What's Happening at Calvary

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Church Announcements

posted Dec 10, 2016, 12:55 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 12:55 PM ]







  • ON JULY 23, 2017, CALVARY CHURCH WILL WELCOME MEMBERS OF ST. MARY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FROM WAYNE, PENNSYLVANIA
Fr. Joseph Smith, Rector, and Members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA  will be in the Charleston area on July 23 for a mission trip with a group called Home Works. They will work primarily on John's Island, bringing around 22 youth and adults. Calvary has extended our warmest welcome to these travelers to worship with us that Sunday. 

Calvary Church would like to extend an invitation to any of the area churches to join us on Sunday, July 23 to welcome these travelers to the Charleston area and wish them success in their mission work.

 


This will be a return visit for the Youth Group and group leaders of St. Mary's to do their mission work on John's Island. 
Follow the link below to see pictures from last  year's visit.

  • 170th Anniversary Church Directory
Dear Calvary Family,
Please sign up to be a part of our 170th Anniversary Church Directory.  Members and friends who are not available to sit for a portrait on May 30th or May 31st (2:00 pm-9:00 pm) may submit a picture for inclusion in the directory, but HURRY, time is running out.  We must submit everything for printing no later than JULY 14, 2017 --please let me know if you would like to be included.  Call Joan Bonaparte at 843-343-9934.

 There is no obligation to purchase portraits.  Let me know if you have any questions.  You will receive more information in the near future about our upcoming 170th Anniversary Celebration in September as we firm up the plans.  Watch the Anniversary section of this website for more information.  With your help, this will be our most memorable celebration yet! 

God bless!    
ALESIA RICO FLORES
Chair, Anniversary Committee



  • Trip to the National Museum of African American History
The Gatherers are planning a trip to the National Museum of African American History from August 27 - 30, 2017.  The group will travel by train to Washington DC and visit the Museum.  Use the "Contact Us" form on this website if you're interested in attending.


Calvary's 170th Anniversary News

posted Jul 4, 2016, 6:42 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 5:28 AM ]


Countdown to Anniversary Celebration


The founding of Calvary Church in 1847 was to establish a special church for enslaved persons in the Charleston community.
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ea paralleled the thoughts of many people that there was a need to evangelize them in the decades after 1820.  At the 58th Annual Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina in February 1847, Mr. Henry D. Lesesne, prominent attorney and chairman of the Vestry of St. Philip’s Church, introduced resolutions pointing to the religious instructions of Charleston’s slave population.  A committee chaired by Mr. Lesesne chose The Reverend Paul Trapier as the first minister of the proposed congregation to be known as Calvary Church.


Calvary's "Birth" dates: 
Organized:  September 2, 1847
Consecrated Original Church Building:  December 23, 1849
Consecrated Current Church Building:  1942




It is with great enthusiasm that the Anniversary Committee invites all members of Calvary Episcopal Church to be a part of Calvary’s 170th anniversary celebration.  It will be a celebration that promises to be uplifting, inspirational, and transformative.  Most appropriately, our theme is “Celebrating 170 Years of God’s Faithfulness”.  Since Calvary’s founding in 1847, the enduring presence of our Lord has been felt throughout the ages.  God’s love, grace and mercy continue to sustain us; this calls for a celebration!


The Anniversary Luncheon will be held at the North Charleston Marriott, 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston, SC on September 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  Charleston News 2’s Carolyn Murray will be hosting the event.  The Rev. Canon Terence Alexander Lee, Rector of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Hollis, NY will be our guest speaker.  This is a ticketed event, $45.00 for adults and $20.00 for children 12 and under.  The Anniversary Eucharist will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 106 Line Street, Charleston, SC on September 24, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  The Reverend Dr. James Barney Hawkins IV, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Virginia Theology Seminary, will be our Celebrant.  


Tickets will go on sale immediately following the service on July 30, 2017. Don't miss out on this monumental event.


~ Your Anniversary Committee








Calvary is preparing a new Church Directory as part of our Anniversary observance! 


Hello Calvary Episcopal Church Friends and Family, 

Members, we would like you to be a part of our 170th Anniversary Church Directory.  Members and friends who are not available to sit for a portrait on May 30th or May 31st (2:00 pm-9:00 pm) may submit a picture for inclusion in the directory, but HURRY, time is running out.  We must submit everything for printing no later than JULY 14, 2017 --please let me know if you would like to be included.

 There is no obligation to purchase portraits.  Let me know if you have any questions.  You will be receiving more information in the near future about our upcoming 170th Anniversary Celebration in September.  It will be our most memorable one yet! 

God bless!
ALESIA RICO FLORES
Chair, Anniversary Committee
   

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Your Anniversary Committee is busy putting together our anniversary celebration.  Our hope is to make a joyful celebration that will continue from July 29 with the Crab Crack and continue until the end of the year 2017.  We ask for and welcome your questions and suggestions.  Things that are in the works:

CONFIRMED ACTIVITIES
ECW & Men of Calvary Crab Crack  -  July 29, 2017
Anniversary Luncheon  -  September 23, 2017   Speaker:  Fr. Terrance Lee
Anniversary Service  -   September 24, 2017   Speaker:  (To be announced)

TENTATIVE ACTIVITIES - Plans are incomplete
Family Feud 
Senior Celebration

William Alexander Guerry, Bishop, Reformer and Martyr 1861 - 1928

posted Jun 15, 2016, 4:07 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 8:29 PM ]

William Alexander Guerry
Bishop, Reformer and Martyr

1861-1928 
 
  

Collect for the Feast of William Alexander Guerry (June 9)
God of truth and sacrifice, we give thanks for your servant William Alexander Guerry, who, like the church's first martyr, gave witness to your liberating gospel and echoed Christ's healing words of forgiveness. May we also seek your truth as we offer ourselves in obedience to the same. All this we pray through him who is forever the bishop and reformer of our souls, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 

William Alexander Guerry, native of South Carolina, was born in 1861, served as the bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina from 1907 to the time of his death in 1928. He had an illustrious career as a parish priest and bishop and as Chaplain and Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology at the University of the South.

The value and discernment of truth became a hallmark of Bishop Guerry’s ministry. Bishop Guerry recognized that no one on earth has yet been given the whole truth but, by God’s grace, we all possess a part of it. It is within this framework of truth that he formed his vision of what a Christian community should be like.

In 1909, the second year of his episcopate, Bishop Guerry, addressing a meeting of provincial church leaders in Birmingham Alabama, explained his belief about the breadth and depth of the Christian community, “We should strive for unity, not uniformity.  Uniformity is mechanical, barren, unfruitful, and unprofitable. Unity is organic, living, and capable of endless growth. If we are to be truly catholic, as Christ himself is catholic, then we must have a church  broad enough to embrace within its communion every living human soul.”

Bishop Guerry’s theology of the broadness of the Church led him to propose, in 1914, the election of a black suffragan bishop for South Carolina to be responsible for the ministry to black Episcopalians, and to insure that all people, regardless of race, were part of the community of Christ in the diocese The alternative, which unfortunately prevailed, was to separate the African American community into a “Missionary District for Negroes”, an arrangement that continued until the after the mid-20th century when that segment of the Christian community was finally given an equal place in the community.

The bishop’s life on earth ended on June 9, 1928, five days after he was shot in his office at St. Philip’s Church by a priest who had attacked the bishop’s position on advancing racial equality in South Carolina, and especially on his proposal to install a black suffragan bishop in the diocese. The priest who shot the bishop had written that the bishop, given his way, would root out the principle of white supremacy in the south. So, overtaken by hatred, and perhaps other mental problems, he fired the shot that killed the bishop and then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life. 

Before Bishop Guerry died in Roper Hospital, he said of his assailant, “Forgive him, Father, he knew not what he did.”



Adapted from a history written by Thomas S. Tisdale, Jr.

ORDINARY TIME,

posted Jun 15, 2016, 2:30 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 3:18 PM ]


Ordinary Time

This term is used in the Roman Catholic Church to indicate the parts of the liturgical year that are not included in the major seasons of the church calendar. Ordinary time includes the Monday after the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and the Monday after Pentecost through the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. A vigil or other service anticipating the First Sunday of Advent on the Saturday before that Sunday would also be included in the season of Advent. Ordinary time can be understood in terms of the living out of Christian faith and the meaning of Christ's resurrection in ordinary life. The term "ordinary time" is not used in the Prayer Book, but the season after Pentecost can be considered ordinary time. It may be referred to as the "green season," because green is the usual liturgical color for this period of the church year. The BCP provides numbered propers with collects and lectionary readings for the Sundays of the Season after Pentecost. The Epiphany season includes the Epiphany, the First Sunday after the Epiphany: the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Second Sunday through the Last Sunday after the Epiphany (BCP, p. 31). In view of the Epiphany themes that are presented throughout the Epiphany season, it should not be considered ordinary time. However, many parishes use green as the liturgical color for the Second Sunday through the Sunday prior to the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, and sometimes the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. Epiphany season and the season after Pentecost vary in length depending on the date of Easter (see BCP, pp. 884-885).

Source:  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/ordinary-time



Ordinary Time
Counted Time of the Church Year

Dennis Bratcher

Most of the Seasons of the Christian Church Year are organized around the two major festivals that mark sacred time, Christmas and Easter. The Christmas Season encompasses the time of preparation during Advent and the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas and Epiphany in early January (the 6th). The Easter Season encompasses the time of preparation during the 40 weekdays of Lent and Holy Week, and is linked with Pentecost Sunday 50 days later. While there are other individual holy days within the church year, these seasons mark the movement of sacred time within the church calendar.

The rest of the year following Epiphany and Pentecost is known as Ordinary Time. Rather than meaning "common" or "mundane," this term comes from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time (First Sunday after Pentecost, etc.), which is probably a better way to think of this time of the year.  Counted time after Pentecost always begins with Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost) and ends with Christ the King Sunday or the Reign of Christ the King (last Sunday before the beginning of Advent).

Many Protestant church traditions consider the Sundays following Epiphany a season of Epiphany that runs until the beginning of Lent. Those traditions that follow the Roman Catholic calendar only count January 6th as Epiphany and do not think of a season of Epiphany, so consider the Sundays following part of Ordinary Time. In either case, the Sundays after Epiphany are counted (1st Sunday after Epiphany, etc.) so technically are Ordinary Time. However in most Protestant churches Ordinary Time usually refers to the Sundays after Pentecost Sunday and before the beginning of Advent.

The 33 or 34 Sundays of Ordinary Time after Pentecost (23 to 28 Sundays after Pentecost) are used to focus on various aspects of the Faith, especially the mission of the church in the world. The Lectionary readings for these Sundays tend to be semi-continuous readings through certain sections of Scripture, especially through the Synoptic Gospel of the year. However, many ministers use Ordinary Time to focus on specific themes of interest or importance to a local congregation rather than building sermons around the Lectionary readings. Even so, most pastors who observe the church year will continue to follow the Lectionary readings in public worship even if they are not the topic of the sermon in order to preserve the continuity of the spoken word of Scripture being heard by the congregation (see Word and Table).

The sanctuary color for Ordinary Time is dark green, although other shades of green are commonly used. Green has traditionally been associated with new life and growth. Even in Hebrew in the Old Testament, the same word for the color "green" also means "young."  In Christian tradition, green came to symbolize the life of the church following Pentecost, as well as symbolizing the hope of new life in the resurrection.

However, many churches introduce variety into the color scheme during this part of the year. Some churches use colors that match the décor of the church, so that the special seasons of the church year are marked by a change of color from the ordinary. Some churches coordinate parament colors with sanctuary banners that present various biblical themes during this part of the year. The most often used alternate colors for Ordinary Time are bronze or copper, olive, and aqua with maroon showing up occasionally.

Some church traditions only celebrate Pentecost Sunday and Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost), and then begin Ordinary Time with the Second Sunday after Pentecost that runs until Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday before the beginning of Advent. Other traditions observe a Pentecost Season extending for the eleven to sixteen Sundays (depending on the date of Easter) beginning with Pentecost Sunday and running through the next to last Sunday of August. Then beginning with the last Sunday of August, they count the remaining thirteen or fourteen Sundays until the beginning of Advent as Kingdomtide (in the Methodist tradition) or Dominiontide (in other churches), climaxing with the Christ the King Sunday. This serves to break up the long stretch of Ordinary Time following Pentecost into two seasons that can carry different emphases.  

The season of Pentecost usually focuses on the evangelical mission of the church to the world and its responsibility in carrying out that mission of proclamation. That emphasis often extends into Ordinary Time.  Some Protestant churches also celebrate Reformation Sunday (end of October) and All Saints Sunday (first Sunday in November). These are becoming increasingly popular ways to flesh out the themes of the Church in the World during Ordinary Time by focusing on heritage and the faithfulness of those in the past.  The season of Kingdomtide celebrates Christ as King and Sovereign of the world, emphasizing God's Dominion over all of creation.  The focus in this season is often on social justice and action as an expression of the Lordship of God over his people and the world.

-Dennis Bratcher, Copyright © 2016, Dennis Bratcher, All Rights Reserved

Daily Readings ...

posted May 23, 2016, 3:48 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 10:56 AM ]


The daily readings expand the range of biblical reading in worship and personal devotion.  These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship on Sunday; Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead.

Source:  http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/daily.php?year=C#id264


Note: For the readings after Pentecost: the first reading pairs with the semi-continuous strand of texts; the second, with the complementary.





Sunday, July 16, 2017: Proper 10 (15)

Sunday, July 23, 2017: Proper 11 (16)

Preparation:




Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the Daily Readings is available though Augsburg Fortress.

Crab Crack and Fish Fry - July 29, 2017 - sponsored by ECW & Men of Calvary

posted Mar 13, 2016, 11:55 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 4:59 AM ]

Mark your calendars!!! 

The Calvary Church ECW and Men of Calvary will jointly sponsor this year's Crab Crack and Fish Fry on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Tickets are available from members of both organizations beginning June 19, 2017:

Donations:
Teens & Adults  -  $20
Children ages 6 - 12 years  -  $10
Children ages under 6  -  free



The Calvary Church ECW and Men of Calvary will jointly sponsor this year's Crab Crack and Fish Fry on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Tickets are available from members of both organizations beginning June 19, 2017:

Donations:
Teens & Adults  -  $20
Children ages 6 - 12 years  -  $10
Children ages under 6  -  free

The Gathering at the Table Group meets on Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

posted Feb 1, 2016, 4:42 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated May 15, 2017, 5:30 PM ]







The Gathering at the Table group was formed through the initiative of Judith Ewing, an Episcopal deacon who serves at East Cooper Episcopal Church.  She sought out the Rev. Michael Burton, a supply priest at Calvary, about setting up an initial gathering.  Members of Calvary Episcopal Church and members of East Cooper Episcopal Church meet in the Calvary Church Parish Hall each Tuesday evening to share their perspectives on matters of race - past and present. 

Originally scheduled to meet for four weeks in October, 2015, the group has bonded and grown in their commitment.  They continue to meet, entertaining lively and healing discussions.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.




  • The Gatherers are planning a trip to visit the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC on August 28 - 30, 2017.  The trip is still in the planning stages, but reservations are being made.  You may use the contact form on this website to request information or arrange to join the group on their journey.
  • The East Cooper Episcopal Church has a new home. They now hold Sunday services at 10:00 A.M. at the J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel at 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
  • The Gatherers attended the dedication ceremony at the Penn Center in Beaufort, SC and were excited to speak with The Honorable James Clyburn after his presentation.
    Members pictured here left to right: Wallace and Joan Bonaparte, Congressman Clyburn, Hannah Heyward and Masha Britten.






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'Gather Around the Table'

Friday, June 17, marks one year since the night a gunman took the lives of nine people at Emanuel AME Church. As we remember this anniversary, may we pause in prayer for the people who died, for those who still mourn, and for every life that was irrevocably affected by the tragedy of that night in 2015.

The following article represents one way in which people in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina are responding after Emanuel to seek a path toward understanding and reconciliation. In the days ahead, we encourage others to share their stories, too.

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the pains of our woundedness, confusion and great sorrow, and continue to bring peace to our community, peace to your Church, peace among peoples, and peace in our homes. And may the balm of your reconciling love lived out among us continue to soothe our suffering hearts. All this we pray in name of our wounded and risen Savior, God with us, Jesus Christ. Amen.

​It’s a June evening in Charleston, and the back door of the church is unlocked. People come in at their own pace, embracing, smiling, setting down plates of cookies on the big table in the parish hall.

No one speaks of it yet, but on everyone’s mind is a June evening in Charleston almost one year earlier, when nine people were shot dead just a mile away at Emanuel AME Church, in an African American congregation that opened its doors and invited the killer into their weekly Bible study.

The horror of June 17, 2015 and the days that followed gave way to deep grief, and deep questions. How could this have happened? What could I be doing to change that? How can we find bridges across the barriers of race?

Every Tuesday night, a small group from two local Episcopal churches, East Cooper and Calvary, have been meeting to see if they can find some answers. The name they have given themselves reflects the simple agenda for the group: “Gatherers Around the Table.”

After the massacre at Mother Emanuel, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina accelerated its plan to offer anti-racism training for the diocese – training that is required by Episcopal Church canons, but was never offered until a rift in 2012 brought new leadership. Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who took office in January 2013, immediately put anti-racism training on his  short-list of needs for the reorganizing diocese, and the first one was on the calendar when the Emanuel tragedy struck.

In September 2015, Calvary hosted one of four “Traces of the Trade” conferences offered around the diocese. Each event encouraged people to open their minds and hearts to conversations about the legacy of slavery and racism.
PictureMarlene O'Bryant-Seabrook, Barbara Eckman and Judith Ewing work on journal-quilts on June 14.
Judith Ewing, an Episcopal deacon who serves at East Cooper, was at the Calvary program. “I realized how ignorant I was,” she said. “I realized the importance of relationships, of just getting to know each other. I just knew we needed to gather at the table.”
 
She quickly sought out the Rev. Michael Burton, a supply priest at Calvary, about setting up an initial gathering. The first one happened in October: Six people from each congregation, who committed to meeting every Tuesday for a trial run of six weeks.

Like Emanuel, Calvary has deep roots in Charleston’s history, founded in 1847 for “religious instruction” of enslaved African Americans. For years, it housed the only preschool and kindergarten for African American children on the Charleston peninsula, and many leaders passed through its doors. The first black jurist to serve on an appellate court in the United States, Jonathan Jasper Wright, was buried in its churchyard in 1885.

By comparison, the East Cooper Episcopal Church is in its infancy. Approved as a new mission congregation at Diocesan Convention in 2014, it serves the predominantly white suburbs across the Cooper River from Charleston. It was formed by Episcopalians who were left without a place to worship when churches in that area went with the breakaway group that left The Episcopal Church in 2012.
 
With widely different backgrounds, the two groups shared one common characteristic: Curiosity, and a desire to learn about each other.
 
Their first meeting was planned as a simple Bible study, “because that would be sweet and safe and nobody would say anything that will upset anybody,” Ewing said. “But I said, ‘Maybe we need to say things that upset people.’”
 
Artist and educator Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook was there, and had the same reaction. Ewing recalls her saying: “I’ve been to many Bible studies, and nobody ever mentions the elephant in the middle of the room. Why can’t we mention the elephant in the room?”
 
Eight months later, the elephant is still loose. Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. The challenges of growing up in a mixed-race family. Assumptions about intelligence. Co-workers who act friendly, but never get close. The Spoleto production of “Porgy and Bess.” Ethnic foods they like and dislike. It’s all on the table when they gather.
 
“We’ve never put aside anything, or say ‘We mustn’t talk about that.’ We talk about everything,” Deacon Ewing says.
 

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Along the way, others have joined. One member recently moved from New York after years in churches that were active in social justice issues, looking for a community in Charleston where that could keep happening. Another regular Gatherer is a social worker from another church who came with an East Cooper friend.  “I thought I knew almost everything about black culture, especially in Charleston,” she says, laughing. “But I don’t.”

Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook, a Calvary member in her 80s, has become the group’s matriarch and historian. On the recent Tuesday night in June, she gave them all an assignment: Come up with a personal statement about why they came to be “Gatherers Around the Table,” and then create a small journal-quilt to illustrate it. A few skeptical looks were exchanged around the table, but the group quickly warmed up to the task of explaining why they come to the meetings week after week.
 
The Tuesday before the Emanuel anniversary, they were putting the final touches on their letter-sized pieces of fabric art filled with color, symbols, and words like Curious, Sharing, Understanding, Love, and Hope. Beside an image of Emanuel, one proclaims: “Hate Will Not Win!”
 
As a child growing up in Charleston, Dr. O’Bryant-Seabrook says, “I could not go three blocks without passing a church. I remember asking my mother, ‘I would like to know what they’re praying for.’ With all the inequities and oppression, I wondered, were they praying for something that black churches were not praying for?”
 
Decades later, those questions persist. “I wanted to be a part of this group because for a long, long, long, long time, I wanted to be comfortable in a group of caucasians and blacks where we can actually, openly, honestly and safely discuss what happens, and why it happens,” she says.

As the members of the group went around the room, the words “safe place” came up again and again.
 
“When we started, we said we weren’t’ going to judge, or say “You shouldn’t be saying that,” Deacon Ewing says. “We were going to accept each one in our knowledge and our ignorance, and love each other anyway.”
 
As the gathering wraps up, the group continues to share their ideas as they pass the plates of cookies around the table. “When you eat with somebody, it changes the whole dynamic,” one woman says. “It gives me a lot of hope.”
 
In the words of Anne Nietert’s journal quilt: “Anger exploded into the Palmetto night, but, in the shadows, a new day is dawning as we Gather at the Table to learn, to listen, and to love.” 
 
Holly Behre, Director of Communications
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina



Source:  http://www.episcopalchurchsc.org/2016-06-15-gather-around-the-table.html

Installation of our new Provisional Bishop - Bishop Skip Adams

posted Oct 26, 2015, 8:07 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 4:09 PM ]


Welcome!



The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has reorganized and is carrying forward the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as generations of Episcopalians in South Carolina have done since 1789, confident that by moving forward together in unity and faith, with God's help, we will flourish.

Your participation in the life of our diocese and its parishes, missions and worshiping communities is encouraged. The Episcopal Church always welcomes you!

The powerful words of a beloved bishop of South Carolina speak poignantly to us as we continue to rebuild:

 
“We should strive for unity, not uniformity. Uniformity is mechanical, barren, unfruitful, and unprofitable. Unity is organic, living, and capable of endless growth. If we are to be truly catholic, as Christ himself is catholic, then we must have a church broad enough to embrace within its communion every living human soul.”

The Right Reverend William Alexander Guerry
(1861-1928)





Bishop Skip Adams

The Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III was elected by acclamation and invested as the Provisional Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina on September 10, 2016 at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston. 

 
Bishop Adams, 64, continues until October as the 10th Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, where he has served for the last 15 years. Several months before South Carolina's call, he had announced plans to retire from Central New York. Based in Liverpool, NY, that diocese has 81 congregations and some 13,000 members, and has elected the Very Reverend DeDe Duncan-Probe to become its 11th bishop on December 3, 2016. 

The South Carolina diocese, which covers the eastern half of the state, consists of 31 parishes, missions and worshiping communities and has an estimated 7,000 members. 

Bishop Adams is a native of Baltimore, MD, and graduated from Towson University in 1976. In 1980 he earned his Master of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1980. He went on to serve in churches in New York, Virginia, New Hampshire and Maryland.

He enjoys fly-fishing and fly-tying, reading, music of all kinds, camping and canoeing. He is interested in the Church and people in El Salvador (the companion Diocese of Central New York), environmental and social issues. Bishop Adams’ wife, Bonnie Adams, is a registered nurse, and they have three adult children: Peter, Stephen, and Emily.





About our leadership transition
Leaders of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina in June nominated the Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III as the next Provisional Bishop for the diocese, calling him to South Carolina as he prepared to retire as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.
 
The Standing Committee called a Special Convention for September 10 at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, so delegates could vote on installing Bishop Adams as the successor to Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg.

Bishop Adams was the unanimous choice of the Standing Committee, said the committee’s President, the Reverend Jean McGraw. The nomination follows a four-month search process. Read more here.

On January 14, 2016, Bishop vonRosenberg announced his plan to retire after concluding his 2015-2016 calendar of episcopal visitations. Read his letter here.

Find out more about this transition on our Leadership Transition Page.




 
PictureBishop Adams and Bishop Wolfe
The Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III was elected by acclamation and invested as the Provisional Bishop for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina on Saturday, September 10.
 
“We are going to continue to look out, and to look beyond, and to trust whatever the future holds, because we know that future is held by God,” Bishop Adams told Episcopalians from across eastern South Carolina who gathered at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston.

Bishop Adams is the successor to Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who led the diocese for 3-1/2 years as Provisional Bishop, guiding it through a period of reorganization after a group of churches and individuals announced they were breaking away from the Church in 2012. 
 
Bishop Adams officially retires in October after serving 15 years as the 10th Bishop of Central New York. Meanwhile, he has taken up residence in Charleston and begun his new duties as Provisional Bishop. He and his wife, Bonnie, were welcomed by more than 200 people at a reception Friday evening at Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston. (View photos of the reception)

Following the usual procedure for provisional bishops, Bishop Adams was the only nominee put forward at the Special Convention of the diocese on Saturday, which was called to order by Bishop vonRosenberg.  (View a photo album of the Special Convention and liturgy)

The Reverend Jean McGraw, President of the Standing Committee, said Bishop Adams was the unanimous choice of the committee, who she said “saw Bishop Adams as a spiritual leader, a man of prayer, and open to the Holy Spirit. He exuded a peaceful, calm demeanor, and much inner strength.”
 
The election was followed by a festive celebration of Holy Eucharist and an investiture liturgy. (Video of the service is here.)
 
Preaching and presiding at the service was the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. As Vice President of the House of Bishops, he led the investiture on behalf of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. He also brought words of encouragement for the reorganized diocese, which now includes 31 congregations and some 7,000 members.
 
“You know, you all are my heroes. You’re the people who get up early and stay up late to be The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,” Bishop Wolfe said in his sermon (text and video here).
 
“This is a place where your deep faith has been challenged and your strongest loyalties have been questioned,” Bishop Wolfe said.  “...You picked up your cross and followed Christ.”

Later in the service, Bishop Adams was formally seated in the cathedral by Dean Michael Wright. He then offered a tribute to Bishop vonRosenberg and his wife Annie.
 
“I am very clear that I could not be here celebrating with all of you without huge amounts of work being done… we wouldn’t be here without them,” Bishop Adams said.
 
 He also thanked the people of the diocese for the welcome that he and Bonnie have received.  “There is nothing greater than experiencing the love of God through God’s people,” he said.
 
“Anywhere that I have ever served in my 36 years of ordained ministry, Bonnie and I have fallen in love and we have been loved. And we look forward to falling in love with you.”
 
As a concluding reflection, Bishop Adams offered an image from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky: “Never skate to where the puck is. Always skate to where the puck is going.”
 
“I know that’s not a perfect science – it’s not always clear where the puck is going,” Bishop Adams said. “But I trust the Holy Spirit to lead us to where that puck is going… and that’s where we will go.”

 
​Sermon at the Welcome, Investiture and Seating of the Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III as Provisional Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, at Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, September 10, 2016
 
The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, D.D., 
Vice President, House of Bishops, The Episcopal Church
Ninth Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas

Come Holy Spirit and kindle the fire that is in us.
Take our lips and speak through them.
Take our hearts and see through them.
Take our souls and set them on fire. Amen.
 
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.”
 
Not long after I was elected Bishop of Kansas, I was in a small coffee shop not far from Coffeyville, Kansas. There I sat, resplendent in my sincere suit, brand new purple shirt, and the shiny new pectoral cross generously given to me by my former parishioners at Saint Michael and All Angels in Dallas, Texas. The cross, modest by Texas standards, was probably the largest golden object in Southeast Kansas at that time. When the waitress came up to take my order and she looked me up and down and said, “My, that is SOME kind of cross!” 
 
And I replied, “Well, thank you ma’am,” and then, trying to offer some kind of explanation I said, “You see, I’m the Episcopal Bishop of Kansas.” And she stopped, and looked over her glasses at me, and said, “Well, la DEE da!” 
 
And to complete my lesson in humility, she yelled over the counter to the cook, “Hey Frank, his holiness wants his hamburger medium rare!”
 
I’ve had a number of “la-DEE-da” moments as the Bishop of Kansas and as Vice President of the House of Bishops, but none of them any more meaningful than being invited to represent our beloved Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, at the Welcome, Investiture and Seating of Bishop Skip Adams. 
 
You know, you all are my heroes. You’re the people who get up early and stay up late to be The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. And I don’t know if you know this, but the whole Episcopal Church has been watching you all and cheering for you. And, I don’t know if you know it, but this can be a tough neighborhood in which to be The Episcopal Church!
 
Why, this is the kind of neighborhood where if, say, you decided to operate a Starbuck’s store, and then you decided you didn’t want to be part of Starbucks anymore, you could leave and STILL call yourselves “Starbucks!” You could take the signs and the coffee makers and everything! Wow. I’m just saying…
 
This is a place where your deep faith has been challenged and your strongest loyalties have been questioned.
 
And every time you spoke truth in the face of lies? You picked up your cross, and followed Christ.
 
And every time you reached out in reconciliation instead of anger? You picked up your cross and followed Christ.
 
And every time you cared more about the people than the buildings, and every time you cared more about the mission than the money, and every time you cared more about proclaiming the Gospel than winning the fight… you picked up your cross and followed Christ.
 
Show me another diocese tested as you have been tested. Show me a more faith-full, a more grace-filled, a more Christ-like response to dysfunction than you have offered in the contemporary history of this Church. I can think of none.
 
But even heroes need leaders, and in The Episcopal Church, we look to the Office of the Bishop to offer servant leadership to the faithful people of God. Your good and faithful bishop, Charles Von Rosenberg, and his wife, Annie, have stood in the lake of fire. And now we call upon another bishop, Skip, and his wife, Bonnie, to stand in the lake of fire once more with all of you.
 
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.”
 
At the very core of my being I believe there is no greater joy than the joy of Christian believing, no greater happiness than the happiness found in the Christian life, and, therefore, no greater privilege that that of leading others in this way of life, following the very example of Christ himself.
 
As most of you know, the word “episcopal” originates in the Greek word, episcopos, which means, literally, “overseer.” In our polity, the bishop is the chief pastor of a diocese. In the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, we say we are one church in 44 different locations. There are 44 different parishes and missions in our diocese, some 12,000 persons, and yet we remain one church. Your diocese, even fractured, is larger and more resourced.
 
All those communities of faith are connected. All of your communities of faith are connected! You share the same history. You all worship from the same Book of Common Prayer. You follow the same canons and sing from the same hymnal, and you all seek to know Christ and to make Christ known.
 
In our ecclesiology, the Office of the Bishop seeks to embody this unity. A bishop symbolically serves to connect every parishioner to the diocese and to connect every individual diocese to the roughly 2 million Episcopalians in the other 109 dioceses in the 16 different nations that make up The Episcopal Church.
 
Sixteen countries: the United States, Taiwan and Micronesia, Honduras, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Haiti (our largest diocese), the Dominican Republic, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, as well as the Episcopal Churches in six countries in Europe – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. I often remind people that we are so international and diverse that all our work in the House of Bishops must be translated into both Spanish and French in order for every bishop to fully participate.
 
Furthermore, every bishop is an outward and visible sign of a connection to the more than 70 million members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the third largest movement in all of Christianity behind Roman Catholicism and the Orthodox tradition. Every Episcopal bishop has been consecrated in a line of apostles that, we believe, traces back to the earliest leaders of the Christian movement and to Christ himself. So, when Bishop Adams lays his hands upon the head of a confirmand, or shakes the hand of someone being received into our fellowship, there are a whole lot of other hands connected to that moment! We are part of a faith tradition that finds its origins in the earliest Christian Church.
 
Now it’s likely many of you have come to The Episcopal Church by a variety of different paths and for many different reasons. But I thought I would take just a moment to review why you have come to this tradition and why you have gone through all of this. I thought I might take just a moment to explain why your sacrifice has been worth it.
 
Now, I know there are many other wonderful traditions within Christianity, and I am well aware of the many imperfections that exist within our own branch of the Christian Church. I also know that not everyone here this morning may be a confirmed member of The Episcopal Church. But a lot has been said and written in recent years about our denomination, particularly in this neighborhood, and I thought it might be helpful if I tried to set the record straight.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you are drawn to the complexity of God as revealed in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, as opposed to simplistic expressions of God that cannot help but distort God’s true multidimensional nature.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you believe men and women are fundamentally equal in the sight of God, and women as well as men should be able to serve in every office in the Church. In The Episcopal Church, women serve as acolytes, vestry members, senior and junior wardens, deacons, priests, bishops and even as Presiding Bishop! Believe it? Heck, I’ve seen it.
 
I am a man who believes this is not only a very good thing but, I believe it’s a genuine glimpse into the very Kingdom of God, where men and women both have equal access to the glory and the love of God. In the Episcopal Church, we have a place for women AND men in every position of responsibility in the Church.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you believe age, race, disability or sexual orientation shouldn’t keep anyone from having an equal place in the House of God. This is a stance that has created significant tensions in our fellowship, and those tensions won’t evaporate overnight. But I believe the positions we have taken in these matters will, with the benefit of history, make us look as though we have been guided by the Triune God in our deliberations. And, in true Anglican form, we remind everyone our unity is not uniform. You don’t have to agree with us to pray with us, to receive the Sacrament with us or to join us in bearing the cross of Christ.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you believe in the power of both the Word of God preached and in the presence of God as revealed through the sacraments. If you find solace and strength through hearing God’s word preached with power, and in receiving the Body and Blood of Christ on a regular basis, you have come to the right place.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you believe the glory of God can be revealed through beautiful architecture, beautiful music, beautiful liturgy, beautiful art and beautiful literature. Episcopalians believe God is fully revealed in the midst of such beauty, and we seek to support and value the aesthetic in all of life. And you should be an Episcopalian if you believe the glory of God is also found in worship offered in funeral homes and coffee shops or wherever God’s people can gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you’re serious about hearing and learning about the Word of God. If you attend Episcopal worship regularly, you will hear the largest part of the Bible read over a three-year cycle. Episcopalians hear lessons from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Epistles as well as from the Gospels, while many so-called “Bible churches” hear comparatively little of the Bible read in worship. (Not too long ago I attended worship with some of my extended family at the Bible Church they attend, and we only heard one small verse from 2nd Corinthians in the entire service! Now, granted, there was a 45-minute sermon on that single verse, but I would have preferred to have heard a good deal more from the original source.) Episcopalians bring a scholarly mind to the study of the Bible, and most Episcopalians take the Bible far too seriously to take it literally.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you think churches should be built around the worship of God and not around the charisma of any one clergyperson. Robert Schuller was an incredibly gifted orator, but his great Crystal Cathedral is now home to a Roman Catholic diocese that found a bargain basement deal on some Southern California real estate! Our ecclesiology makes it difficult, though as we know all-too- well, not impossible, for charismatic clergy to lead parishes and dioceses into unhealthy relationships with them. But in The Episcopal Church it will always be God, and not the clergy, who remain the center of our focus.
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you believe frightening imperfect Christians with the fiery flames of hell or with crushing, unrelenting guilt is not only unbiblical, but it is foundationally unChristian.
 
This is a church where the grace of God trumps the wrath of God, and this is a church where God’s love has the power to redeem any and every one. A God who can forgive your deepest and most haunting sins just may be a God who is loving and powerful enough to forgive mine. This is a hospital for sinners, not a haven for saints! If you are divorced, this is the church for you. If you are a single mother or father, this is the church for you. If you struggle with addiction issues, this is the church for you. Jesus Christ died on a cross to save us, not to mock us or to belittle us.
 
The Episcopal Church seeks to find a place mid-way between “an acrid orthodoxy and an arid liberalism,” and we try, although we don’t always succeed, to maintain the “via media,” the “middle road.”   
 
You should be an Episcopalian if you believe in working closely in mission and ministry with other Christian denominations, like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Old Catholics, the Moravian Church, the United Methodist Church and a host of other denominations with whom we are pursuing deeper ecumenical relationships.

Episcopalians believe we should fully live out the Gospel imperative to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and care for the least among us. These are imperatives for every Christian, and they are at the core of who we are as Episcopalians.
 
Well, perhaps you didn’t need any encouragement from a visiting bishop on becoming or remaining an Episcopalian and, as an old sales manager of mine once told me, “If they’ve decided to buy, you should stop selling.” 
 
But we’re living in a turbulent and polarized time, and assaults made upon our tradition from sources both foreign and domestic inspires me to remind us what being an Episcopalian truly means. The cultural and political wars have not left our beloved tradition unscathed, and what some have judged to be a liberal institution falling away from the faith once delivered, I see as a holy institution discovering its deepest Christian moorings and coming most faithfully into its own.
 
Jesus said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you”
 
We are Episcopalians. We stand with the poor, the oppressed and those who have no advocate, and this always puts us in harm’s way. We bring our heads and our hearts to every theological discussion, and if you want to know what it is that we believe, watch how we pray.
 
If we have little to say in the face of some of the most outrageous accusations made against us, it will be because we are exercising classic Anglican reserve rather than because we have nothing to say in our own defense.
 
Jesus was angry when he cleared the moneychangers out of the temple because he knew they were desecrating the holy things of God for their own purposes.  
 
As former Presiding Bishop John Hines once said, “They did not crucify Jesus for saying, ‘Behold the lilies of the field, how they grow.’ They crucified Jesus for saying, “Behold the thieves in the temple, and how they steal.” Picking up one’s cross requires strength and resilience.
 
We are Episcopalians, and we are unafraid to speak truth to power.
We are Episcopalians, and we are imperfect in so very many ways.
We are Episcopalians, and we live illumined by the light of the Trinity: God the creating Father, God the redeeming Son and God the sustaining Holy Spirit.
 
Now Skip, if I may presume to offer a more personal word to you.
 
The Franciscans have a saying, “Be gentle, and you can be bold. Be frugal, and you can be generous. Be humble, and you can lead.”
 
As persons under Holy Orders, we need to know how to remain connected to the Source of All Things, the Creating, Redeeming, Sustaining God who provides our every breath, empowers our every effort, and makes possible that which would be completely impossible otherwise. Now you know this, and I know this, and we all know this, but I am saying it to remind all of us of the fundamental necessity of maintaining a vibrant prayer life, and I really can’t think of a more important thing to share with you on this occasion.
 
Remember in the Book of Acts where it says, “When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.”
 
Is there a person in this cathedral who doubts the power of such prayer? Is this not the power that changes the whole world?
 
As Christians, we pray, finally, to be raised up with Christ. Raised up out of our anxieties. Raised up out of our self-centeredness. Raised up out of our darkness into the brilliant light. Raised up out of our disillusionment into that sacred hope. Raised up out of our despair into unspeakable glory. Raised up! Raised up!
 
Skip, what the good people of this diocese already know about you is how gifted you are and how faithful you are to Christ and the Church. What they may not know is how respected you are among your colleagues in the House of Bishops, and that you are known for your spiritual depth and for your wisdom and for your good humor. (And, as you know, a good sense of humor will save you in this work!)
 
Willa Cather, in her classic novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop, wrote, “The miracles of the Church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what there is about us always.”
 
Today, this very day, may your perceptions be made finer. May your eyes see and your ears hear, “what is there about us always.”
 
Now, it’s customary for the preacher to give a charge at an ordination. Skip, you’ve been ordained for a very long time now, but may I ask the bishop to please stand?
 
My Dear Brother in Christ, surprise the people you serve with the intensity of your prayers and the clarity of your purpose. Be courageous in the knowledge that Christ is your sure and certain companion. Remember with a fierce tenacity the many, many gifts of the people you serve, and forget with an easy grace their many, many faults.
 
Seek out for the poor, the weak and the sick, and become their sure voice. Seek out the rich, the strong and the healthy, and be their guide. Seek out the young, the naïve and the uneducated, and be their teacher. Seek out the wise, the faithful and the brave, and be their student.
 
And never, ever, ever forget who you are and to whom you finally belong.
 
My dear brother in Christ, may the Lord guard, guide and richly bless your ministry in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina today and forever. Amen.
 
See the full photo album here
More than 200 people came out to greet Bishop Skip Adams and his wife, Bonnie, on Friday, September 9 at Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston. The reception was a prelude to Saturday's Special Convention, which begins at 10 a.m. 
 
Bishop Skip Adams enjoys a cup of coffee in the Diocesan Office (above) as he prepares to greet visitors Tuesday morning. He is spending this week meeting with staff and leaders from around the diocese as he prepares to serve as our new Provisional Bishop.

The Special Convention begins at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday at Grace Church Cathedral, with a special Choral Eucharist. Everyone is invited to attend and join in the celebration as we welcome Bishop Adams.

Please keep our Special Diocesan Convention in your prayers.
 
Almighty and everliving God,
source of all wisdom and understanding,
be present with those who take counsel in Diocesan Convention
for the renewal and mission of your Church.
Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory.
Guide us to perceive what is right,
and grant us both the courage to pursue it
and the grace to accomplish it;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, page 818)

This FridayMeet Bishop & Mrs. Adams at Church of the Holy Communion
5:30-7:30 p.m.


Come and meet Bishop Skip and Bonnie Adams at a meet-and-greet reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the entire diocese (not just convention-goers). Registration is not required. All are welcome!
 
This SaturdaySpecial Convention and Choral Eucharist
starting at 10:00 a.m.

Official registration closes Wednesday, September 7 for delegates and visitors. All are welcome to come and attend the Choral Eucharist and investiture service, even if you missed the registration deadline. 

The liturgy will begin immediately following the business meeting.
 
Read a news article about Bishop Adams in the Sunday edition of the (Charleston) Post and Courier.

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Visit to Calvary Episcopal Church on April 9, 2016

posted Oct 23, 2015, 9:04 AM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 3:51 PM ]


Calvary members greet Presiding Bishop Curry at the Neighborhood Block Party

Saturday, April 9, 2016


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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's visit to our diocese
April 8-10, 2016​


The weekend's events


The Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, visited Charleston April 8-10 to preach, worship and visit with people from across The Episcopal Church in South Carolina at special events at five downtown churches.

Presiding Bishop Curry's major public appearance in Charleston was on Saturday at Church of the Holy Communion, where he gave the keynote address at an all-day educational conference titled "Spirituality, Evangelism, and Justice: Telling the Story, Sharing the Message of The Jesus Movement." (Read  about the conference in the column at the right.)
  
Friday, April 8
Community Evening Prayer
​Presiding Bishop Curry's first event was an ecumenical service of Community Evening Prayer at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 67 Anson St., with Christian leaders from around the city. The Reverend Dr. Betty Deas Clark, Pastor of Emanuel AME Church (above) was the preacher.  (video of Dr. Clark's Sermonvideo of the Presiding Bishop's Greeting) (photos)
Bishop's Lock-In
The Presiding Bishop visited middle-school and high-school students at an overnight lock-in at Grace Church Cathedral (above) (
more photos)
 
Saturday, April 9

'Spirituality, Evangelism, & Justice' Conference see the column on the right
Solemn High Mass
The Presiding Bishop was celebrant at Solemn High Mass at Church of the Holy Communion (above) at the conclusion of the Saturday conference. The preacher was The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within The Episcopal Church. (photos) (video of Canon Hunn's sermon)
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Neighborhood Block Party
Calvary Episcopal Church, 106 Line St., celebrated the visit with a neighborhood block party on Saturday evening, with a DJ, barbecue, and a big crowd of neighbors and friends. Dr. Seabrook presented the Presiding Bishop with a special gift (above): a giclee print of a quilt made by educator and artist Dr. Marlene O'Bryant-Seabrook, commemorating Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in The Episcopal Church.  (more photos)

Sunday, April 10
Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's
St. Mark's and Calvary welcomed the Presiding Bishop as the preacher at a joint celebration of Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's (above) on Sunday morning. (more photos)
Choral Eucharist and Cathedral Celebration
Presiding Bishop Curry preached at Grace Church Cathedral, the newly-designated cathedral of the diocese, at 11:00 a.m. The Very Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral in the Church of England (left in the photo above), and Bishop vonRosenberg (right) also participated along with Dean Michael Wright of Grace Church Cathedral. The gift of a stone from Canterbury Cathedral was dedicated to mark the occasion. (video) (photos) ​Read more about the cathedral celebration here.
Celebrating our
​New Cathedral
The Presiding Bishop's visit to Grace Church Cathedral was an opportunity to celebrate Grace as the newest cathedral in the Anglican Communion. Read about the celebration here.

Quick links to photos
​and videos


VIDEOS (listed chronologically)
The Rev. Betty Deas Clark’s Sermon at Community Evening Prayer with the Presiding Bishop
Presiding Bishop Curry's Greetings at the Community Evening Prayer Service
Presiding Bishop Curry’s Keynote Address at the Spirituality, Evangelism & Justice Conference
The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn’s Sermon at the concluding Eucharist at the Spirituality, Evangelism & Justice Conference
Presiding Bishop Curry’s Sermon at Grace Church Cathedral
 (sermon begins at 38:20 in the video of the service)
 
ONLINE PHOTO ALBUMS
Bishop's Youth Lock-In at the Cathedral
Community Evening Prayer at St. Stephen's
'Spirituality, Evangelism and Justice' Conference at Holy Communion
Neighborhood Block Party at Calvary
Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's, Charleston
Choral Eucharist at Grace Church Cathedral 
Photo album shared by participants from the Diocese of Upper SC

SOCIAL MEDIA
See a sample of tweets and Instagram photos that used the hashtag #PBinSC

 'Spirituality, Evangelism, and Justice' Conference

Keynote speaker

Presiding Bishop Curry 
(video of the address)

Speakers

The Rev. Dr. David T. Gortner
Virginia Theological Seminary, "The Spiritual Practice of Evangelism"

The Rev. Kammy Young
of the University of the South at Sewanee, "Jesus, Justice and Jubilee" 
Resource: Download a PDF with the Rev. Young's presentation and a resource sheet.

The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart 
of Calvary Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C, "Racial Reconciliation: Beginning the Conversation"

Dr. Lester Pittman
of Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, "Who is My Neighbor? Living in a Multi-Faith Society 

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The Conference Sponsor
This conference was made possible by The Episcopal forum of South Carolina, whose mission is to support The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, The Episcopal Church, and the worldwide Anglican Communion by providing support and educational offerings, including an annual educational conference.
 
Learn more, and find out how you can support The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina:
episcopalforumofsc.org
Facebook: facebook.com/EFofSC


 
 

Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop - The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry

posted Sep 28, 2015, 2:19 PM by CalvaryEpiscopal Church   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 3:59 PM ]


Sunday, November 1, 2015 12 PM

 Holy Eucharist with the Installation of
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry as XXVII Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church


VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE INSTALLATION



Episcopal Church installs its first African American presiding bishop
 Michelle Boorstein November 1 at 10:22 PM
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/episcopal-church-installs-its-first-african-american-bishop/2015/11/01/d9b7c44c-80d2-11e5-9afb-0c971f713d0c_story.html

The public face and style of the Episcopal Church shifted Sunday with the installation of Michael Bruce Curry, the denomination’s first African American spiritual leader.

Curry, 62, a high-energy, evangelical pastor, is expected to bring a positive, Pope Francis-like vibe to a church community marked in recent years by shrinking numbers and legal disputes related to gay rights.

“Don’t worry! Be happy! God loves you!” Curry boomed at the close of his sermon to the 2,500 people gathered in the soaring Washington National Cathedral. Preaching from the elevated Canterbury Pulpit, Curry immediately changed the face of Episcopalianism, historically one of the faiths of the nation’s white elite.

Curry, known for focusing on evangelism and programs for the poor, follows Katharine Jefferts Schori, a somber Nevada oceanographer who was presiding bishop for nine years.

Jefferts Schori oversaw a tumultuous period as Americans turned away from the denomination and conservatives streamed out, in some cases triggering litigation over church properties that bled into many millions of dollars. The church has faced the same tensions that other faiths have had for decades over issues such as gay rights and the female clergy, but it ordained Gene Robinson, an openly gay bishop, in 2003. Since then, the church has lost 20 percent of its membership.

Curry focused his installation sermon on racial reconciliation, a cause at the center of what he calls “the Jesus movement” — a new emphasis on evangelism. Preaching in an animated style more familiar to a Baptist church, he told the story of a young black couple who visited an all-white Episcopal church in the 1940s. The woman, an Episcopalian, approached to take Communion. The man, who was studying to be a Baptist pastor, sat in the back, watching to see what would happen when it became clear in this segregated era that there was just one cup from which everyone would drink.

When the white priest offered the cup to the young black woman, the scene was so dramatic that the man shifted his affiliation and was ordained as an Episcopalian.

“The Holy Spirit has done evangelism and racial reconciliation in the Episcopal Church before, because that man and woman were the parents of the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church,” Curry said, speaking of himself.

The church broke into roars and applause.

“Yes, the way of God’s love turns our world upside down. But that’s really right-side up,” Curry preached. “And in that way, the nightmare of this world will be transfigured into the very dream of God for humanity and all creation. My brothers and sisters, God has not given up on God’s world. And God is not finished with the Episcopal Church yet.”

[More on Bishop Curry’s life story]

Racial reconciliation has become a higher priority for many predominantly white U.S. churches. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, along with the Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, in recent years have elevated it in sermons, programs on gun control and symbolic actions such as removing the Confederate flag from stained glass in the cathedral. The question for Curry and other faith leaders is how to avoid the political polarization Americans both love and hate and with which many young people associate organized Christianity.

While Curry focused on overcoming economic, racial, educational and political divisions, he is known as a progressive who was one of the first bishops to allow same-sex marriages to be performed, in North Carolina. He was involved in grass-roots demonstrations in Raleigh called Moral Monday, challenging local and state governments to address the poor and marginalized.

“Is it an understatement to say we live in a deeply complex and difficult time for our world,” Curry said. “Life is not easy. It is an understatement to say that these are not, and will not be, easy times for people of faith.

“Churches, religious communities and institutions are being profoundly challenged,” he said. “But the realistic social critique of Charles Dickens rings true for us even now: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’ . . . Don’t worry! Be happy!”

The installation drew a large crowd for the cathedral, including 150 bishops who streamed in together in white-and-red clerical garb. There were at least 75 “watch parties” of Episcopalians across the country, church spokeswoman Neva Rae Fox said.

The Episcopal Church is the U.S.-based part of the global Anglican Communion, one of the largest Christian communities in the world. Its membership, about 1.8 million, was never large, but until recently was home to a disproportionate number of the United States’ business and political elite. Culturally it was considered a proper part of U.S. society, with a refined and orderly worship style. Although that is a somewhat outdated image, Curry’s installation drove home the change as clergy processed to powerful Native American drumming music and an intense rendition of the black spiritual “Wade in the Water.”



On demand video of the Eucharist will be available on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5YZtmFkNyU 






The Most Reverend Michael Curry

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Michael Bruce Curry was elected and confirmed as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City on June 27, 2015. He was previously elected as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000. He was consecrated on June 17, 2000, in Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 13, 1953, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School. He has also done continued study at the College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.

Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, by the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by the Rt. Rev. John M. Burgess.

He began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1978 and was rector there 1979-1982. He next accepted a call to serve as the rector of St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, Ohio, where he served 1982-1988.

In 1988 he became rector of St. James’, Baltimore, Maryland, where he served until his election as bishop.

In his three parish ministries, Bishop Curry was active in the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, the creation of networks of family day care providers and educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods. He also sat on the Commission on Ministry in each of the three dioceses in which he has served.

During his time as Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, Bishop Curry has taken the Diocese into 21st-century Galilee, the complex modern world that churches must engage in order to continue spreading the Gospel. He instituted a network of canons, deacons, and youth ministry professionals dedicated to supporting the ministry that already happens in local congregations and refocused the Diocese on The Episcopal Church’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved over 100,000 lives. Throughout his ministry, Bishop Curry has also been active in issues of social justice, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.

Bishop Curry serves on the boards of a large number of organizations and has a national preaching and teaching ministry. He has been featured on The Protestant Hour and North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, as well as on The Huffington Post. In addition, Bishop Curry is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, Yale, and, most recently, Episcopal Divinity School. He served on the Taskforce for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church and recently was named chair of Episcopal Relief and Development’s Board of Directors. His book of sermons, Crazy Christians, came out in August 2013, and his second book, Songs My Grandma Sang, came out in June 2015.

He and his wife, Sharon, have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

Source:  Washington National Cathedral website:  http://www.cathedral.org/staff/PE-7CHH8-380004.shtml

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The Episcopal Church’s first black leader — and its ‘tortuous’ path toward integration
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey October 15
Source:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/first-black-episcopal-church-leader-will-continue-his-fathers-teachings/2015/10/14/bede82e2-72b2-11e5-8d93-0af317ed58c9_story.html

Bishop Michael Curry vividly remembers growing up in segregated Buffalo in the 1950s and ’60s, where on one bright morning in 1963, he crossed Main Street from East Buffalo to West Buffalo to attend an integrated school.

As an Episcopal priest and civil rights activist, his late father, Kenneth Curry, helped lead the boycott of the city’s segregated public schools. And yet, like the larger culture at the time, worship in the Episcopal Church he so loved was largely segregated. As leader of a black congregation in Buffalo, he never would have been called to the pulpit of a white Episcopal church.

Five decades later, Kenneth Curry probably would never have imagined that his son would be chosen to lead the entire denomination.

On Nov. 1, Michael Curry — who was elected this summer just one week after the shootings at a historic African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C. — will be installed as the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral. He will replace Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who was elected the church’s first female presiding bishop in 2006.
John Agbaje, right, takes a selfie with the Rev. Michael Curry
after the Virginia Theological Seminary consecrated its newly
built Immanuel Chapel on Tuesday in Alexandria.
(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

In many ways, Curry’s tenure will be a continuation of what his father taught him: In God’s eyes, all human beings are equal and deserve to be treated as such.  “I grew up seeing that Jesus of Nazareth has something to do with our lives and has something to do with how we structure and order our society,” said Curry, 62.

Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina since 2000, was elected with an overwhelming majority, the third black candidate for presiding bishop in the church’s history.

“Most black Episcopalians interpret this as catching up, as something they should’ve done before,” said Byron Rushing, vice president of the House of Deputies and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Blacks make up 6.3 percent of the church’s membership, compared with 86.6 percent for non-Hispanic white members, according to church data.

But as presiding bishop, Curry will face membership challenges that extend far beyond race. Like other mainline denominations, the Episcopal Church — the historic home to U.S. presidents and the nation’s elite — has struggled to fill its pews. It has lost more than 20 percent of its members since it consecrated its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003, and new statistics suggest that membership continues to fall, dropping 2.7 percent from 2013 to about 1.8 million U.S. members in 2014.

Progressive on social issues

On Tuesday, Curry and other church leaders gathered at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria to consecrate a chapel to replace the one that burned down in 2010. Curry was like a rock star to many of the seminarians, making faces for selfies.

Ian Markham, dean of the seminary, noted that the founders and faculty from the institution once owned slaves and that its new chapel has a plaque noting its past segregation in worship. “We have to recognize the sins of our past and repent of them,” he said.

Curry has a clear passion for evangelism, something he calls “the Jesus movement,” though not a formal movement within the church. He is also progressive on social issues and was one of the first bishops to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in North Carolina churches.

As bishop in North Carolina, Curry was involved in the grass-roots Moral Monday demonstrations in Raleigh, challenging local and state governments to address the poor and marginalized.

“The work of evangelism and social justice must go together, because it’s part of the whole gospel,” he said.

Observers note Curry’s desire to keep his installation service simple and his focus on people on the margins — almost like a Protestant Pope Francis who could help change the face of the church. His friends point to his boisterous preaching style as he moves around the pulpit and gestures with his arms, more Baptist than Episcopal in some ways.

The father of two adult daughters with his wife, Sharon, Curry is known for his infectious laughter and self-deprecating humor. He is an avid reader, a Buffalo Bills fan and a self-described “certified NFL grief counselor,” and a lover of music who took up the violin about seven years ago.

Curry said he was deeply shaped by his Baptist grandmother, the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves. While he was in middle school, she stepped in after Curry’s mother went into a coma brought on by a cerebral hemorrhage.

“My grandmother couldn’t imagine Barack Obama in the White House, and I know she couldn’t imagine her grandson as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church,” he said.

As a family, they would pray every night, and Curry jokingly said he would secretly hope that his father would pray so it would be a shorter one. “If it was the Baptist prayer, it would go on forever,” he said.

His mother, who grew up Baptist, switched to the Episcopal Church after she read “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. His father, who was a licensed Baptist pastor and came from a line of Baptist preachers, followed her.

Curry remembers the denominational bantering between his father and grandmother.

“They would tease each other. She would say, ‘How do you know if someone in your church has the Holy Spirit?’ He’d say, ‘You all got too much Holy Spirit in your church.’ ”

Ending the battles

Curry’s down-to-earth style and gift for bringing people together should prove valuable as he leads a church riven by divisions in recent years over issues from gay rights to how to read Scripture. However, many of its more theologically conservative churches have left the denomination after having been involved in multimillion-dollar lawsuits over the right to church properties.

Part of Curry’s challenge will be to put those battles over social issues fully in the past, said Ryan Danker, a church historian at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.

“If he can bring some peace and healing, maybe end the lawsuits, have discussion and dialogue with various parties, I think he’ll be very successful,” Danker said.

Jefferts Schori, the outgoing presiding bishop, said Tuesday that the Episcopal Church is no longer “the establishment church” in the United States, which she considers to be a good thing.

“We’re more focused on the people of the margins,” she said. “We’re willing to go be with, rather than do for, and I think that’s healthier spiritually.”

The Rev. Sandye Wilson, rector of St. Andrew and Holy Communion Episcopal Church in South Orange, N.J., and a friend of Curry’s, said he is uniquely able to address the range of Episcopal Church members.

“He is comfortable with kings and princes but doesn’t lose the common touch,” Wilson said. “He is as comfortable with people who are very wealthy and comfortable with people in prison.”

The Episcopal Church is affiliated with the larger worldwide Anglican Communion, the world’s third-largest Christian denomination, which is discussing whether it can remain unified amid divisions over sexuality and other issues. A large percentage of Anglicanism is thriving in the developing world, where more-conservative leaders have been unhappy with the Episcopal Church.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who attended Tuesday’s chapel consecration in Alexandria but declined interviews, has called Anglican leaders to a special meeting in January.

The Episcopal Church voted this summer to let gay couples marry in the church’s religious ceremonies, which Welby said “will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith resolutions.”

January’s gathering of leaders includes a review of the worldwide Anglican Communion’s future.

Some believe that Curry’s election as presiding bishop could help lead the way into that future, in which the membership of the global church will probably keep growing more diverse.

“It could change the face of the Episcopal Church, which is — at least in the eyes of many — a largely white, upper-class denomination of people in power,” said the Rev. Adam Shoemaker of Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington, N.C. “It will be significant now that we have a nonwhite presiding bishop to represent us to the rest of the church.”


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