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Bishop VonRosenberg's Visitation at Calvary Church on Sunday, October 11, 2015

posted Oct 3, 2015, 6:26 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church

The Bishop is coming to Calvary!!! 

October 11, 2015  at  10:30 A.M.
 Calvary Episcopal Church
106 Line Street
Charleston, South Carolina

The Right Reverend Charles G. Von Rosenberg will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at Calvary Church on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  His visit makes it clear that God is truly blessing us and we want to be sure to express our appreciation for his leadership and commitment.  Please join us in extending a warm Calvary welcome.  Come to worship, bring your family and friends. 

We hope to see you for this very special day!

Click this link to see the Diocesan Prayer Calendar for the Bishop's schedule of visitations
and congregations we're praying for each week alongside the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.

A Letter from Your Stewardship Committee

posted Oct 3, 2015, 3:18 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Oct 3, 2015, 4:01 PM ]


How is money a spiritual issue for you?

Who helped you think differently about money and faith?

How does giving reflect your values?

What do you value about your faith community?

What are the challenges, choices and outcomes of intentional and proportional giving?


How is giving a practice of transformation, or an offering of thanksgiving?


How has intentional and proportional giving strengthened your relationship with Christ?

Call to Convention of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, November 13-14, 2015

posted Sep 28, 2015, 2:53 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 3:21 PM ]

Call to Convention
November 13-14, 2015 
“A Call to All”

Notice is hereby given that the
Annual Convention of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina will be held at

Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina
on November 13-14, 2015.
Our theme will be "A Call to All."


Download the complete 
Convention Registration Packet here!

Individual forms:

Call to Convention
Registration forms
Hotel Information
Workshop Brochure
Notice of Elections 
Nomination submission form
Resolution submission form

Convention resources
Nominations Report
Proposed Revised Canon 17
Social Media information
(Convention hashtag: #SC225)
Journals of Previous Conventions

The location for the
225th Annual Convention:

Holy Cross Faith Memorial
Episcopal Church

Pawley's Island

113 Baskervill Drive
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Website: holycrossfm.org
Map & Directions

We are delighted to have the Right Reverend Doctor Robert Gillies, the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, one of the seven historic dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church, as the preacher for our Convention Eucharist.

As usual, Diocesan Convention this year will present opportunities to accomplish two primary goals: to do the necessary work for our diocese at its annual convention, and to participate in the annual reunion of the people of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

We also look forward to workshops on Friday, November 13. This year, in keeping with our theme, we are offering multiple workshops. Each one focuses on a different way we are called to serve the church. Participants will be able to attend two workshops, one in the morning session and one in the afternoon session. Topics include Spiritual Gifts, Disaster Planning, and Telling Your Story. There will also be an all-day workshop for interested clergy on preaching the lectionary gospels for Year C. Leading the workshop will be the Rev. Dr. Thomas Long of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. Please see the workshop brochure and registration form for detailed descriptions.

Four Deanery Meetings are being scheduled prior to Convention. These meetings are to include all clergy, delegates and alternates for the Fall 2015 Convention. Attendance at these meetings is important, as they are the venue for:
  • Discussion of the 2016 program and budget
  • Introduction of nominees for diocesan offices
  • Proposed resolutions

Southern Deanery: Sunday, September 27, 3:00 p.m.
 at The Episcopal Church in Okatie

West Charleston: Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m.
at St. Thomas, North Charleston

 Peninsula: Sunday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.
at Grace, Charleston

Pee Dee-Waccamaw:  Sunday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. 
at Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Pawley’s Island

If you cannot attend the meeting scheduled for your deanery, you are welcome to attend another one.

Preliminary Convention Schedule 
(subject to change prior to November 13)

Friday, November 13

9:00 a.m. .......................Check-in and registration begins.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ...Workshops, Session I
12:00-1:00 p.m. .............Lunch (Included with paid registrations for the Friday workshops)
1:00-3:00 p.m. ...............Workshops, Session II
1:00 p.m. .......................Convention Registration Opens
3:30-5:00 p.m. ...............Break-Out Informational Sessions: 
     3:30 p.m. ..................Budget
     4:00 p.m. ..................Resolutions
     4:30 p.m. ..................Constitution & Canons
5:00 p.m. .......................Call to Order, followed immediately by Convention Eucharist.
                                       The Right Reverend Doctor Robert Gillies, Preacher;
                                       and the Right Reverend Charles vonRosenberg, Celebrant.

6:30 p.m. .......................Welcoming Dinner. Dinner and beverages will be served
                                       (included with delegate and visitor registration).

Saturday, November 14

8:00 a.m. ........................Late registration/check-in. Coffee and light breakfast
                                        (included with registration)

9:00 a.m. ........................Morning Prayer followed by morning business session.
12:00 p.m. ......................(or as business allows) Box Lunches served (included with registration)
1:00 p.m. ........................(or as business allows) Afternoon business session and concluding worship.

Elections at Convention

The Convention will hold elections for the following positions:
  • Standing Committee: 2 lay members and 2 clergy members
  • Diocesan Council: 2 lay members and 2 clergy members
  • University of the South Board of Trustees: 1 clergy member (3-year term)
Suggestions for nominations are welcome; they must have the approval of the person being nominated. The deadline was September 7; late nominations still may be received at Diocesan Convention. A Notice of Election and Nomination Form are available online here. The Nominations Report can be viewed here.


Members of the diocese are invited to submit resolutions for consideration at the Convention. These must follow the format and guidelines described in the Notice of Submittal of Resolutions, found here. The deadline for resolutions was Monday, September 7; late resolutions still may be received at Diocesan Convention. 

Resolutions affecting the Constitution and Canons must be submitted to the Committee on Constitutions and Canons. These also must be received by September 7, 2015.

Registration Procedures

Each Parish and Mission is asked to send in one registration for all their delegates, alternates and clergy. Clergy who are not directly affiliated with a delegation may register individually. Visitors may register with the delegation, or on their own. The Registration Form is available to download and print here Registration cost is $75 per delegate, $50 per visitor, and $25 for Friday night Eucharist and dinner only.


Registration for the Friday workshops is $15.00. Attendance is encouraged, but optional. These workshops are open to everyone in the diocese. Lay leaders in parishes and missions are encouraged to attend, as well as clergy and delegates who are attending the Convention. Workshop registration forms are here.  
Please register by Wednesday, October 19, 2015.

Visitors, including the news media, are welcome to attend all convention events, but must be registered in advance by October 19. A visitor registration charge of $50 is required for meals and printed materials.

Hotel Accommodations and Guest Lodging

Clergy and delegates are responsible for making their own arrangements for lodging, if needed.

Rooms at several price-points have been reserved for the Convention on November 12, 13, 14. To secure these special Convention rates, contact these hotels directly by October 1. (The reserved rooms will be released after that time and the rates may not be honored.) If you need financial assistance, please contact the Diocesan Office. Hotel rates and contact information can be found here.

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I look forward to welcoming you to Convention in November.

Peace in Christ,


The Venerable Calhoun Walpole, Archdeacon
Secretary of Convention

News and Pictures from the Anti-Racism Training at Calvary on September 15, 2015

posted Sep 28, 2015, 2:19 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church

"Traces of the Trade" program encourages conversations, listening, and action

See a full report and pictures at this link: 

Clergy and laypeople from around the diocese filled historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston on Tuesday for the first diocesan “Traces of the Trade” event and an opportunity to bring open minds and hearts to conversations about the legacy of slavery and racism.

Participants at Tuesday's session said they were glad they took part in the conversations, and encouraged others to attend the remaining programs being offered this week in Hilton Head Island, Conway, and North Charleston.

“This event sheds light, so that others can light their candles by it,” said Joe Frazier, Senior Warden of Calvary. “It’s a worthwhile opportunity for people to come and participate.”

Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, a retired educator and lecturer who attended the session, said events like “Traces” were a way of beginning to address the need for better education. “So much of the problem of communication between the races is due to a lack of knowledge,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to learn how each group is feeling – to lessen the gap.”

Bishop Charles vonRosenberg opened the gathering by recalling his first experience with Dain and Constance Perry, the couple who are visiting Charleston to facilitate the programs. The Bishop had invited the Perrys to East Tennessee several years ago, when he was bishop there. “That began a process that is ongoing, and we hope the same will be true here.”

Tuesday’s program consisted of a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” followed by a time for people to share their own stories. Introducing the film, Dain Perry spoke of growing up in Charleston. He attended Porter-Gaud School. His father was rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston for 13 years; and his grandfather was James DeWolf Perry III, the 18th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, who died in Summerville in 1947.

The DeWolf family was the pre-eminent slave trading family in United States history, playing a role in bringing more than 10,000 enslaved people from Africa to the Americas. Mrs. Perry, meanwhile, introduced herself as a descendant of slaves from North Carolina and Virginia – states in which Dain Perry’s maternal ancestors once were slaveholders.

Mr. Perry told the audience that on June 16, the couple had just confirmed their plans to come to Charleston to facilitate the “Traces” program. The following day, June 17, the Emanuel AME shootings occurred.

“We were struck down to the depths of our hearts,” he said. Under the circumstances, he said they almost expected a call from the diocese asking to postpone the “Traces” program. But Bishop vonRosenberg’s response was different, Mr. Perry said: that the events at Emanuel made this kind of conversation more important and necessary than ever. “We were just awed by that,” he said.

Reflecting on the reaction to the tragedy by the people of Mother Emanuel and the people of Charleston, he said, “I haven’t ever been more proud of Charleston. You all did a remarkable job, and you’re continuing to do a remarkable job. You are bringing the gospel right to where the gospel needs to work the hardest.”

Events like the four “Traces” programs being offered by the diocese are not about blame or guilt, he said. “It’s about getting a better understanding of how we’ve gotten so terribly stuck where we are today, so we can begin healing.” 

The film traced the journey of 10 of the DeWolf family descendants, including Dain Perry, as they uncovered the family’s historic involvement with the slave trade that bought and sold human beings, sugar, rum and ships in a triangular route from Rhode Island to Ghana in West Africa, to Cuba, and back to New England.

After watching the documentary, people gave one-word descriptions of their feelings. Some of the words they used were: understanding and respect, sadness, shame, guilt and sorrow; hopefulness and gratitude; desire for action; impatience for change and healing; despair and hope, disappointment, and urgency. They elaborated on these words by sharing some of their personal stories and experiences with racism.

Conversations like these are “a very holy time, a time of handing over these feelings to God,” Constance Perry said. And they are not times for debate, but a time to speak and listen with open hearts.

HALOS EVENT: 4th Annual Halos Oyster Roast

posted Sep 23, 2015, 10:10 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 10:19 AM ]



Sunday, October 18th, 2015

4-7 PM

Harborside East

28 Bridgeside Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 


Join HALOS for oysters, beer, wine and fun times to benefit children and families in the Lowcountry!

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon including oysters, chili, Brunswick stew, hotdogs, beer, wine, live music and a silent auction while taking in beautiful waterfront views. Kids can play in the jump castle or Monster game truck!

Tickets include all food and beverages and are available for $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Children 10 and under are admitted free.


Click here to purchase tickets online.  

For more information, email tara@charlestonhalos.org or call 843-953-9539.

Holy Communion Preparation

posted Sep 2, 2015, 11:20 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church

Anyone interested in preparing for reception of Holy Communion, please contact Fr. Burton

Fr. Burton's email:  michael0095@bellsouth.net

Calvary Episcopal Church - 106 Line Street - Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: 843-723-3878   Fax:  843-723-3101

The Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross)

posted Jan 27, 2015, 8:55 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 1:27 PM ]

Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross)

A devotion to the Passion of Christ which recalls a series of events at the end of Jesus' life from his condemnation to his burial. The Way of the Cross imitates the practice of visiting the places of Jesus' Passion in the Holy Land by early Christian pilgrims. The first stations outside Palestine were built in Bologna in the fifth century. This devotion was encouraged by the Franciscans, and it became common in the fifteenth century. The number of stations for prayer and meditation in the Way of the Cross has varied, but it typically includes fourteen stations. Each station may have a cross and an artistic representation of the scene. The stations may be erected inside a church or outdoors. The BOS includes the following stations in the Way of the Cross: 1) Jesus is condemned to death; 2) Jesus takes up his cross; 3) Jesus falls the first time; 4) Jesus meets his afflicted mother; 5) the cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene; 6) a woman wipes the face of Jesus; 7) Jesus falls a second time; 8) Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem; 9) Jesus falls a third time; 10) Jesus is stripped of his garments; 11) Jesus is nailed to the cross; 12) Jesus dies on the cross; 13) the body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother; 14) Jesus is laid in the tomb. The BOS notes that eight of the stations are based on events that are recorded in the gospels. The remaining six (stations 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 13) are based on inferences from the gospels or pious legends. The BOS allows these six stations to be omitted from the Way of the Cross. The BOS provides opening devotions and the Lord's Prayer. There is a versicle and response, a reading, a prayer, and a collect for each of the fourteen stations. Concluding prayers before the altar follow the fourteenth station in the BOS service. The hymn Stabat Mater has been associated with the Way of the Cross. Verses of this hymn traditionally have been sung between each of the stations when the devotion is done by a congregation. The Stabat Mater appears as "At the cross her vigil keeping," Hymn 159 in The Hymnal 1982. The BOS suggests that verses of this hymn be sung as the ministers enter for the Way of the Cross and as they approach the first station. The BOS also suggests that the Trisagion be chanted as the procession goes from station to station. The Way of the Cross is a popular devotion that is often done on Fridays during Lent. However, it should not displace the Proper Liturgy for Good Friday. Some have questioned its disassociation of Jesus' death from his resurrection.

Source:  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/way-cross-stations-cross

Why do the Stations?

Source:  http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations-prn.html

The most important reason for reviving the practice of making the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus' gift of himself to us.  It takes the reflection on the passion out of my head, and makes it an imaginative exercise.  It involves my senses, my experience and my emotions.  To the extent I come to experience the love of Jesus for me, to that extent the gratitude I feel will be deep.  Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as I have been loved.  First, just a note about the history of the stations:

The History:

From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection.  When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was.  These sites become important holy connections with Jesus.  Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord, along the way of the cross, became a part of the pilgrimage visit.  The stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites.  In the 1500's, villages all over Europe started creating "replicas" of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem.  Eventually, these shrines became the set of 14 stations we now know and were placed in almost every Catholic Church in the world.

How to do the Stations?

Making the stations is easy.  And, we tried to make this online experience of them an easy adaptation of what one would do, if doing them in a church before real stations.

The Context:

The first point to note is that this is prayer.  It isn't an intellectual exercise.  It is in the context of my relationship with God.  I could read through the text of each of the stations, and look at the pictures, but that wouldn't necessarily be prayer.  This is an invitation to enter into a gifted faith experience of who Jesus is for me.  It becomes prayer when I open my heart to be touched, and it leads me to express my response in prayer.

The second thing to remember is that this is an imaginative exercise.  Its purpose is not a historical examination of "what really happened" on that day in history.  It's about something far more profound.  This is an opportunity to use this long standing Christian prayer to let Jesus touch my heart deeply by showing me the depth of his love for me.  The context is the historical fact that he was made to carry the instrument of his death, from the place where he was condemned to die, to Calvary where he died, and that he was taken down and laid in a tomb.  The religious context is that today Jesus wants to use any means available to move my heart to know his love for me.  These exercises can allow me to imaginatively visualize the "meaning" of his passion and death.

The point of this exercise is to lead us to gratitude.  It will also lead us into a sense of solidarity with all our brothers and sisters.  In our busy, high tech lives we can easily get out of touch with the terrible suffering of real people in our world.  Journeying with Jesus in the Stations, allows us to imagine his entry into the experience of those who are tortured, unjustly accused or victimized, sitting on death row, carrying impossible burdens, facing terminal illnesses, or simply fatigued with life.

How to:
Just go from one station to another.  When "arriving" at a station, begin by looking carefully at the image itself.  Click on the image there to enlarge the photo.  See who is in the scene.  Look at how they are arranged and what the artist who created this image is trying to tell us about the drama there.

This online version is divided into four parts:

  • The first part is a simple description of the scene.  It helps us be conscious of what the "meaning" of this station is for us.
  • The second part is the traditional prayer at each station.  Its words become more and more meaningful as we repeat them throughout the journey.
  • The third part is the contemplation of the scene.  This is a guided reflection on the power of the scene for me, to enter it more deeply and to lead to some experience of it personally.
  • The fourth part is my response.  This is expressed in my own words.  It is the place where the sorrow and gratitude flow from my heart.
When to do them:
The beauty of the online version is that I can do the stations whenever I like.  The only guide we'd offer is to not rush through them.  Just reading through them is not making them, any more than walking around a church to look at them is making them.  It could be a wonderful prayer experience to do them as only one or two stations a day for one or two weeks.  It can also be powerful to do all 14, very prayerfully, over the course of 40 minutes to an hour, in a single evening, or to do seven one night and seven the following night.  Finally, it can be wonderful to return to the experience several weeks or months later, and discover that because of some struggle or difficulty I am experiencing, the stations become a different experience and a fresh experience of consolation.

The First Station:  Jesus is condemned to die.
Jesus stands in the most human of places.  He has already experienced profound solidarity with so many on this earth, by being beaten and tortured.  Now he is wrongfully condemned to punishment by death.  His commitment to entering our lives completely begins its final steps.  He has said "yes" to God and placed his life in God's hands.  We follow him in this final surrender, and contemplate with reverence each place along the way, as he is broken and given for us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As I view the scene, I become moved by both outrage and gratitude.
I look at Jesus.  His face.  The crown of thorns.  The blood.  His clothes stuck to the wounds on his back. 
Pilate washes his hands of the whole affair.  Jesus' hands are tied behind his back.

This is for me.  That I might be free.  That I might have eternal life. 
As the journey begins I ask to be with Jesus.  To follow his journey. I express my love and thanks.

The Second Station:  Jesus Carries His Cross.
Jesus is made to carry the cross on which he will die.  It represents the weight of all our crosses.  What he must have felt as he first took it upon his shoulders!  With each step he enters more deeply into our human experience.  He walks in the path of human misery and suffering, and experiences its crushing weight.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I contemplate the wood of that cross.  I imagine how heavy it is.  I reflect upon all it means that Jesus is carrying it.
I look into his eyes.  It's all there.

This is for me.  So I place myself with him in this journey.  In its anguish.  In his freedom and surrender.  In the love that must fill his heart.

With sorrow and gratitude, I continue the journey.  Moved by the power of his love, I am drawn to him and express my love in the words that come to me.

The Third Station:  Jesus Falls the First Time.
The weight is unbearable.  Jesus falls under it.  How could he enter our lives completely without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life of so many on this earth!  He lays on the ground and knows the experience of weakness beneath unfair burdens.  He feels the powerlessness of wondering if he will ever be able to continue.  He is pulled up and made to continue.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I stare at the weakness in his eyes.  I can look at his whole body and see the exhaustion.
As I behold him there on the ground, being roughly pulled up, I know forever how profoundly he understands my fatigue and my defeats.

This is for me.  In grief and gratitude I want to let him remain there.  As I watch him stand again and gain an inner strength, I accept his love and express my thanks.

The Fourth Station:  Jesus Meets His Mother.
Jesus' path takes him to a powerful source of his strength to continue.  All his life, his mother had taught him the meaning of the words, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord."  Now they look into each other's eyes.  How pierced-through her heart must be!  How pained he must be to see her tears!  Now, her grace-filled smile blesses his mission and stirs his heart to its depth.  Love and trust in God bind them together.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As I watch them in this place along the way, I contemplate the mystery of love's power to give strength.
She knows the sorrow in every mother's heart, who has lost a child to tragedy or violence.
I look at the two of them very carefully, and long for such love and such peace.

This is for me.  Such incredible freedom.  The availability of a servant.  I find the words to express what is in my heart.

The Fifth Station:  Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross.
Jesus even experiences our struggle to receive help.  He is made to experience the poverty of not being able to carry his burden alone.  He enters into the experience of all who must depend upon others to survive.  He is deprived of the satisfaction of carrying this burden on his own.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I look into his face and contemplate his struggle.  His weariness and fragility.  His impotence.
I see how he looks at Simon, with utmost humility and gratitude.

This is for me. So I feel anguish and gratitude.  I express my thanks that he can continue this journey.  That he has help.  That he knows my inability to carry my burden alone.

I say what is in my heart, with deep feeling.

The Sixth Station:  Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.
Jesus' journey is at times brutal.  He has entered into the terrible experiences of rejection and injustice.  He has been whipped and beaten. His face shows the signs of his solidarity with all who have ever suffered injustice and vile, abusive treatment.  He encounters a compassionate, loving disciple who wipes the vulgar spit and mocking blood from his face.  On her veil, she discovers the image of his face - his gift to her.  And, for us to contemplate forever.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

What does the face of Jesus hold for me?  What do I see, as I look deeply into his face?
Can I try to comfort the agony and pain? Can I embrace him, with his face so covered with his passion?

The veil I behold is a true icon of his gift of himself. This is for me.  In wonder and awe, I behold his face now wiped clean, and see the depth of his suffering in solidarity with all flesh.

The Seventh Station:  Jesus Falls the Second Time.
Even with help, Jesus stumbles and falls to the ground.  In deep exhaustion he stares at the earth beneath him.  "Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return."  He has seen death before.  Now he can feel the profound weakness of disability and disease and aging itself, there on his knees, under the weight of his cross.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I contemplate Jesus brought very low.  As I behold him there on the ground, with all the agony taking its toll on him, I let my heart go out to him.
I store up this image in my heart, knowing that I will never feel alone in my suffering or in any diminishment, with this image of Jesus on the ground before me.

This is for me, so I express the feelings in my heart.

The Eighth Station:  Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem.
The women of Jerusalem, and their children, come out to comfort and thank him.  They had seen his compassion and welcomed his words of healing and freedom.  He had broken all kinds of social and religious conventions to connect with them.  Now they are here to support him.  He feels their grief.  He suffers, knowing he can't remain to help them more in this life.  He knows the mystery of facing the separation of death.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I look at their faces.  So full of love and gratitude, loss and fear.  I contemplate what words might have passed between them.
I remember all his tender, compassionate, merciful love for me.  I place myself with these women and children to support him.

This is for me.  So, I let this scene stir up deep gratitude.

The Ninth Station:  Jesus Falls the Third Time.
This last fall is devastating.  Jesus can barely proceed to the end.  Summoning all this remaining strength, supported by his inner trust in God, Jesus collapses under the weight of the cross.  His executioners look at him as a broken man, pathetic yet paying a price he deserves.  They help him up so he can make it up the hill of crucifixion.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I pause to contemplate him there on the ground. The brokeness that makes me whole.  The surrender that gives me life.
I pause to experience and receive how completely he loves me. He is indeed completely poured out for me.

As I treasure this gifted experience, I express what is in my heart.

The Tenth Station:  Jesus is Stripped.
Part of the indignity is to be crucified naked. Jesus is completely stripped of any pride  The wounds on his back are torn open again.  He experiences the ultimate vulnerability of the defenseless. No shield or security protects him.  As they stare at him, his eyes turn to heaven.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I pause to watch the stripping.  I contemplate all that is taken from him.  And, how he faces his death with such nakedness.
I reflect upon how much of himself he has revealed to me.  Holding nothing back. 

As I look at him in his humility, I know that this is for me, and I share my feelings of gratitude.

The Eleventh Station:  Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.
Huge nails are hammered through his hands and feet to fix him on the cross.  He is bleeding much more seriously now.  As the cross is lifted up, the weight of his life hangs on those nails.  Every time he struggles to pull himself up to breathe, his ability to cling to life slips away. 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I make myself watch the nails being driven through his flesh.  And I watch his face.
I contemplate the completeness of his entry into our lives.  Can there be any pain or agony he would not understand?

This is for me.  Nailed to a cross to forever proclaim liberty to captives.  What sorrow and gratitude fill my heart!

The Twelfth Station:  Jesus Dies On The Cross.
Between two criminals, a mocking title above his head, with only Mary and John and Mary Magdalene to support him, Jesus surrenders his last breath:  "Into your hands I commend my spirit." 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I stand there, at the foot of the cross, side by side with all of humanity, and behold our salvation.
I carefully watch and listen to all that is said.
And then, I experience the one who gives life pass from life to death, for me.  I console Mary and John and Mary.  And let them console me.

This is the hour to express the deepest feelings within me.

The Thirteenth Station:  Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross.
What tender mourning!  Jesus' lifeless body lays in his mother's arms.  He has truly died.  A profound sacrifice, complete.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I behold this scene at the foot of the cross.  I contemplate touching, caressing his body.  I remember all his hands have touched, all who have been blessed by his warm embrace.
I pause to let it soak in.  He knows the mystery of death.  He has fallen into God's hands.

For me.  That I might love as I have been loved.  I pour out my heart to the God of all mercies. 

The Fourteenth Station:  Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb.
They take the body of Jesus to its resting place.  The huge stone over the tomb is the final sign of the permanence of death.  In this final act of surrender, who would have imagined this tomb would soon be empty or that Jesus would show himself alive to his disciples, or that they would recognize him in the breaking of bread?  Oh, that our hearts might burn within us, as we realize how he had to suffer and die so as to enter into his glory, for us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

I pause to contemplate this act of closure on his life.  In solidarity with all humanity, his body is taken to its grave. 

I stand for a moment outside this tomb.  This final journey of his life has shown me the meaning of his gift of himself for me.  This tomb represents every tomb I stand before with fear, in defeat, struggling to believe it could ever be empty.

In the fullness of faith in the Risen One, given by his own Holy Spirit, I express my gratitude for this way of the cross.  I ask Jesus, whose hands, feet and side still bear the signs of this journey, to grant me the graces I need to take up my cross to be a servant of his own mission.

Modern liturgists have emphasized that devotion to the Passion is incomplete without reference to the Resurrection and have thus fostered the addition of a "fifteenth station," the Resurrection of Jesus.

The Fifteenth Station:  The Resurrection

esus, your friends were devastated in their loss. Their darkness couldn't have been any deeper. As we find ourselves in Winter, it can seem like life has given out on us. Yet we know that it is impossible to snuff out the life God has given. Even when all seems lost, your Resurrection gives us new hope!
As a child, sometimes I feel sad. I can think of those who have died and how much I miss them. I can worry about many things.
As an adult, I can despair when I think of family members and friends who have died. I can forget that you died and rose again in order to save them and prepare a place for them.
Help me remember that, through Baptism, I have become a child of God. I am united with Christ, with those who live around me, and with those who have died as well. Jesus suffered all the difficulties I must face, so I know you understand my challenges and walk with me as I face them. I know I must face certain difficulties. Even though I don't like them, help me feel your presence with me.

God, you so loved the world that you gave your only son, who died and rose for all of us. Help me be thankful for the eternal life promised me. Help me approach you often for the forgiveness I need, the forgiveness Jesus won for me through his passion, death and resurrection. Help me use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to face all the challenges that confront me. I know that sin, suffering and death have been overcome by the resurrection of your son. Help me share in the joy of all who have been redeemed, that I may be renewed, made more perfect, and cry out with joy with all your people

Source:  Pictures are from http://ourladyswarriors.org/prayer/stations.htm

Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM)

posted Dec 13, 2012, 2:23 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Sep 15, 2015, 7:40 AM ]


Just a reminder of  your financial commitment to CAJM.  Please have ALL obligations in by December in order to reach Calvary's goal of $1,500 for 2014-2015.

Contributions can be mailed to CAJM at

Cherokee Place United Methodist Church
Charleston Area Justice Ministry
2105 Cosgrove Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405

CAJM is also in need of team leaders.  Visit the CAJM website for more information:  http://www.charlestonareajusticeministry.org/

Who is CAJM?

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry—CAJM—is a growing network of Faith Based Congregations who are culturally, economically, geographically and religiously diverse – coming together to make the Charleston area a more just place to live. Member congregations (currently 20) work together to empower marginalized people in our communities.  We accomplish this by doing research, educating the public, and publically addressing the root causes of, and solutions to, poverty and injustice in our communities. CAJM is unique in its approach in that it transforms the systems that cause suffering by holding local officials accountable for resolving these inequities and injustices.


Our Mission

The Charleston Area Justice Ministry is committed to justice and building a powerful organization capable of negotiating the interests of our community.  Having been founded by religious congregations, CAJM is based on values of justice and compassion as shared values of our faith traditions.


Our Model

CAJM uses a proven model developed by The Direct Action and Research Training Center, Inc. (DART) to achieve its goals. DART is committed to building powerful, diverse, congregation-based and democratically-run organizations capable of winning justice on issues facing the community. Since 1982, DART has helped establish over twenty locally affiliated organizations in five states and trained over 10,000 community leaders and 150 professional Community Organizers.


Our History and Our Future

CAJM began in 2011 when a group of clergy gathered together to form a Sponsoring Committee with the Director of DART to begin the process of establishing a justice organization in the Charleston area. In October of 2012, member congregations came together and voted to address the following issues: Schools/Education and Crime/Violence. CAJM's research committees worked tirelessly to identify the specific issues for CAJM to address.


Nehemiah Action - April 29, 2013 St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, North Charleston

We turned out over 1,500 people at our first annual public meeting to gain commitments from our public officials toward the use of best practices to correct systemic injustices.

With our power of people, we gained a commitment from Dr. McGinley, Superintendent of Charleston County Public Schools to submit a proposal to the Charleston County School District Board of Trustees to provide preschool education to ALL of the county's 4 year olds in Title I schools by the year 2015, to implement a research-based literacy curriculum, and to measure the progress of those children through third grade.  We also gained commitments from our local law enforcement officials, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and Solicitor General Wilson to participate in our task force to develop a plan to reduce pretrial detention by 65% in 2014.  



On June 24, 2013, the Board of Trustees approved Dr. McGinley's proposal to fund 300 additional slots for early childhood education.  We prayerfully look forward to receiving a favorable report from the law enforcement task force in October 2013.  


Please Join Us!

However you feel called to do justice, whether it is God’s call or your innate sense of fairness and compassion, please join us!  Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/charlestonareajusticeministry 



One80 Place (formerly Crisis Ministries) Little Red Wagon - Don't forget to bring your donation

posted Feb 24, 2012, 8:02 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 3:00 PM ]

-- Please keep the Little Red Wagon donations “rolling-in” each Second Sunday!  The folks at One80 Place (formerly named Crisis Ministries Homeless Shelter) on Meeting Street are delighted to receive our gifts of: deodorant, sunscreen, new shower shoes (flip flops), new men’s and women’s t-shirts, new men’s and women’s underwear, pasta, coffee, PAM cooking spray, vegetable and olive oil, breakfast cereal, #10 cans (large) of vegetables and fruit, laundry detergent, packaged socks, Dixie paper cups, new reusable water bottles, toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies.  Just a can or box per week from every Calvary family can make a great difference!  Please contact Ms. Marion Holmes, Little Red Wagon Ministry Leader, with questions at 884-0584.

The Little Red Wagon is our collection point on Sunday for food and non-perishable items for donation to Crisis Ministries homeless shelter.  Please place your items in the Little Red Wagon as you enter church each Sunday.  Ms. Marion Holmes, Little Red Wagon Ministry Leader, will ask a volunteer to roll the wagon towards the altar when the ushers bring the collection plates for blessing; and arrange a volunteer to bring the items to Crisis Ministries during the week.  Think of the Little Red Wagon when you shop.

Just a can or box of food or other supplies per week from every Calvary family can make a great difference!  If you would like to learn more about helping with this new ministry, please contact Marion at 884-0584 or holmeslongm60@gmail.com.


Urgently needed items:
- New, white towels and washcloths
– New, white pillowcases
– New pillows
– New, white, twin-size cotton blankets

Ongoing needs:

- USDA approved bacon, sausage, ham, chicken, and ground beef
– Breakfast Items like eggs, syrup, cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal, waffles, grits, biscuits
– Orange Juice
– Milk
– Cooking Oils – Vegetable Oil, Pam Spray, Butter
– Fruit
– Coffee

Children’s Needs:
- New single and double baby strollers
– New infant car seats
– Diapers, especially newborn, size 5 and 6, and pull-up diapers
– Shower shoes for kids (flip-flops)

Personal – all items must be new and unused:
- New, packaged undergarments for men, women and children
– Shower shoes for women (flip-flops)
– Soap
– Feminine hygiene products
– Ponchos and umbrellas
– Reading glasses and sunglasses
– Ear plugs

Linens – all items must be new:
- New, white, twin sheet sets
– New pillows
– New, white towels
– New, white, twin blankets

- Bike locks and bike lights
– Tissues
– Cold medicines

One80 Place recently completed a new homeless services center directly adjacent to our current property in Charleston.

You can now drop off donations at the Bakker Family Donation Center.
  Mailing Address:
  PO Box 20038
  Charleston, SC 29413
  Assistance: help@one80place.org
  Email: info@one80place.org
  Phone: (843) 723-9477

One-Eighty Place is located at 35 Walnut Street in Charleston. Our doors are open to those in need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you need shelter, please call us at 843-737-8357. Leave a message and we will return your call. You can also email help@one80place.org.

The staff at One-Eighty Place understands the challenges, causes and obstacles homeless individuals face. Drugs and alcohol, family issues, mental health problems, PTSD, we have seen and dealt with all of it. Helping homeless citizens begin again is all that we do.

We have proven programs in place and a very good success rate for helping people turn their lives around. Our programs are tailored to each individual because we know everyone has their own set of circumstances. The option to stay with us is yours. We will not force you to stay. We are here to help those who want help.


35 Walnut Street
Charleston, SC 29403

view google map

 About the Charleston Shelter:

– Men’s Shelter with 70 beds, 40 transitional housing beds for male Veterans and 10 overflow cots during extreme weather conditions

– Family Center holds 30 beds for women and families and 10 transitional housing beds for female Veterans


 107 Elks Lodge Lane
  Summerville, SC 29483

  view google map

 About the Summerville Shelter:

– Housing for up to 28 women and families

– Established by Dorchester Interfaith Outreach Ministries in 1989 in response to needs arising from Hurricane Hugo

– Became a program of One80 Place in 2012

Our Summerville location, formerly the Palmetto House, allows homeless women and families living in the Summerville area to remain in a familiar location. Those staying at this location have access, including transportation, to all of the available services and programs provided at our downtown location.

If you are a single female or a female with dependent children in need of temporary housing, please call our Housing Assistance Line (843) 737-8357.


If you or someone you know is on the brink of, or currently homeless, we invite you to come see what we offer.

Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 pm and 1 – 5 pm

The Bakker Family Donation Center is open!
Please understand we are not equipped to accept donations outside of our donation hours. If you are unsure if we can accept your donation, please call 843-737-8387 during regular business hours.

Please note: We cannot accept clothing, toys, household items, used baby items or prepared foods from individuals.

To make a donation in Summerville, or if you have a large donation or questions about needed items, please contact our Director of Community Engagement,
Brad Cashman, at 843-737-8369 or bcashman@one80place.org.

Summerville Donation Hours:
Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 4 pm

Thank you for supporting One80 Place!

HALOS - Turning help into hope.

posted Jun 22, 2011, 2:14 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 11:15 AM ]

     Calvary Episcopal Church is proud to be a HALOS PARTNER.  Our HALOS representative is Mrs. Mildred
     Wise.  She sincerely thanks parishioners and friends for their financial support when called upon and asks
     for your continued support.

Watch for Millie's HALOS campaigns!!!                 

Send a child to summer camp with a monetary donation! 
In 2011, over 150 children spent a safe, fun filled summer while their caregivers were able to continue to work.
  • Donate school supplies or a uniform for the HALOS Back to School Program.
    Last year, over 700 children received the required essentials to start school prepared to learn and succeed.

    Make a child's holiday wishes come true!
    Buy a gift for an abused or neglected child or adopt a family in need.  Over 1,850 children received gifts last year and over 20 families were adopted.

    Celebrate a child's birthday!
    Donate a $20 gift card for a foster child's birthday.  Many children have never had their birthdays acknowledged or celebrated.

    Meet a one time, specific need for a child!
    Gently used beds, cribs and bunk beds are always needed.  HALOS maintains "Resource Closets" at Department of Social Services offices in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties with items like overnight clothing, toiletries, diapers, and baby items to meet children's emergency needs.

HALOS is the Proud Recipient of the 2011 Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Every day, children across South Carolina suffer from abuse and neglect. In 2004, 17 cases on average were confirmed each day in the state. And in Charleston County alone, more than 1,800 children have open cases of abuse or neglect with the Department of Social Services.

At HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), we provide assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we help to improve the lives of these children.

However, HALOS is only as strong as our partners, and we need your help to succeed in our mission. With a single donation, you can change the life of a child.

HALOS works hand-in-hand with individuals, businesses, civic groups, clubs, and religious organizations in the Charleston area to help children and their caregivers. Through partnerships with generous individuals and groups, we connect interested parties with children who desperately need their help. Donors can sponsor children for summer camp, supply much-needed back-to-school items, and donate gifts to celebrate birthdays and Christmas. Donors can also provide essential household items to caregivers who need them to keep children out of foster care. And through the Kinship Care program, volunteers can donate their time and expertise to support those caregivers who provide a safety net for abused and neglected children.

Imagine the relief a little boy feels when he is able to stay with his grandparents instead of moving to a foster home. Or the joy a little girl feels after years of neglect when she goes to summer camp for the first time and has a safe place to stay during the summer.

Then imagine how you can make such a difference in the life of a child in your community.

At HALOS, anyone can make a difference in the lives of these children; all it takes is the willingness to help. And there are a variety of ways for you to directly influence the lives of children in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties:

  • Send a child to summer camp with a monetary donation!  In 2011, over 150 children spent a safe, fun filled summer while their caregivers were able to continue to work.
  • Donate school supplies or a uniform for the HALOS Back to School Program.  Last year, over 700 children received the required essentials to start school prepared to learn and succeed.
  • Make a child's holiday wishes come true!  Buy a gift for an abused or neglected child or adopt a family in need.  Over 1,850 children received gifts last year and over 20 families were adopted.
  • Celebrate a child's birthday!  Donate a $20 gift card for a foster child's birthday.  Many children have never had their birthdays acknowledged or celebrated.
  • Meet a one time, specific need for a child!  Gently used beds, cribs and bunk beds are always needed.  HALOS maintains "Resource Closets" at Department of Social Services offices in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties with items like overnight clothing, toiletries, diapers, and baby items to meet children's emergency needs.
  • Provide a meal or childcare for grandparents and children attending monthly support group meetings!  HALOS provides support group meetings for caregivers who are raising their relatives' children in order to avoid foster care.  You can  provide a quick and easy meal or childcare. This is your chance to work directly with children and families! Volunteer orientation and training is required.  “Volunteer Orientations” will be held each month for returning and new volunteers.  Each childcare volunteer will be asked to fill out a volunteer application, sign a volunteer commitment form and have a SLED check done prior to volunteering at support group as a childcare provider. Contact Tara Durham, HALOS Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@charlestonhalos.org for more information.  Thank you for your support


  • New or Gently Used Twin Beds, Bunk Beds, Toddler Beds, and Cribs in good condition and assembled (we CANNOT accept cribs with drop-down sides or missing hardware)
  • Diapers (Newborn through Size 5), Pull-Ups, and Baby Wipes
  • New Car Seats
  • Living/dining room furniture
  • Dressers
  • Household products (dishware, silverware, pots/pans, cleaning supplies, towels)
  • Bedding (sheets/pillowcases, comforters, blankets, etc)
  • Gift Cards to WalMart/Target for Birthdays and holidays
  • Small items for teen gifts (jewelry, picture frames, wallets, caps, etc.)
  • Monetary donations to send children to summer camp
  • Unrestricted monetary donations

 Volunteers for Kinship Care Resource & Support Program:

  • Background-checked volunteers aged 16 and over to provide childcare at monthly support group meetings and respite events
  • Volunteer groups to prepare food for adults and children at monthly support group meetings (average of 25 adults and 45 children per meeting)

There are some items that we cannot accept at HALOS.  Please ask us where you can go to donate the following items that we do not accept here:

  • Used car seats
  • Clothing for children over 24 months of age
  • Used toys
  • Cribs that have drop-down sides

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