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The State, The SC Supreme Court is destroying our church based on a massive misunderstanding, Bishop FitzSimons Allison, 10/23/17

Libertarian Christian Podcast, Ecclesiastic Secession and Property Rights in the Episcopal Church (with Jim Lewis), 10/17/17

Post & Courier, An Episcopalian judge helped decide an Episcopalian dispute at SC Supreme Court: Was that wrong?, Andrew Knapp, 10/14/17

Business Wire, Diocese of South Carolina Rebuts Amici Brief Defending Justice Hearn, N/A, 10/13/2017

Church Times, Letter: Further Comment on the South Carolina Dispute, Canon Kendall Harmon, 10/13/2017

The Post & Courier, Letter: Church Issues, Catherine Jones, 10/12/2017

FITS News, SC Episcopal Schism: Attorneys Seek To Vacate Supreme Court Ruling FITS News, 10/10/2017

Anglican TV, Anglican Unscripted #332 – Law & Order CSI in SC, Kevin Kallsen, 10/10/2017

The World & Everything in it, Religious liberty guidance, and the battle over South Carolina’s Episcopal churches, Kristen Eicher, 10/10/2017

Anglican Curmudgeon, Judges Who Are Indifferent to Injustice,, Allan Haley, 10/08/2017

Church Times, Opponents in South Carolina dispute hope for unity – once their legal battle is over,, Hattie Williams, 10/06/2017

The Post & Courier, Letter: Church Loyalty, Laura Hipp, 10/06/2017

Carolina Compass, Justice for All?, Jim Lewis, 10/04/2017

Charleston Mercury, Letter: S.C. Supreme Court’s integrity in question, Myron Harrington, 10/04/2017

Anglican TV, Interview with The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, Kevin Kallsen, 10/02/2017

The Post & Courier, Getting up to speed with the Episcopal-Anglican legal battle, Adam Parker, 9/30/2017

The Post & Courier, Letter: Churches in battle, Patience Walker, 9/27/2017

Business Wire, Diocese of South Carolina Rebuts TEC Recusal and Rehearing Arguments, N/A, 9/25/2017

Live 5 News, VIDEO: Diocese of South Carolina Fights Episcopal Church, Brad Streicher, 9/24/2017

Business Wire, Episcopal Church Responds to the Diocese of South Carolina’s Motions for Recusal and Rehearing, N/A, 9/19/2017

The Daily Caller, South Carolina Diocese Fights Back Again Episcopal Church,, Joshua Gill, 09/16/2017

The Post & Courier, Commentary: Court ruling imperils freedom to worship, sanctions confiscation, Rev. Jeffrey Miller, 9/16/2017

The State, Guest Columnist: How SC court decision threatens religious freedomHow SC court decision threatens religious freedom, Erik Corcoran, 9/16/2017

The State, Letter: SC Supreme Court got it wrong on Episcopal Church disputeSC Supreme Court got it wrong on Episcopal Church dispute, Chuck Croft, 09/09/2017

The Post & Courier, Episcopal and Anglican groups agree to mediation, Adam Parker, 9/08/2017

The Post & Courier, Letter: Court decision,, Chuck Croft, 09/06/2017

The Post & Courier, Diocese wants South Carolina Supreme Court to rehear case,, Adam Parker, 9/01/2017

Business Wire, Diocese of South Carolina and 29 Parish Churches File Motion for Rehearing in State Supreme Court, NA, 9/01/2017

Diocesan Spokesman: ‘TEC has never, in 90 plus cases, agreed to a settlement. They’re not doing so now.’

 

CHARLESTON, SC, JUNE 15, 2015 – The parishes of the Diocese of South Carolina in the lawsuit against the Episcopal Church have unanimously rejected what the Episcopal Church called a“settlement offer” that would have required them to voluntarily give up the historical identity and property that a South Carolina Circuit Court judge has ruled is owned by the Diocese.

The offer was made by a local attorney who represents the 20 percent of members who remained with TEC when most of the Diocese disaffiliated in 2012. It promised that TEC would end its multimillion dollar legal campaign to seize local church properties if the parishes agree to hand over the Diocese’s identity, its other assets including the Diocese’s offices on Coming Street in Charleston and the St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, which is prime real estate that could be sold off by the cash-strapped denomination.  

“This is not a legitimate offer of good faith negotiation and never was intended to be,” said the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, Assistant to Bishop Mark Lawrence.  “It was a spurious offer chiefly made to disrupt submission of our brief and make them look good in the press.” Lewis said.  “As a matter of fact, the Presiding Bishop's chancellor is on record as saying they would never settle. In that, they have been utterly consistent up until now.”

“Judge Diane Goodstein ruled that TEC has ‘no legal, equitable or beneficial interest’ in these properties.  TEC appealed the matter and a hearing is scheduled before the South Carolina Supreme Court in September.  If TEC were confident of its case, they would be eager for justice to be served and would not attempt to derail the next step in the legal process . Their so-called proposal has been unanimously rejected by all parties.”

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