Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina


THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA welcomes you in the name of Christ and of the 61 Episcopal congregations who are members of the diocese. Our Vision:  Making, equipping and sending mature disciples of Christ.

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Training for disaster work - a message from The Rev. Tim Ervolina

We tend to think of mission work as development: sowing the seeds, water properly, carefully pulling out the weeds, just like the farmer in Jesus' Parable of the Sower.

The mission work of Episcopal Relief and Development around the world is grounded in Asset-Based Community Development methodology, an approach that catalyzes change and development by using the existing gifts and capacities of people and their communities. It works. Just look at what's happening in Honduras or in the 40 other countries where Episcopal Relief & Development is working to change lives.

But what happens when a disaster strikes? Episcopal Relief & Development uses ABCD to its fullest after a disaster, when sometimes the only gifts available to respond to it are the gifts of the people themselves.

When Episcopal Relief & Development partners with a diocese after a disaster, local leadership is asked to identify what gifts the local diocese and local churches bring to the affected areas. Every diocese and congregation has a diverse pool of talent and gifts that they can bring to disaster response work. Next, local leadership is called upon to help identify what unmet needs exist after a disaster and who could be falling through the cracks of the disaster response. Where these gifts of the church and needs of the community overlap is where Episcopal Relief & Development works— meeting the needs of the most vulnerable after a disaster.

Your congregation can prepare for a disaster response with Matching Gifts and Needs After a Disaster, is a course designed to model ABCD methodology, to aid churches in recognizing their gifts and to identify ways those gifts can be leveraged to meet the needs after a disaster.

Our Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief & Development, Deacon Timothy Ervolina is available to help your congregation prepare for disaster by bringing this and other training to you. He is also available for adult education classes, congregational preaching or other speaking engagements. If you're interested in knowing more, by email Deacon Ervolina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call him at 803.622.9176.

To help congregations prepare for the Lenten journey, each congregation is encouraged to order the 2018 Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations guide. Available in English and Spanish, this year's devotional focuses on Early Childhood Development with reflections from faith leaders from across the Anglican Communion. These deeply meaningful meditations explore how children inform our spirituality and what we can learn from their spiritual lives.

Additionally, we invite you to commemorate Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, February 18, 2018, or another convenient date during the year.

The devotionals are available in English and Spanish from Episcopal Media Center (EMC) and additional Lenten resources are also available. All materials are free; a minimal fee will be charged for shipping and handling. Large orders or overnight and second-day delivery will incur additional shipping costs.

To place orders, call EMC toll free at 1.866.937.2772, visit the online Episcopal Marketplace. We recommend that materials be ordered by February 2nd to ensure they will arrive in time for Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Learn more about how to hold an Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday and find additional ideas and resources for planning your event by calling the Rev. Deacon Timothy Ervolina at 803-622-9176 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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