Anglican Diocese of South Carolina

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Anglican Diocese of South Carolina
Location
Ecclesiastical provinceAnglican Church in North America
Statistics
Congregations53 (2018)[1]
Members20,763 (2018)[1]
Information
RiteAnglican
CathedralCathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston
Current leadership
BishopMark Lawrence
Map
Location of the Anglican diocese of South Carolina
Location of the Anglican diocese of South Carolina
Website
https://www.adosc.org/

The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina is a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The diocese covers an area of 24 counties in the eastern part of the state of South Carolina. In 2018, it had 20,763 baptized members and 53 parishes.[1] The see city is Charleston, home to the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul.

The Anglican Diocese formed in 2012 when the historical Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina split into two groups after a long period of conflict over theology and authority within the national Episcopal Church. Bishop Mark Lawrence and a majority of the members of the historical diocese left the Episcopal Church but continued to claim diocesan property, including church buildings, and to be the continuation of the historical diocese. The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina joined the ACNA in 2017.

A minority of the members of the historical diocese remained affiliated to the Episcopal Church and called themselves the Episcopal Church in South Carolina. This group also claimed the right to the name and property of the historical diocese. On August 2, 2017, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that 29 parishes and the St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center were the property of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina and must be returned but that seven other parish properties were owned by the Anglican Diocese.[2]

On September 19, 2019, a federal court ruled that the trademarks and names "Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina" and "Diocese of South Carolina" were owned by the Episcopal Church and its affiliates in the state. Following this decision, the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina adopted its current name.

  1. ^ a b c "2018 Parochial Report Statistics" (PDF). Anglican Diocese of South Carolina. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Hawes, Jennifer Berry; Parker, Adam. "State Supreme Court rules The Episcopal Church can reclaim 29 properties from breakaway parishes". Post and Courier. Retrieved April 27, 2020.

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