Meeting in Wheaton, Illinois for Assembly 2017, the Provincial Council unanimously voted in favor of accepting the Diocese of South Carolina into the Anglican Church in North America. Delegates stood in applause after the vote was taken, and the diocesan delegation was officially seated.
After the vote, Archbishop Mouneer Anis (Egypt) addressed the council, and Bishop Mark Lawrence gave thanks to the Global South for their care for the diocese over the last few years. The Diocese of South Carolina voted March 11, 2017, to affiliate with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). The vote, which was held during their 226th Convention, was unanimous in both orders (clergy and laity).
Established in 1785, the Diocese of South Carolina was one of the nine original dioceses of The Episcopal Church in the United States that organized after the American Revolution. The Diocese of South Carolina includes 53 active churches, with 22,149 baptized members and 142 clergy. The average Sunday attendance is 9,085. They will become the largest diocese in the Anglican Church in North America.
Watch the video below to hear Archbishop Beach’s Provincial Assembly address regarding this occasion, the consecration of a new missionary bishop to Europe, and other developments in our province: