About our new issue, Strength in Weakness

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Welcome to Carolina Grace: Strength in Weakness. We launched Carolina Grace back in 2009 as an effort to promote unity and provide a platform for the unhindered expression and exploration of theological thought. To write and speak of God is nothing short of the very worship of God. Additionally, we continue to offer essays chronicling our own history as Episcopalians in South Carolina. In Bishop William Alexander Guerry’s words, “We take a backward glance today to gain fresh courage for the future, and a deeper consecration to the great work to which God has called us.” That broad mission continues. Continue reading

What now?

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The slaying of the nine saints of Mother Emanuel is changing the community of South Carolina, and beyond, in ways that we simply cannot yet fully see.

We know that events can change a community. This is no new or great or profound revelation; it’s simply the way of life. General agreement exists for the following two statements:

The Spoleto Festival, founded in 1977, has changed the Charleston community.

Hurricane Hugo in 1989 changed the Lowcountry. Continue reading

Acts of forgiveness may be key to real power

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The whole notion of forgiveness has been in the front of many people’s minds in the weeks since the massacre at Emanuel AME Church. Just how, they wonder, could family members of the victims, one after another, forgive the accused shooter so quickly after such a reprehensible deed?

One pastor explains forgiving is the natural, almost instinctive reaction of people who live lives based on a deep faith in God. Because of faith, they already feel forgiven for the sins they confess to their maker. When an evil was done to members of their family, forgiveness was a the way for the faithful person to cope and react. Continue reading