Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

A remarkable and ordinary act of faith

by The Rev. Furman Buchanan, Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
    Mr. Zafer Mohiuddin, President of the Islamic Society of Greenville

[November 8, 2017] A remarkable and yet ordinary thing happened in Greenville this week. A Christian woman dedicated to serving God by loving her neighbor as herself reached out to someone in need. At the same time a Muslim woman dedicated to serving God by loving her neighbor as herself reached out too. They both reached out—one with a cup of rice and the other with a scoop of dried vegetables—and filled a bag of nutritious food for yet another neighbor they will never meet.

Even though these women do not see eye to eye—religiously, culturally, or politically—they nonetheless stood side by side, along with two hundred other faithful Muslims and Christians. They did the very thing their different faiths hold in common as a sacred, essential, expression of one's love for God.

On Saturday, the Islamic Society of Greenville and St. Peter's Episcopal Church donated and packaged 31,000 meals as a collaborative act of charity. Children of God, from four years old to eighty-four years old, dressed out in hijabs, hats, and hairnets to serve the poor. In addition to practicing their faith, members of these two local communities also practiced hospitality by meeting one another, standing together, and promoting peace and goodwill in our wider community of Greenville.

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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Medical Services for Children

by Kay Henderson

"Empower us to live the mission of Christ: to preach, teach, heal, and make disciplines." These words form the core of the Prayer for Spiritual Growth adopted by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (Spartanburg, SC). When Bishop Waldo talked with our Vestry about the importance of the Diocese's actions to address educational disparities in South Carolina by partnering with schools as mentors and tutors, we realized that we had linked "to teach" and "to heal" in a new way.

St. Matthews' food pantry is conducted as a market, serving 80 families a week. Nutritional advice, fresh produce from the church garden, and a wide array of food choices are offered. When the Edward Via Campus of the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) started in Spartanburg, St. Matt's rector, Father Rob Brown, identified an opportunity for partnership. A free medical clinic, serving all comers of all ages, is conducted at St. Matts on the first Wednesday of every month as an adjunct to the food pantry. VCOM provides experienced faculty supervising enthusiastic medical students, assisted by medical professional, and non-medical, parishioners. The medical students volunteer for this evening assignment. With smiles for all, they assist with set up, clean up, and demonstrate the time, patience, and skill needed to foster a private-practice type relationship with our food pantry clients and other church neighbors for whom preventive care is a rarely available commodity.

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Bishop Waldo's address to the 95th Diocesan Convention

A sermon on deep reconciliation and healing preached at the 95th Diocesan Convention, Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, November 4, 2017

 

A holiday update from our Diocesan ERD Coordinator

This past summer and early autumn has seen an unusually high number of natural disasters that Episcopal Relief & Development has responded to: the wildfires in California and the aftermath of the Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In fact, Consumer Reports cited Episcopal Relief & Development for its efforts in disaster recovery.

But disasters are not the only thing that Episcopal Relief & Development responds to. Ongoing issues of poverty, education and justice are core parts of the mission of the Episcopal Church's outreach to the world. Episcopal Relief & Development just received a $1.4 million Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grant to support early childhood development in Zambia and to extend the program into Kenya. The four-year grant will enable the organization and its local partners, Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Programmes and Anglican Church of Kenya Development Services to impact 7,600 families including 14,880 children under the age of three, many of whom are impacted by HIV/AIDS.

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A message from Bishop Waldo on Sutherland Springs

November 6, 2017

Dear People of God,

Once again, senseless gun violence has burst upon innocent men, women and children; this time in the tiny Texas community of Sutherland Springs. I ask your prayers for the shattered families of the victims and for a town that can hardly imagine how it will recover. The murdered worshipers at First Baptist Church there were our brothers and sisters in baptism, and heirs in Christ's eternal reign. Pray with me for the repose of their souls, and for courage and hope in the midst of dark despair for the survivors. Pray with me for first responders who must now deal with images that will assault their spirits.

And pray for peace. Pray that the way of Christ will be known and made known.

Blessings and grace to each and every one of you.

In the name of Jesus,

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Andrew Waldo
Eighth Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

BUAGV calls Church to pray, elected leaders to act

Bishops United Against Gun Violence calls church to pray, elected leaders to act
"One does not offer prayers in lieu of demonstrating political courage, but rather in preparation."
 

 

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 70 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, released the following statement on the shootings on Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas:

In the wake of the heartbreaking shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, we find ourselves both calling people to prayer, and wishing that the word did not come so readily to the lips of elected leaders who are quick to speak, but take no action on behalf of public safety.

In prayer, Christians commend the souls of the faithful departed to the mercy and love of God. We beseech our Creator to comfort the grieving and shield the vulnerable. Prayer is not an offering of vague good wishes. It is not a spiritual exercise that successfully completed exempts one from focusing on urgent issues of common concern. Prayer is not a dodge. In prayer we examine our own hearts and our own deeds to determine whether we are complicit in the evils we deplore. And if we are, we resolve to take action; we resolve to amend our lives.

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Join in prayer with The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

Dear Good People of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,

As you are aware, the mediation conversations will commence in Columbia on Monday, November 6, and are scheduled for an initial three days. I know many of you are already doing so, but I ask that everyone in our Diocese, individually and corporately when gathered in worship, to be holding all parties at the table in prayer. The form and content is up to you, but my prayer will be that everyone present will be radically open to the Spirit's presence, our conversations will be respectful of one another's dignity, and that we will begin preparation for a future that participates in the new creation God desires for us all.

On this All Saints Day, be reminded that we are gathered together in a "blest communion, fellowship divine...yet all are one in thee, for all are thine."

Blessings and peace to you in Christ,

Bishop Skip

The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III
Bishop Provisional, South Carolina

Constitution and Canons Committee responds to first round of questions on Proposed Canons

Dear people of EDUSC - We've had a great response from you on the Proposed Canons Online Forum. More than 350 people have clicked-through to read the 2 and 1/2 year-long work of the Constitution and Canons Committee. The first round of questions and answers is now posted on the online forum. Take a minute to read the responses. Send in your questions, attend one of the two workshop sessions on the Canons on Leadership Day Nov. 3 in Spartanburg, or the Convention Forum at 8 am Saturday, Nov. 4 in Spartanburg - there are many ways to ask your questions! We appreciate your feedback and support. Click on the Diocesan Seal below to see the latest report. The Proposed Canons will be voted on at Convention Saturday, Nov. 4.

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SC religious leaders tapped to combat racism

from the Catholic Miscellany newspaper

By Chip Lupo
Special to the Miscellany


Bps at DialogueCOLUMBIA – It should be the duty of the Christian faith community to take the lead in combatting racism in our society.
That was the call to action brought forth by theologian and author, Drew, G. I. Hart, PH.D., at the fall dialogue of The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops' on Oct. 15 at Shandon Methodist Church.

Formerly known as LARCUM, the coalition of Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist bishops was recently expanded to include the African Methodist Episcopal Church and other Protestant denominations and is now known as The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops.

"If we're going to be serious about confronting racism in any sphere, we have to be committed first as Christians to getting to the root of it and not just being well-intentioned," said Hart, author of "Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism."

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