South Carolina secedes!

Curious that the only story about this comes from the Diocese of South Carolina’s website:

On Monday, October 15, 2012, Bishop Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina was notified by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, that on September 18, 2012 the Disciplinary Board for Bishops  had certified his abandonment of The Episcopal Church. This action by The Episcopal Church triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the Diocese, which simultaneously disaffiliated the Diocese from The Episcopal Church and called a Special Convention. That Convention will be held at St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

I wonder when the story will hit the Episcowebs.

3 thoughts on “South Carolina secedes!

  1. Jonathan, Thank you for paying attention to the news in our neck of the woods. This information will be the cause of a great deal of sorrow in this diocese. I must take issue with your headline, “South Carolina Secedes.” Our bishop has been inhibited. It’s very different from secession. Furthermore, while you may not mean for them to, the continued analogies between what is happening in the Diocese of South Carolina in the 21st Century and the Civil War are pejorative to say the least. This promises to be a painful time in our diocese. Please pray for us.

    • Sorry, I used that title because I judge it to be a fairly accurate, if pointed, depiction of the long series of events leading to this point. I lived and served in an adjacent diocese for ten years and have extensive experience with pervasive prejudice by laity and clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina against the Episcopal Church. I was told by more than one student who came to Furman from your diocese that their clergy warned them against attending Episcopal churches in Greenville. No doubt there is pain and sorrow among some clergy and laity, but from my perspective your leadership has sought this course for quite some time. I won’t comment now on whether I believe the actions of the Disciplinary Board and the PB are wise but I may have something to say about that soon.

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