EFSC Forum - Sunday, April 15
April 16, 2012

What has been going on in the Diocese of SC and in TEC?

In This Issue:
AGENDA - 4/15/12 EFSC FORUM
SC Episcopalians - Episcopal Forum's Spring Meeting Highlights
TIME LINE OF EVENTS LEADING TO DISASSOCIATION FROM TEC
PRESERVING UNITY WITH DIVERSITY IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN 2012
JOIN THE EPISCOPAL FORUM OF SC!
 
AGENDA - 4/15/12 EFSC FORUM
1. Opening Prayer: The Rev. John Johnson
2. Introduction of Board of Directors: Melinda Lucka
3. Presentations:

• Steve Skardon: SC Episcopalians
• Warren Mersereau and Eleanor Koets: Parish By-laws
• Melinda Lucka: Diocesan Canons, Constitution & Charter
• Melinda Lucka: All Saints Waccamaw property opinion
• Barbara Mann: 2012 Diocesan and TEC Conventions
• Scott Shaffer: St. Mark's Chapel, Port Royal

4. Q&A
5. Discussion
6. About the Forum: Lynn Pagliaro
7. Closing Prayer: The Rev. Jack Nietert
8. Blessing: Bishop Lawrence



SC Episcopalians - Episcopal Forum's Spring Meeting Highlights
Steve Skardon, editor of SC Episcopalians recounted his journey as an Episcopalian in SC. Steve explained that he started SC Episcopalians to provide a complete and more balance presentation of events in the Diocese of SC and in TEC. Visit the website (link below) for current events and an archive of past events.

HERE IS THE REPORT BY THE SC EPISCOPALIANS BLOG:

Episcopal Forum's Spring Meeting Highlights Objections to Diocesan Actions Against the Episcopal Church:

Speakers challenged the Diocese interpretation of recent changes to the Diocesan Constitution and the issuance of quitclaim deeds

CHARLESTON -- Has the Diocese of South Carolina left the Episcopal Church even though its leaders continue to insist that it hasn’t?

Traditional Episcopalians in the Diocese explored the meaning of this and other critical issues facing them and their parishes in a public conversation in Charleston Sunday afternoon, sponsored by the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina.

Bishop Mark Lawrence was among 100 members and guests of the Forum who were provided a number of perspectives on recent actions of the Diocese, particularly those related to revisions of the Diocesan Constitution and a wholesale giveaway of the Diocese's property interests in its parishes over the past two years.

Led by a panel of seven speakers (including the author of this blog), participants were assured that the national Church leadership is very much aware of the actions of the Diocese and its controversial bishop, but does not yet appear to have decided on a response.

While a disciplinary board of bishops last year failed to find that Lawrence had "abandoned communion" with the Church, the Church's leaders have yet to respond to the most serious issues presented by the Diocese's eliminating “accession” to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, or the Bishop’s issuance of quitclaim deeds to each of his parishes, effectively relinquishing any interest the Diocese might have it their properties.

EFSC President Melinda Lucka offered a lengthy review of the history of the Diocese’s rebellion against the Episcopal Church, and her professional legal opinion that the Diocese has acted illegally by relying on a 2009 state Supreme Court decision awarding a breakaway parish in Pawleys Island ownership of its property based on the issuance of a quitclaim deed in 1902.

Lawrence listened carefully sitting on the back row and did not respond to any of the speakers until the very end of the program, when he took issue with what he felt was the strident tone of comments of a final speaker. Speaking for less than a minute, Lawrence offered the Forum members an opportunity to engage with him in a more structured dialogue around these issues. He also offered a benediction.


Link to: SC Episcopalians

TIME LINE OF EVENTS LEADING TO DISASSOCIATION FROM TEC
A timeline of events from 2003 TEC General Convention through to March 2012 has been compiled. Melinda Lucka presented this timeline to the Forum. She explained the significance of the various events in the time line. See below for a link to the PDF of this time line.

Link to Timeline

PRESERVING UNITY WITH DIVERSITY IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN 2012
EFSC Statement on support for TEC presented at 4/15/12 Forum:

The mission of the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina is “to preserve unity with diversity in the Diocese of SC and within The Episcopal Church through the inclusion of a broad range of Scriptural understandings and by upholding the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and the democratic actions of its Conventions and elected leaders.”

The Episcopal Forum celebrates 225 years of the life and ministry of our Church in South Carolina. We embrace the Anglican tradition from which the Episcopal Church was first fashioned and continues today. Since it’s founding, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has steadfastly proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ with vigor and enthusiasm, as we are commissioned to do by our Lord and Savior.

The Episcopal Forum eagerly embraces God's continuing and transforming work among Episcopalians of all theological perspectives and traditions in South Carolina; however, we deeply regret the steps taken by the leaders of the Diocese of South Carolina and a number of its parishes to separate themselves from The Episcopal Church.

"We in the Episcopal Forum, consistent with our mission of encouraging unity within The Episcopal Church, pray that those who have participated in these divisive and hurtful actions will someday choose to return to full unity with all Episcopalians. We support and encourage all efforts on the part of the Diocese of South Carolina to engage in full participation in The Episcopal Church.

Meanwhile, we cannot condone the actions of those who would attempt to appropriate the financial resources and properties of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina. The EFSC Board of Directors is concerned about all actions taken by Bishop Mark Lawrence, the leadership of the Diocese of SC and certain parishes to disassociate from The Episcopal Church.

Individual Episcopalians in the Diocese have expressed their concerns about these separatist actions to EFSC. These individuals have and will continue to be referred to the appropriate contact for such concerns at TEC.

EFSC will act as its Mission states, “to preserve unity with diversity in the Diocese of SC and within The Episcopal Church”

We have discussed in today’s Forum various ways in which the unity between Episcopalians in the Diocese of SC and The Episcopal Church has been diminished by the separatist actions of the Diocesan leadership and conventions.

EFSC will support Episcopalians acting to preserve and restore unity through the processes provided for in the Canons of The Episcopal Church.


Link to Statement PDF

JOIN THE EPISCOPAL FORUM OF SC!
Members by joining indicate their support for the mission of the Forum and dedication to the Diocese of South Carolina remaining in full support and in union with The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

In addition to being on the mailing list they are included in a list of EFSC Members on this website although a member may opt to not be listed when he or she signs up.

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