For the first time since the courts confirmed a so-called "breakaway group" could keep the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina name and churches, the group began a convention Friday.
All the clergy of the diocese as well as representatives from each congregation are taking part in the group's 224th convention.
Some 54 congregations are being represented by about 400 people, who will set priorities for the diocese for the coming year.
Eight new clergy and two new churches are joining the event, which is considered a family reunion of sorts.
"Folks who have come to this gathering have been meeting each other not only in convention but in other ministries for years, in some cases generations," Rev. Canon Jim Lewis said.
The Diocese of South Carolina recently won a legal battle after breaking away from the U-S Episcopal Church.
But the fight may not be over.
Approximately 30 local congregations stayed with the National Episcopal Church, which considers those congregations to be the South Carolina Diocese, and are considering an appeal.