Category : * South Carolina

Disappearing churches: Downtown Charleston, South Carolina, congregations cope with big changes

The Greater Macedonia Church building on Alexander Street in downtown Charlesston is for sale. So is the Mount Carmel AME Church building on Rutledge Avenue. The old Zion-Olivet Presbyterian Church at the end of Cannon Street sits empty.

The congregation of Plymouth Congregational Church has relocated to the West Ashley area of Charleston. Shiloh AME Church is moving, too.

The Charleston peninsula is losing churches, even as new residents stream into the three-county metropolitan area.

Other religious institutions downtown are managing to hang on, even thrive, in this dynamic period of change.

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Posted in * South Carolina, Religion & Culture, Urban/City Life and Issues

South Carolina Men’s Basketball beats Florida to make the first Final Four in Team History

Posted in * South Carolina, Men, Sports, Young Adults

(Local Paper) Newly ordained couple minister together at Mount Pleasant’s Church of the Holy Cross

When Kate and Sean Norris first set up a church together, they were surrounded by pawn shops and tattoo parlors on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

At first, Kate said she was skeptical. The call to start a church had come to her husband while she was pregnant.

“It was just a divine kick in the pants that you cannot ignore,” she said.

For a time, the couple ran their church out of a supermarket. Once, they held mass in a tattoo parlor.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina, Marriage & Family, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry

Companies doing Good(II): Google equips buses with wifi and offers computers to South Carolina students who have a long ride daily

Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a grant from Google, she can now use that time more productively and get her homework done.

The aspiring forensic anthropologist is one of nearly 2,000 students in rural Berkeley County who will ride to school on one of 28, Google-funded, Wi-Fi-equipped school buses unveiled Monday.

The technology giant also has given the school district 1,700 Chromebooks, the stripped-down laptops on which many schoolchildren now do their class and homework.

As more class assignments and homework migrate online, such long bus rides have generally counted as lost time in preparing for the next school day. But Google said it hopes to help expand the use of Wi-Fi on school buses in other rural areas elsewhere around the country.

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Posted in * South Carolina, Children, Corporations/Corporate Life, Education, Science & Technology

South Carolina lawmakers considering allowing teens to get protection orders tied to dating violence

Lawmakers are considering allowing teenagers as young as 16 to get court orders of protection — without parental consent — when they are victims of domestic violence.

A proposed bill would also require teen-dating violence education in public schools and would increase penalties for those convicted of associated crimes.

Students from Ridge View High School in Columbia recently testified before a Statehouse panel supporting legislation that better defines teen dating violence.

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Posted in * South Carolina, Anthropology, Ethics / Moral Theology, Sexuality, State Government, Teens / Youth, Violence

(NYT) South Carolina pulls off arguably the biggest win in program history, shocking No. 2 Duke

Duke, universally admired and despised, found itself engulfed by Carolinas — North and South — at the sold-out Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., on Sunday. Cheers and jeers cascaded down on the Blue Devils as they fell to South Carolina, 88-81, in a rare upset in this N.C.A.A. tournament.

The Blue Devils, the second seed in the East Region, had a 30-23 lead at halftime after the seventh-seeded Gamecocks missed 20 of their last 22 field goal attempts before the break. But as cold as it was in the first half, South Carolina was just as hot in the second.

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Posted in * South Carolina, Sports

Kendall Harmon’s Sunday Sermon-Being Exposed by the Light that Breaks Down our Walls (John 4:5-42)

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Posted in * By Kendall, * South Carolina, Christology, Ministry of the Ordained, Preaching / Homiletics, Sermons & Teachings, Theology: Scripture

Phil Ashey on the Diocese of South Carolina’s Decision to Seek to Join ACNA

We could not agree more with Bishop Lawrence’s observation on one key reason they are choosing to affiliate with this new Anglican Province:

“The entire Anglican world has been in disarray since (The Episcopal Church) and the Anglican Church of Canada took unprecedented actions in 2003 [and 2002], tearing the fabric of the Anglican Communion. Unfortunately, the unravelling has continued through the last decade and to date none of the four historic Instruments of Unity have been able to mend the net nor to exercise godly authority. The future within Anglicanism now appears to lie with alignments of relationship and gospel mission rather than hierarchal solutions.  Our brothers and sisters in the ACNA are partners “with whom we can stand in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” (Phil 1:27)

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Posted in * South Carolina, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Photos from the 226th Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina, Photos/Photography

Diocese of South Carolina Votes to Affiliate with the ACNA

“From Pentecost on Christians are meant to be connected,” said the Very Rev. Craige Borrett, Rector of Christ-St. Paul’s, Hollywood, who served as Chairman of the Provincial Affiliation Task Force for the Diocese, and who recommended this affiliation last March. “We’re family. And with this decision we’re uniting ourselves with a diverse group of biblical, orthodox, Anglicans who are recognized by the majority of the Anglican Communion. I’m excited about the impact we can have as well.”

“The ACNA is full of ministry friends and colleagues we have known and worked with for many years,” said the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis. “It is a joy to now be under one roof with them. We’ll be blessed to have the benefit of the work they’re doing in important areas like church planting. And we look forward to sharing our assets as well – things like our strong youth and grandparenting ministries and our beachfront camp and conference center, St. Christopher’s.”

The Convention was also blessed with a recorded greeting from the leadership of the Anglican Communion’s GAFCON movement, The Most Rev. Peter Jensen and the Most Rev. Peter Akinola. “In times like these we need to be able to partner with fellow Christians who share common faith with us,” said the Archbishop Akinola. “We need to stand together to make a difference in this world of darkness where people are deviating day by day from the standards of scripture. We know that in the ACNA we can stand together to work for the glory of God.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

Bp Mark Lawrence’s Address at the 226th South Carolina Diocesan Convention

ACNA is a partner with who we can stand “in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” The entire Anglican world has been in disarray since TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada took unprecedented actions in 2003, tearing the fabric of the Anglican Communion. Unfortunately, the unravelling has continued through the last decade and to date none of the four historic Instruments of Unity have been able to mend the net nor to exercise godly authority. The future within Anglicanism now appears to lie with alignments of relationship and gospel mission rather than hierarchal solutions. Our brothers and sisters in the ACNA are partners “with whom we can stand in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” (Phil 1:27)

• There are things a Province can do better than a Diocese. Just as there are things that a diocese can do better than a parish and things a parish can do better than a diocese so too there are things a Province can do better than either. We as a diocese can do much to reach those within South Carolina. Yet we also live our lives within a nation and within the wider culture of North America. Much that happens in various parts of the country soon than later end up influencing life here in the eastern half of our state. The make of shoes James LeBron wears in Cleveland can be seen on the young boy playing hoops in Berkeley County. Just as we recognize the need for voting in national as well as regional politics, we also recognized we have Christ’s command to reach and influence the spiritual landscape on a larger scale. The ACNA boldly seeks to reach all of North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. I believe that is something we can all support.

• The ACNA’s principle of subsidiarity—that of resolving questions at the lowest level possible—seems well fitted for the post-Christian world that we have entered into and with the differing societies of North America.

• The convictions and ministries which we have fashioned and been fashioned by will be warmly celebrated and shared. I

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina

Diocese of South Carolina votes formally to ask to be a member of ACNA, vote passed unanimously in both orders

Posted in * South Carolina, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

The Diocese of SC Convention is Underway….

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina

Bp Alphonza Gadsden preaches at the Diocese of SC’s Opening Convention Eucharist

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina, Preaching / Homiletics

Please pray for South Carolina’s 226th Diocesan Convention which starts today

The Diocese of South Carolina, which separated from the Episcopal Church in 2012 for theological and canonical reasons, is expected to join the Anglican Church in North America at their 226th Diocesan convention, which will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville, March 10-11, 2017. More than 350 convention delegates and clergy members from 52 churches across the eastern and coastal part of the state will participate in the annual gathering.

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), which emphasizes church planting, was established in 2009 and is composed of 111,853 members in 966 churches and 32 dioceses spread across Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

If they join, the Diocese of South Carolina, with 22,000 members, will be the largest Diocese in the ACNA.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina