The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) will host three public open conversations held in Conway, Charleston and Bluffton between July 16-18 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.

TECSC is offering the open conversations to provide information and answer questions for people whose churches are affected by recent court decisions giving control of the property of the Diocese of South Carolina and 28 parishes to The Episcopal Church and its recognized diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

“We understand this is a time of great concern and confusion for people who care deeply about their faith communities,” said the Right Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III, Bishop of TECSC. “We want to listen well and respond to their questions in order to offer a clear picture of how people can remain in their churches as part of The Episcopal Church.”

The open conversations will take place across lower South Carolina from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the following locations and dates.

• Conway’s Open Conversation will be held at the Conway Senior Center located at 1519 Mill Pond Road, Conway, SC 29527 on July 16, 2018.

• Charleston’s Open Conversation will be held at the Citadel Alumni Affairs Banquet Hall located at 69 Hagood Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403 on July 17, 2018.

Bluffton’s Open Conversation will be held at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park located at 7 Recreation Court, Bluffton, SC 29910 on July 18, 2018.

The Rev. William Coyne, TECSC’s Missioner for Returning Congregations, said people who attend will have an opportunity to speak with him, Bishop Adams, and other clergy and lay leaders from the surrounding communities.

"Bring your questions, concerns and an open heart,” he said. “We wish to listen and provide a roadmap for reconciliation.”

"This is the fullness of time to begin a journey with The Episcopal Church, both back and forward,” Fr. Coyne said. “Back to a relationship with The Episcopal Church that was there when your parish was consecrated, and forward to a new day of engaging God’s mission.”

Meetings with the community will be crucial on the path to reconciliation for churches that have been separated from The Episcopal Church for about 5 years. Information regarding the meetings is posted on the TECSC web page. For more information, view A Historical Timeline of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina and the Frequently Asked Questions.

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