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The Anglican Communion is the gathering of Anglican and Episcopal churches from around the world. Today, the Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 160 countries. At the head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The Protestant Episcopal Church, a branch of the Anglican Communion, comprises 111 dioceses in the United States, Province IX, and the American Convocation in Europe.

The Episcopal church, established shortly after the American Revolution, has its roots in the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church, known as the Church of England, had a strong following in colonial America. But when the colonies won their independence, the majority of America’s Anglican clergy refused to swear allegiance to the British monarch as was required. As a result, the Episcopal Church was formed. The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.

Episcopalians

  • As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • The Episcopal Church has members in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico; and also in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Curacao, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Taiwan, and the Virgin Islands.
  • We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
  • The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
  • Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
  • Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
  • We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
  • Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
  • Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
  • We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
  • We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
  • We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
  • We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
  • All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

Province IV

The Protestant Episcopal Church is divided into nine geographical provinces. Upper South Carolina belongs to the Fourth Province (Sewanee), which consists of 20 dioceses in nine southern states. Province IV is the largest of the Episcopal provinces, comprised of twenty dioceses in nine Southeastern states. This province is also called “the Province of Sewanee,” after the School of Theology of the University of the South, located in Sewanee, Tennessee. 

Dioceses

A diocese is a group of parishes and missions under the jurisdiction of a bishop. In the Diocese of Upper South Carolina there are 61 congregations from 23 counties.


Annual Diocesan Convention

The Convention, attended by deputies from the parishes and missions, adopts a program and budget and elects clerical and lay members of the Council.


Dicoesan Executive Council

This is the governing body of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina consisting of 18 members - 9 clerical and 9 lay. This group consists of the Executive Committee, the Standing Committee, and the Long Range Planning Group. Also under DEC are the diocesan commissions, which have separate functioning committees – see the diocesan website the current diocesan structure and contact information.

  • 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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  • Cursillo 130 9
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