Episcopal Church in South Carolina welcomes new provisional bishop

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Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Doug Desper says: James Clement says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 September 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm I understand Doug. With regard to the ECSC, I personally believe that cheap grace does not exist amongst a people dedicated to reorganizing a diocese that has been torn asunder by schismatic forces. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Clergy gather before the altar for the investiture of Bishop Skip Adams, left, on Sept. 10. With him are (left to right) Bishop Dean E. Wolfe, vice president of the House of Bishops and bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas; Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, the outgoing provisional bishop of the diocese; the Very Rev. Michael Wright, dean of Grace Church Cathedral; and Bishop J. Michael Garrison, retired 10th bishop of the Diocese of Western New York. Photo: The Episcopal Church in South Carolina[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III was elected by acclamation and invested as the provisional bishop for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina on Sept. 10.“We are going to continue to look out, and to look beyond, and to trust whatever the future holds, because we know that future is held by God,” Adams told Episcopalians from across eastern South Carolina who gathered at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston.Adams is the successor to Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who led the diocese for 3-1/2 years as Provisional Bishop, guiding it through a period of reorganization after a group of churches and individuals announced they were breaking away from the Church in 2012.Adams is the successor to Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who led the diocese for 3.5 years as provisional bishop, guiding it through a period of reorganization after a group of churches and individuals announced they were breaking away from the church in 2012.Adams officially retires in October after serving 15 years as the 10th bishop of Central New York. Meanwhile, he has taken up residence in Charleston and begun his new duties as provisional bishop. He and his wife, Bonnie, were welcomed by more than 200 people at a reception the evening of Sept. 9 at Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston. (View photos of the reception)Following the usual procedure for provisional bishops, Adams was the only nominee put forward at the special convention of the diocese on Sept. 10, which was called to order by VonRosenberg. (View a photo album of the Special Convention and liturgy)The Rev. Jean McGraw, president of the Standing Committee, said Adams was the unanimous choice of the committee, who she said “saw Bishop Adams as a spiritual leader, a man of prayer, and open to the Holy Spirit. He exuded a peaceful, calm demeanor, and much inner strength.”The election was followed by a festive celebration of Holy Eucharist and an investiture liturgy. (Video of the service is here.)Preaching and presiding at the service was the Rt. Rev. Dean E. Wolfe, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. As vice president of the House of Bishops, he led the investiture on behalf of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. He also brought words of encouragement for the reorganized diocese, which now includes 31 congregations and some 7,000 members.“You know, you all are my heroes. You’re the people who get up early and stay up late to be The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,” Wolfe said in his sermon (text and video here).“This is a place where your deep faith has been challenged and your strongest loyalties have been questioned,” Wolfe said.  “…You picked up your cross and followed Christ.”Later in the service, Adams was formally seated in the cathedral by Dean Michael Wright. He then offered a tribute to VonRosenberg and his wife Annie.“I am very clear that I could not be here celebrating with all of you without huge amounts of work being done… we wouldn’t be here without them,” Adams said.He also thanked the people of the diocese for the welcome that he and Bonnie have received.  “There is nothing greater than experiencing the love of God through God’s people,” he said.“Anywhere that I have ever served in my 36 years of ordained ministry, Bonnie and I have fallen in love and we have been loved. And we look forward to falling in love with you.”As a concluding reflection, Bishop Adams offered an image from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky: “Never skate to where the puck is. Always skate to where the puck is going.”“I know that’s not a perfect science – it’s not always clear where the puck is going,” Adams said. “But I trust the Holy Spirit to lead us to where that puck is going… and that’s where we will go.” Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY September 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm I tried but cannot find their diocesan Parochial Report for last year. Is it available? It would be helpful to know what constitutes the diocese and what performance has occurred. 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Hopefully everyone knows that what really matters is the Average Sunday Attendance ( who cares about showing up – whether the Lord’s Day is the Lord’s or not). Church-wide stats show that we are not mustering half (about 47%) of members each week, and probably significant numbers of those attend only once a month. Nearly every church has uncommitted names on the books and the heartbeat of attendance tells quite a lot. Ultimately – if not soon – the viability of being a church or a diocese will have to be considered for this situation among others. Some people say that the wave of now and the future is people who identify with a church but have loose connections and that once/twice a month attendance should be tolerated as the new norm. If that is the case look next to the Christian Education/Christian training stats in each church and one can see the old saying in full blossom: “As goes the Sunday School so goes the Church.” For some reason Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s observations about cheap grace are coming to mind. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH last_img read more

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