Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

An open letter to the parents who bring their children to church on Sundays from the congregation of Grace Church

[Grace Church, Anderson] We know parenting is tiring, especially on Sundays. We remember the days of trying to get a family to church. Finding clean church clothes. That fit everyone (haha). Trying to just get the children ready even if it means your own hair is not dry. Slinking into church after the priest processed down the aisle, hopefully during the collect but maybe the Psalm. Baby on your hip, toddlers in tow, balancing a diaper bag on your shoulder. Looking for a space for 5 people. You just have to slide past 4 other people to get a spot in the middle of the row on either side of the donkey (new word -that wooden piece in the middle of the row is a donkey).


The Rev. Jack Hardaway leads Lenten Quiet Day

The Rev. Jack Hardaway, rector of Grace, Anderson, led a Lenten Quiet Day at St. Peter's, Greenville March 4, 2017. About 50 people participated in this holy practice of taking large chunks of time for deep reflection. Jack offers us the reflections he shared with the group that day, to guide their time in prayer. Consider using these three reflections on parables to give yourself a quiet day this Lent.

Lenten Quiet Day, 4 March 2017


Members of Small Upstate Episcopal Church participate in big march

[St. Philip's, Greenville] Some members of the church known as the Miracle Church let their voices be heard in the nation’s capital. Nine members St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, SC traveled by bus to Washington, DC for the January 21st “Women’s March on Washington.” Reverend John Zellner joined the women from St. Philip’s to raise their voices in an effort to, “win back the country and world we want.” 


York Place Announcement


February 16, 2017

The Episcopal Church Home at York Place, Inc., an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, has assumed ownership of York Place, also known over the years as the Episcopal Home for Children, from Thompson Child and Family Focus, who owned and operated York Place for the past several years, Bishop W. Andrew Waldo announced today.

This transaction honors the devotion and dedication of not only Episcopalians in South Carolina but countless others of all faiths, some of whom grew up at York Place, volunteered there or had family helped by the caring services provided over many years at York Place, which strove to provide hope and healing to the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.

A vision task force will consider proposals for continuing and honoring the original mission of York Place.  

Bishop Waldo stated, “Opportunities for continuing this important ministry on this beautiful and historic site are wide-ranging.  We will strive to ensure facets of our historic work with children and youth in the tradition of York Place continue. We thank all York Place supporters for sustaining and strengthening the very important work that transforms the lives of families entrusted to our care. “


Mr. Rick Dent, President
Episcopal Church Home at York Place 
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Donations may be made payable to:

Episcopal Church Home at York Place, Inc.
1115 Marion Street
Columbia, SC 29201
please mark envelope Attn: Anna MacDermut

Lent Madness 2017

The Saintly Smackdown Returns!
brought to you by Forward Movement

Are you looking for something fun to focus on? Are you longing for inspiration and joy? For the eighth year running, people of faith are gearing up for Lent Madness, the "saintly smackdown" in which thirty-two saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo during the season of Lent.

With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures.


DEC approves new health care plan options and Medicare policy, as recommended by Diocesan Committee on Insurance


Expanded Health Benefits coming to EDUSC in 2017
Open Enrollment begins November 7
The EDUSC Insurance Committee invites you to attend regional trainings to learn about options for you and your employees


Diocesan House Open October 6th

The Diocesan House was closed Wednesday, October 5th in accordance with Governor Haley's directive that schools and government offices be closed and extra traffic kept off the roads to accommodate coastal evacuees. The Diocesan House will be open Thursday, October 6th. For more information on closings, visit WISTV's LOOK HERE - http://www.wistv.com/.../look-here-closings-and-cancellations...
For more on hurricane preparedness resources and how you can help, please click on the story here http://www.edusc.org/news/preparedness-for-hurricane-matthew.html.

New Prayer Book resource from Forward Movement

In his new accessible, practical book Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life, author Derek Olsen uses The Book of Common Prayer for a template to a deeper relationship with God. Explaining the purpose and intention of The Book of Common Prayer, and offering fresh insight, Olsen breaks down its services for practical application for daily living.


  • Bishop Waldo Calls to Order
  • Bishop Greg Rickel on Stewardship
  • Leadership Day
  • Dean Timothy Jones of Trinity Cathedral
  • The Rev. Dr. James Farwell
  • Ms. Terri Mathes
  • Closing Plenary Before Evensong
  • Bill Hunter of the Advent Shoppe
  • Christ Church Before Evensong
  • Gravatt Booth
  • Thompson Booth
  • Canterbury Booth
  • Sewanee Booth
  • Business Day
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