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Episcopal Church Lay Leader John Vanderstar to address 12/5 Forum
December 1, 2009

Diocese of SC Joins A New Conservative - Orthodox Network

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I AM EPISCOPALIAN - EFSC Forum - 12/5/09
John Vanderstar - noted Episcopal Lay Leader to speak
Directions to the 12/5 Forum at the Harbour Club in Charleston, SC
Diocese of SC Joins A New Conservative - Orthodox Network
Link to Flyer about the Forum
Join The Episcopal Forum of SC
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I AM EPISCOPALIAN - EFSC Forum - 12/5/09

This Forum will explore the positive, affirmative perspective of being a joyful member of The Episcopal Church today in spite of the dissassociation rhetoric and movement in the Diocese of SC. Come and share with other Episcopalians why "I am Episcopalian". There will be a presentation by John Vanderstar followed by a Q and A Panel Discussion


Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served
Place: Harbour Club
Donation: $20 at the door
Reserve a seat for "I Am Episcopalian"

John Vanderstar - noted Episcopal Lay Leader to speak
John Vanderstar is a graduate of Princeton University & Harvard Law School; he practiced for 39 years at Covington & Burling law firm. He chaired the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, was a member a member of TEC House of Deputies for 15 years and a member of TEC Executive Council for the past 6 years. He served as an officer and board member of the Episcopal Women’s Caucus from 1995-2001.

John will connect Episcopalians in SC with the positive affirmative TEC that so many Episcopalians experience outside of the 10 or so dioceses, including the Diocese of SC, which have been dominated by dissassociation rhetoric and movement away from TEC. He will share with us his perspective on the health and vitality of TEC and the real progress it is making in local dioceses and in the world.

The forum title “I am Episcopalian” is taken from the TEC website portal of that name and we are focusing people on our commitment with Episcopalians around the world with the content of that opening page which is at the link below. Several EFSC Directors will join in a Q & A following the presentation.
Link to TEC site: I am Episcopalian

Directions to the 12/5 Forum at the Harbour Club in Charleston, SC
The forum will be held in downtown Charleston in a private meeting facility at the Harbour Club. A sit down meal will be served followed by presentations and a Q & A. All seats need to be reserved in advance as seating is limited. A $20 donation to cover forum expense is suggested. Link to Directions

Diocese of SC Joins A New Conservative - Orthodox Network

Posted below is an item from the Diocese of South Carolina web page announcing a seven-diocese joint venture, launched during a meeting held Nov. 3-4 in Charleston, S.C. Establishing such relationships was one of what S.C. Bishop Mark Lawrence called “four unswerving principles” that should guide the diocese in addresses to the clergy and to a special diocesan convention last month. (The other principles he enunciated were “The Lordship of Christ and the Sufficiency of Scripture; Godly Boundaries; and Emerging 21st Century Anglicanism.) Note that the participants are planning to set up a special web site and to hold a three-day meeting next September in Dallas.


Seven Episcopal Dioceses Meet to Begin Missional Relationships

Clergy and lay representatives from seven dioceses in The Episcopal Church, as well as six bishops with Episcopal jurisdiction, met in Charleston, S.C. on November 3-4, 2009 to consider ways they might assist each other in more effectively reaching their communities and the world for Christ. More specifically, in keeping with General Convention resolution B030, which encouraged domestic Dioceses within The Episcopal Church to enter into missional relationship, this meeting encouraged the dioceses to consider what resources they can share with each other and work more closely to further the Gospel mission. Evangelizing and reaching the unchurched; catechizing and discipling the converted; assisting members in generational faithfulness; renewing, strengthening and growing existing parishes; and planting new congregations to reach their communities with the Gospel were the areas of greatest interest.

To this end, through the work of some of the Communion Partner bishops and rectors, along with others, these Dioceses in Missional Relationships will begin by hosting two initiatives for the purpose of encouraging and equipping missionally focused dioceses, congregations and individuals through:

1. Establishing a website for sharing resources and networking for ministry and mission. It is their intention to have this ministry-networking initiative functioning in an initial stage during Epiphany 2010; and,

2. Sponsoring a large venue three day event in Dallas, September 23—25, 2010. This event will be for the purpose of encouraging, empowering, emboldening and equipping missionally focused individuals, congregations and dioceses, as well as providing resources to assist each other to be more effective in reaching their communities for Christ and his Church.

Dioceses presently involved in this Gospel initiative are Albany, Central Florida, Dallas, North Dakota, South Carolina, Springfield, and Western Louisiana.

View photo gallery.

Pictured in photo, above, from left to right, are: The Rt. Rev. James Stanton (Dallas), the Rt. Rev. John Howe (Central Florida), the Rt. Rev. Bruce MacPherson (Western Louisiana), the Rt. Rev. William Love (Albany), the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence (South Carolina), and the Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith (Springfield). Photo: Joy Hunter
Link to Diocese of SC Website

Link to Flyer about the Forum
The link below will provide a PDF file of the Flyer pictured in ths eNewsletter. Please consider printing it and posting it where episcopalians gather. Link to Flyer

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