Greetings from the Diocese of South Carolina. Thank you for your interest in our search for the 15th bishop of our diocese. We hope that the information found below will give you a better idea both of who we are as a diocese, and of the kind of bishop we hope will answer God’s call to lead us into the next chapter of our life together.
The Diocese of South Carolina, as one of the nine original dioceses that formed the Episcopal Church in 1785, boasts a rich history that is steeped in the traditions of the Episcopal Church. We are exceedingly proud of our diocese, but we do not look just to our past for inspiration. We are looking forward to our future, and we are excited to continue building on our rich history as we grow together in our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus
Our Diocesan Profile was crafted by the 16 members of the Bishop Search Committee. The Search Committee is made up of two clergy and two lay members from each of the four deaneries in the Diocese. In crafting the profile, members of the Search Committee held several listening sessions in different locations across the Diocese. These sessions provided participants the opportunity to express what they felt was most important for our next bishop to know about us as a diocese. Written responses to the questions asked at the listening sessions were also considered. In addition, the clergy of the Diocese had a special gathering so that their voices could be heard. We are confident therefore that the Diocesan Profile presents a fair picture of who we are as a diocese, and our hope is that it will be helpful in the discernment process for the person who will respond to the call to be our new bishop.