Bishop Writes Diocese Following SC Supreme Court’s Decision

Bishop Chip Edgar

Dear Friends,

Greetings from London where the choir from St Philip’s, together with other voices from around our diocese, are making us proud as the Choir in Residence at St Paul’s, London.

Like all of you, I’m grateful the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed course on the fate of six of our seven parishes that had petitioned for rehearing. But, again like all, I’m saddened that the clergy and people of Good Shepherd were ruled to have lost their property.

Continue to be in prayer for the congregations, vestries and clergy of parishes which have lost or are losing their properties:

Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant 
Ted Duvall (Katherine)
Joyce Harder (Howard)
Jim Lewis (Libby)

Good Shepherd, Charleston
Will Klauber (Sara)
Dan Farley (Sue)

Holy Trinity, Charleston
David Dubay (Lisa)
Tom Hample (Kelli)

St. Bartholomew’s, Hartsville
Bill Oldland (Ellen)

St. James, Charleston
Toby Larson (Cynthia)
Louise Weld
Elizabeth Bumpas

St. John’s, Johns Island
Jeremy Shelton (Jessica)

St. David’s, Cheraw
Jason Varnadore (Jenna)

St. Matthew’s, Fort Motte
Janet Echols (Charles)
Charles Echols (Janet)

St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
Ken Weldon (Boo)
Sandi Kerner

We now have a clearer sense of who will need our support as they make the move into temporary facilities and plan for a re-planted future. Please be thinking about the ways you and your congregation will come alongside to offer support. We, together, are the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina and we have an opportunity now to live that out in tangible ways.

Though there is still much to be done, I can see a time ahead when these lawsuits may actually be behind us. That future is growing ever more real and imminent.

I look forward to returning from vacation and travel so I can be with you again in the work of the gospel to which we all are called.


+Chip Edgar

(August 18, 2022)