From South Carolina-
Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III, recently appointed provisional bishop of the Episcopal Church of South Carolina, never planned to be here. The Baltimore native has spent the last two decades in Upstate New York and was nearing retirement when he was called upon to consider leading South Carolina’s parishes.
“It was my sense, I needed to at least pay attention,” he said.
Church administration was able to keep Adam’s attention and in September, he took the reins following Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg’s retirement. Adams, 64, is charged with leading the church, which is currently awaiting a decision by the S.C. Supreme Court regarding a legal battle that began when two-thirds of parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina left the national church, citing theological differences over homosexuality, salvation and other issues. That group retained much of the parish property and the name “Diocese of South Carolina,” an outcome still being litigated.