waldo of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Clergy are invited to wear green stoles.

Absalom Jones is remembered and recognized for his work as the first African-American priest in The Episcopal Church in the United States. (as published in TECSC Newsletter)

Learn more about him here.

Conference 3: LGBT Persons in the Church - 3/23


Topics and speakers:

✽ “Does Scripture Actually Speak to Us? Perspectives on Our Responsibilities in Interpreting Scripture” by: Dr. Dale Martin (Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University).

✽ “Scripture and Sexual Orientation: A Case Study of the Ethics of Interpretation” Dr. Dale Martin (Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University).

✽ “Personal Histories, Personal Voices - Embracing Diversity in TEC in SC”by: Multiple speakers from the diocese

Conference to be held March 21, 2015 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church,(67 Anson Street, CHARLESTON, SC)

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