Keeping calm and carrying on in the Diocese of South Carolina

Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service has the story of the Episcopalians who now constitute the Diocese of South Carolina.

A steering committee has been formed “to guide and assist in the reorganization of the diocese,” according to a list of its members here. Bishop John Clark Buchanan, who lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and Bishop Charles vonRosenberg of Daniel Island, both retired Episcopal Church bishops, are listed as advisers to the steering committee.

Hillery Douglas, a Charleston businessman and senior warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church there, chairs the steering committee. The committee hopes “to ensure that all Episcopalians in this diocese are able to remain in the Episcopal Church,” Douglas said after the Nov. 17 meeting.

Despite the votes last month and on Nov. 17, he said, “Episcopalians will continue to worship together in this diocese,” he added.

Tom Tisdale, a former diocesan chancellor who has worked for the presiding bishop in the diocese in the past, agreed. “The invitation to return will always be there without condition,” he said. “But we are looking to the future.”

The continuing diocese has created a website, which includes a listing of 12 parishes and congregations in which a majority of the members have said they are remaining in the Episcopal Church. There are 78 congregations in the diocese.

I hope the church will rally behind the people who have chosen to remain Episcopalians. My business partner and I had the privilege of working with all four of the previous reorganizing dioceses, and couldn’t help but be impressed and humbled by their faithfulness and their fortitude. Though often vilified, they remained strong in their convictions, and the church owes them a debt of gratitude. If someone in the Diocese of South Carolina asks you for a favor, please do it.

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  1. Ronald Caldwell

    The Episcopal Church leadership has done a wonderful job in South Carolina keeping the church going without a break, much as it did in the four earlier cases of secession. This has done a great deal to boost spirits all around the diocese, especially in the small towns and cities scattered from Georgia to North Carolina. For many years now, the conservative ruling monopoly in DSC has presented only one side to the people in the pews. Unless they knew of the Episcopal Forum or read the blog of Steve Skardon they knew nothing except what they were told by the establised diocesan power structure all of which was attack TEC 24/7.. In most parishes the faithful Episcopalians were silenced or ignored. At long last, the many Episcopalians scattered across the lowcountry will have a diocese that represents and reflects all. Inclusivity is back. Thanks be to God.

  2. tgflux

    If this is anything like the other diocesan-leadership schisms, those faithful Episcopalians who have been pushed out for YEARS will flow back. God bless them!

    JC Fisher

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