March 24, 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
Walter Cabe - Keynote Speaker
Location: The Church of the Palms United Methodist Church
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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.

10:00 am Welcome and opening prayer, The Rev. Dr. Robert Hansel and brief update from EFSC Board Members on the Diocesan Conference

10:45 am Presentation by guest speaker, WALT CABE (see more below)

11:45 am Lunch Break

12:45 pm Question & Answer session with Dr. Cabe,
1:45 pm Dr. Cabe's closing observations

2:00 pm FORUM update, next step, ideas, Lynn Pagliaro
2:30 pm Closing Remarks, Prayers & Dismissal, Bob Hansel

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 Conference is located at The Church of the Palms 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.


Walter Cabe - Keynote Speaker
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 in staying within The Episcopal Church and seeking coordination with National Church policies and programs.”

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. Essentially, SCNTE was created with the intention of disbanding 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.

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.

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