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Parishes that remained with national Episcopal church holding convention in SC Lowcountry

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — More than 300 people are expected to attend the two-day convention of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina comprised of parishes remaining with the national church after a schism in the eastern part of the state.

Bishop James Tengatenga, (TENG-a TENG-a), chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council and a visiting professor at the University of the South, preaches at the convention Eucharist in Charleston on Friday.

Delegates also will vote on recognizing worship groups from Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach and Okatie seeking to join 27 parishes and missions now in union with the convention.

Two years ago, about 50 other conservative churches in the region split with the national church amid differences over several theological issues, including the authority of Scripture and ordination of gays.

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