CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church will visit the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina January 25-26, 2013 as Episcopalians in the diocese gather in Charleston for a Special Convention to elect a new “provisional” bishop and other diocesan leadership.
The visit will give Episcopalians in the Diocese of South Carolina an opportunity to welcome Bishop Jefferts Schori and receive encouragement from her as they strive to continue the work of The Episcopal Church, of which their diocese has been a part for more than 200 years.
Bishop Jefferts Schori will be welcomed with a reception and other special events on Friday, January 25. On Saturday, January 26, she will convene a Special Convention at Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St. in Charleston, and preside over the convention while delegates elect a provisional bishop and fill other vacant offices in the diocese.
Episcopalians in the diocese are without a bishop after the Presiding Bishop accepted the renunciation of Mark Lawrence on Dec. 5 and released him from ordained ministry. The announcement by local church leaders that they have left The Episcopal Church has left the Diocese with no Standing Committee, which normally would lead a diocese in the absence of a bishop.
A nominating committee of local Episcopalians is working with the Presiding Bishop to find a nominee for Provisional Bishop, a person who already is a bishop and could immediately go to work in South Carolina to meet the needs of parishes and people here.
Details and updates on the schedule for the Presiding Bishop's visit will be posted as they become available at the Diocesan website, episcopaldioceseofsc.org.