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S.C. Bishops call for advocacy ‘blitz,’ action in support of public schools

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops has scheduled two Education Advocacy Training and Action Days for April 10 and April 26, 2018, in an effort to bring the voice of the South Carolina Bishops’ Public Education Initiative to the halls of the South Carolina State House. 

Volunteers from churches across the state will begin the morning of April 10 at 8 a.m. with training at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, learning about the current status of education legislation and strategies for productive, respectful conversations with them. Later in the morning, meetings are scheduled with lawmakers across the street at the South Carolina State House. On April 26, the morning training will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon, after which volunteers will meet individually with legislators at the State House. 

The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops is a special ecumenical relationship among churches led by bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal-Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal Diocese of Upper S.C., Episcopal Church in S.C., Lutheran, Roman Catholic and United Methodist churches. 

Bishops have been collectively advocating for public education since April 2014, when they issued a joint pastoral letter pledging “our commitment to support the full flourishing of public education in South Carolina.” They expressed concern earlier this year, after the state Supreme Court dismissed a landmark school equity lawsuit, which was filed more than two decades ago to force the General Assembly to improve educational opportunities in the state’s poorest public schools. 

“Inequity in education delivery in our state cannot be remedied by the Legislature alone,” the bishops wrote in their January 2018 open letter to the General Assembly. The courts cannot correct this injustice alone. Only together can we make a difference for the children of South Carolina."

“We renew our call to people of faith to join us in support of flourishing education for all children. It is now time for us to act where progress is on hold or stalled. We reaffirm our commitment of our time to and resources toward securing a first-rate education for each child in South Carolina.” 

The bishops hope that this year’s advocacy blitzes serve as a call to action for all South Carolinians to be light for our world in educating students of our state.

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  • Bishop Greg Rickel on Stewardship
  • Leadership Day
  • Dean Timothy Jones of Trinity Cathedral
  • The Rev. Dr. James Farwell
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  • Bill Hunter of the Advent Shoppe
  • Christ Church Before Evensong
  • Gravatt Booth
  • Thompson Booth
  • Canterbury Booth
  • Sewanee Booth
  • Business Day
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