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Bishop Lawrence Responds to EFSC Request for Investigation
September 24, 2010

The Alienation and Disassociation of the Diocese of South Carolina from TEC

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Bishop Lawrence Responds to EFSC Request for Investigation
Letter sent by The Episcopal Forum Requesting Investigation of the Leadership of Diocese of SC
SOUTH CAROLINA: Diocese proposes resolutions to 'protect' itself
SOUTH CAROLINA: Group asks church leadership for investigation
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Bishop Lawrence Responds to EFSC Request for Investigation

September 23, 2010

Dear Members and Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina

............Yesterday a group within the Diocese known as the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina wrote to the House of Bishops and the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church urging them to investigate my actions as Bishop and the actions of our Standing Committee.

They have cited seven concerns as the foundation for their request. While these are trying times for Episcopalians and there is much need for listening carefully to one another, I do not want to let these accusations stand or go without response. Perhaps in their anxiety they have done us all a favor—indeed, presenting me with a teachable moment for this diocese and, dare I hope to believe, for others as well who may have read their letter.

I will strive to refrain from using ecclesiastical language (Episcopalianese) or unduly difficult theology. Unfortunately, due to the accusations, a certain amount of each is necessary. Nevertheless, I will tune my writing as well as I can for the person in the pew. I will proceed by first putting forth in italics the accusation. In most cases I will just use their language, then, give my response. This could be much longer, but there is little need to try your patience.

(READ FULL LETTER ON DIOCESAN WEBSITE AT FOLLOWING LINK:)
Bishop Lawrence Responds

Letter sent by The Episcopal Forum Requesting Investigation of the Leadership of Diocese of SC

On September 22, 2010 The Episcopal Forum sent a Letter to The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church and all Bishops. This letter which can be read at the link below concludes with:

"We wish to call to your attention the recent actions and inactions on the part of the diocesan leadership and leaders in parishes and missions within the Diocese of South Carolina, which we believe are accelerating the process of alienation and disassociation of the Diocese of South Carolina from The Episcopal Church.

In accordance with our Mission statement, we feel compelled to emphasize the importance of the issues that we include in our attached documents. Specifically, we enumerate issues that present grave concern to us, as Episcopalians in our Diocese, and we request that The Episcopal Church leadership investigate the situation in our Diocese."

Link to Letter

SOUTH CAROLINA: Diocese proposes resolutions to 'protect' itself

With the support of the Bishop, the Standing Committee of the Diocese proposed 6 resolutions for the Reconvened Diocesan Convention to be held on October 15, 2010. They claim on the Diocesan website that these resolutions “will protect the diocese from any attempt at un-Constitutional intrusions into our corporate life in South Carolina.”

Others believe however that the purpose appears to be to continue and accelerate the process of the separation from The Episcopal Church. These Proposes Resolutions are on the Diocesan Website.

Link to Proposed Resolutions

SOUTH CAROLINA: Group asks church leadership for investigation

By ENS staff, September 22, 2010

[Episcopal News Service] Members of an Episcopal Church advocacy group in the Diocese of South Carolina have asked the church's leadership to "investigate" a series of actions which they say "are accelerating the process of alienation and disassociation" of the diocese from the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina Sept. 22 sent a five-page letter to Executive Council and the House of Bishops that lists a series of what are called "recent actions and inactions on the part of the diocesan leadership and leaders in parishes and missions within the diocese."

In one such instance, the letter says the diocese has "taken no disciplinary measures or legal action" against the leaders of St. Andrew's Church, Mt. Pleasant, since they claimed in March to have led the parish out of the Episcopal Church.

The letter says that the diocese and more than half of its 44 parishes have removed references to the Episcopal Church from their names and websites, and that some list links to breakaway Anglican organizations.

The letter also lists past diocesan convention actions as well as the six proposed resolutions the diocese will consider on Oct. 15.

The diocese has said that each of the six proposed resolutions "represents an essential element of how we protect the diocese from any attempt at un-constitutional intrusions into our corporate life in South Carolina." That explanation also said that the resolutions come in response to the General Convention's 2009 passage of revised Title IV canons on clergy discipline, which were approved (via Resolution A185).

Link to ENS Article

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