The presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church will be in South Carolina Saturday to meet with Lowcountry Episcopalians for a day of worship and workshops.
Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is primate of the U.S. Episcopal church, will lead a service at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Pawleys Island for the “Enthusiastically Episcopalian” conference.
The Lowcountry has suffered a split among its Episcopal churches, with the majority of congregations departing the U.S. church under Jefferts Schori to align with Bishop Mark Lawrence, who announced his decision to leave the church over doctrinal differences. The two groups are involved in ongoing property disputes.
Two workshops, “Rebuilding While Rejoicing” and “Showing the Way While Staying the Course,” will focus on the conflict and include a team from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, which officials say experienced a similar period of schism.
The Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of what is now known as the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, will speak on the “State of the Diocese.”
The conference is sponsored by the Episcopal Church, the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, a not-for-profit organization that supports the diocese.
Meanwhile, Lawrence will speak on the same day in Darlington to women of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina at St. Matthews Church.