March 13, 2009

“What happens to the Episcopalians who wish to remain a part of The Episcopal Church when diocesan leadership chooses to leave it?”

In This Issue:
Conference Program
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., including a Buffet Lunch Break
Location: The Church of the Palms United Methodist Church
Bishop Lawrence at October 2008 Episcopal Forum Meeting
Reasons to be Proud to be an Episcopalian
Join The Episcopal Forum of SC
Contact Info
Conference Program

On Saturday, March 28, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of the Palms United Methodist Church in Okatie, the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, Inc. will sponsor a special half-day conference.

The mission of EFSC is to preserve unity with diversity in the Diocese of South Carolina and within The Episcopal Church. It exists to support the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, by upholding the democratic actions of the Constitution and Canons, conventions and elected leadership of The Episcopal Church.

The guest speaker for the program will be Dr. Walter Cabe, a Vestry member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, who for one year served as President and Co-chair of the Steering Committee of North Texas Episcopalians. That organization had similar goals as EFSC and sought to keep the Diocese of Fort Worth under the leadership of The Episcopal Church. Nonetheless, last November, a large majority of clergy and lay delegates of that diocese voted to withdraw from the Episcopal Church and has aligned with a conservative, Argentina-based province of the Southern Cone.

On February 7, The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the two-million member Episcopal Church, met in Fort Worth for a special reconstituting convention for the original diocese, including the election of a provisional bishop and a standing committee. Dr. Cabe was elected to serve on the newly-formed diocesan standing committee.

Dr. Cabe has been in the Diocese of Ft. Worth since 1986, having earlier resided in Los Angeles, California and Detroit, Michigan. He presently serves as Senior Warden at St. Alban’s Church. Dr. Cabe and Courtland Moore formed the Steering Committee of North Texas Episcopalians for the purpose of “providing collaboration among various groups interested to stay within The Episcopal Church and seeking coordination with National Church policies and programs.” Essentially, SCNTE was created with the intention of going out of business as soon as a process was established and successfully implemented for the reconstitution of the Diocese of Fort Worth following the departure of the former bishop and his supporters. The day after the Reconstituting Convention, SCNTE ended its work.

Dr. Cabe will address attendees about the events that led to his diocese departing from the Episcopal Church, as well as provide an update as to how the continuing diocese has progressed in seeking an orderly transfer of assets from the former bishop who has made what constituted a written renunciation of his orders from the Episcopal Church. This renunciation took the form of a press release distributed on November 24th of last year in which that bishop stated that he was a member of the Argentina-based Anglican renunciation. Three days earlier, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church barred or inhibited that bishop from exercising his ordained ministry.

Since many within the Diocese of South Carolina have concerns about whether the Diocese will remain under the leadership of The Episcopal Church, or will eventually seek alignment under some other arrangement, this meeting is quite timely for Episcopalians of the Lowcountry.

A buffet luncheon will be provided and a $10 donation at the door is requested to help defray expenses.

To register for the conference or to obtain additional information, please leave a message at 843-522-9636 or visit the EFSC web site: www.episcopalforumofsc.org at the LINK BELOW

The Church of the Palms is located at 1425 Okatie Highway (S.C. Highway 170) in Okatie, SC a short distance from both Hilton Head and Beauford. See below for directions or if directions are needed en route, please call 843-812-0069.


Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., including a Buffet Lunch Break
During the conference there will be an opportunity for attendees to engage in a question-and-answer period with Dr. Cabe and also to meet in small groups to reflect upon his remarks.

Members of The Episcopal Forum of SC, who attend the March 12 -13 Convention of the Diocese of SC, will also be available to report on the proceedings of the Diocesan Convention

Location: The Church of the Palms United Methodist Church
1425 Okatie Highway (Highway 170)
Okatie, SC 29909

From Highway 278:

When you come to the Highway 170 overpass EXIT
as if going to Beaufort, turning EAST onto Highway 170.
Go 3.2 miles to the Cherry Point area, turning RIGHT into the
church driveway across from the BP gas station.

From Callawassie/Beaufort/etc.:

Turn onto Highway 170 towards Bluffton/Hilton Head.
Turn LEFT just past the Texaco gas station. Our
driveway is on the LEFT side of the road.

From Interstate 95, Exit #8:

Turn LEFT just before the Wal-mart Supercenter onto
Argent Blvd. (SC Highway 141).
Go down 3.7 miles to Highway 170. The church
will be directly in front of you. Turn RIGHT onto
Highway 170, then turn LEFT into the church driveway.

Link to Google Directions


The Episcopal Forum of SC sponsors forums and conferences on a regular basis around the diocese to sustain conversation among Episcopalians, holding diversity in a holy tension that leads to reconciliation, spiritual growth and unity. Previous conferences have included a wide range of speakers such as Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies, and Kendall Harmon, Cannon Theologian of our diocese. The spring 2009 conference, at the time of this writing, is to be held in Bluffton, SC on March 28. The conference theme is “What happens to the Episcopalians who wish to remain a part of The Episcopal Church when diocesan leadership chooses to leave it?” This disassociation has occurred in four dioceses within the Episcopal Church during the past year. All of these dioceses were members of the Anglican Communion Network of which the Diocese of SC is a founding member. A goal of this conference will be to understand better why this disassociation happened and how it can be prevented in our diocese.

The keynote speaker is Walt Cabe, who has been a lay member in the Diocese of Ft Worth. This diocese experienced the withdrawal of its bishop along with many clergy and laity following a vote in its diocesan convention to disassociate from The Episcopal Church and associate with the Anglican Communion Province of the Southern Cone. Walt Cabe became co-chair of “The Steering Committee of North Texas Episcopalians”. That group provided coordination and leadership among those in the diocese who have remained within The Diocese of Ft. Worth of The Episcopal Church. He now serves on the vestry of St Alban’s Church where he has served three terms as Vestry member and Warden. St. Alban’s is known for its diversity of membership and inclusion of a broad range of theological perspectives.

The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, Inc (EFSC) was formed five years ago by a group of concerned Episcopalians following the Diocesan Convention in October of 2003 at which certain resolutions were passed which could have led to separating our diocese from The Episcopal Church. EFSC is committed to preserving unity with diversity within the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of South Carolina, and the greater Anglican Communion. Today EFSC has over 400 members state wide.

More information about The Episcopal Forum of SC, this conference and upcoming events is available at www.episcopalforumofsc.org.

Bishop Lawrence at October 2008 Episcopal Forum Meeting
This Forum was held at the Harbour Club in Charleston, SC and was attended by approximately 80 persons. A complete report of the observations, comments and questions received from forum attendees can be found at the link below. These have been forwarded to Bishop Lawrence for consideration in preparation for another Forum to continue this discussion.

Click on the link and then select the Report for 11/6/08 Forum
(This link may not be available untill 12/8)
Report on the 11/6/08 Episcopal Forum with Bishop Lawrence

Reasons to be Proud to be an Episcopalian
1. Our Washington National Cathedral hosted a national prayer service following the Presidential inauguration which included the Obamas, members of his administration, Congress and the diplomatic corps, faith leaders and other invited guests. In fact, Episcopal Church Bishops bookended with prayer the four days of inaugural events.

2. The Episcopal Church in Europe ministers to a unique and culturally diverse demographic of Christians, not only including Americans living in Europe, but Europeans, Rwandans and folks from all over the globe who are living in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

3. A hospital is but one of thirty seven institutions run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Al Ahli Arab Hospital is located in Gaza City and brings healing and hope to many Palestinians.

4. Our National Executive Council sponsors a Committee on Science, Technology and Faith. Our Church also publishes a teaching program called A Catechism of Creation – a downloadable resource. See www.episcopalchurch.org/science.

5. Affiliated with the Episcopal Church is the Seamen’s Church Institute. It is a New York based ecumenical mariners agency that supports seafarers and their families and has recently helped craft the International Christian Maritime Association’s strong resolution on piracy and the need to offer prompt support to seafarers and their families.

6. Since 1889 our Church has had the UTO to encourage prayer, generosity and thanksgiving, and has helped the Church expand its mission by making grants to ministries that address human need.

7. Our Church has one of the best pension funds of any organization or church anywhere.

8. An Episcopal Church in the rural town of Smyrna, Tenn. has grown spiritually and numerically since welcoming 70 Myanmar refugees into its fold.

9. Nativity Episcopal Church in Los Angeles won an award from California Interfaith Power and Light in the education category for its work as a center of environmental concern and action.

10. The Episcopal Church in Michigan, clergy and laity, support the Prison Creative Arts Project. Prisoner created art work is displayed and auctioned at an Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor. Proceeds from the annual sale are used to support a variety of creative programs in Michigan prisons..

If you look for good you will find good. This article was submitted by The Rev. Canon Jack F. Nietert for publication in the Jubilate Deo

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