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Leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina and Anglican Church in North America Meet at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center PDF Print E-mail


Leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina and the Anglican Church in North America, led by Bishop Mark Lawrence and Archbishop Foley Beach, came together at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, South Carolina on April 28-29, 2015 for prayer, fellowship, and conversation.

The Diocese of South Carolina was represented by Bishop Mark Lawrence, Mr. Wade Logan, Mr. Alan Runyan, The Rev. Craige Borrett, The Rev. Kendall Harmon, The Rev. Jeffrey Miller, Mrs. Boo Pennewill, and The Rev. Jim Lewis.

The Anglican Church in North America was represented by Archbishop Foley Beach, Bishop Ray Sutton, Bishop John Guernsey, Bishop Bill Atwood, Bishop Terrell Glenn, The Rev. Phil Ashey, The Rev. Jack Lumanog, Mr. Scott Ward, and Mr. Tad Brenner.

Our conversations reflected the mutual respect and sincere affection that we share as fellow Anglicans, and we appreciated the opportunity to speak candidly together about topics that affect our common life.

We had frank exchanges that examined the possible compatibility of the ecclesiologies of the Anglican Church in North America and the Diocese of South Carolina.

There is a wide spectrum of polities in the provinces of the Anglican Communion and these differences affect the ways in which dioceses relate to their respective provinces.  Provinces such as Nigeria are more hierarchical, while provinces such as South America are more conciliar. Our conversations began exploring the practical dimensions of how a diocese and province relate in the structure of the Anglican Church in North America.
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Motion for Rehearing Denied; Ruling Not Based on Merits of Case PDF Print E-mail
Today, April 29, 2015, the Federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond denied our motion for a rehearing of their decision to return to the District court the case of vonRosenberg vs. Lawrence, which asserted that this was a case of Federal trademark violations. 
The case will now go back to the Charleston court for further action.  Several things remain true about this action.  While the Fourth Circuit said that Judge Houck used the incorrect procedural standard to grant our Motion for Dismissal, it expressed no opinion on the merits of Bishop vonRosenberg’s claims.  It was certainly not a ruling in their favor on the merits.  It simply means that the court believes the standard used to make his decision to dismiss was the wrong one and should be reconsidered using the appropriate standard.  The question is one of procedure and not the merit of the complaint itself.  The judge could in fact reach the same conclusion, using the new standard.  To that point, the standard called for by the court, exceptional circumstances, is arguably well met by the facts that we now have both a strong trial court ruling in our favor, as well as a date certain for the case to be heard by the South Carolina Supreme Court.  All the issues at stake in the Federal complaint will be essentially resolved by that decision. 

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GAFCON Primates Communique PDF Print E-mail
The GAFCON Primates Council of the Anglican Communion recently met in London for prayer, fellowship and to help chart the future of global Anglicanism.  As active supporters of GAFCON and their work of reforming Anglicanism, we share with you their communiqué.


 
Legal Update: SC Supreme Court to Hear Appeal PDF Print E-mail
April 16, 2015 - Today is certainly an occasion for prayerful thanksgiving to God.  Late yesterday, we were informed that the South Carolina Supreme Court has accepted for review the appeal of Judge Diane Goodstein's final Feb. 3 ruling in our favor.  More significantly, the Court has said, "Oral argument in this matter will be held on September 23, 2015.  No extensions of time will be granted." It is of interest to note that this happens to be the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, in the Jewish calendar (Lev. 16:1-34).

While our motion to expedite the appeal was formally denied, we could not have received a more favorable outcome.  A few words about what this means.
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State Supreme Court to Hear Appeal PDF Print E-mail
Today, April 15, 2015, the South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to take the appeal of Judge Goodstein's February 3rd ruling in favor of the Diocese of South Carolina and its parishes. We are grateful that the South Carolina Supreme Court acted so promptly to take jurisdiction of this case, just as it did when requested during the attempted procedural delays prior to the trial.  The more quickly the case is resolved, the more beneficial it will be for all parties, allowing us to get about the work of ministry without the incessant distraction of courtroom proceedings.
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