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SC Deputation Releases Statement Following Passage of General Convention Resolution A049 PDF Print E-mail
S.C. Deputation Statement
July 10, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that Bishop Mark Lawrence and the South Carolina deputation to General Convention must report the final passage and adoption of Resolution A049, the Resolution to Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships. The Bishop and our deputation, in both speaking and voting against its passage, remain united and unanimous in our support of the historic understanding of “the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this Church has received them.” In the debate prior to the vote being taken, we spoke in favor of the minority report authored and presented by the Very Rev. David Thurlow. The Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina, in its statement of June 15 has articulated the clear position of our diocese on marriage. The South Carolina deputation wholeheartedly endorses that position.  We grieve that General Convention has further departed from these values and adopted a resolution to permit pastoral license to violate the existing canons on marriage. We believe this decision will seriously wound the Church and ask you to join us in prayer for God’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence
The Very Rev. John Burwell
The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis
The Very Rev. David Thurlow
Reid Boylston
Lydia Evans
Lonnie Hamilton
Elizabeth (Boo) Pennewill
Looking for General Convention Updates? PDF Print E-mail
Keep Bishop Lawrence and the South Carolina deputation, Reid Boylston, Lydia Evans, Lonnie Hamilton, Elizabeth Pennewill, John Burwell, Jim Lewis, and David Thurlow in your prayers and follow their General Convention reports and updates here.
Standing Committee Releases Statement, July 3, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Statement from The Standing Committee
Of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina

July 3, 2012

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It was with great sadness that we heard of the decision of the Presiding Bishop’s office and Bishop Clayton Matthews to “initiate a disciplinary process” against nine faithful Bishops of the Church (including Bishop Salmon) for their “action in signing affidavits in opposition” to The Episcopal Church’s motions for Summary Judgment in the Dioceses of Quincy and Fort Worth.  These Bishops are facing disciplinary actions for simply expressing their faithfully held factual understanding and belief that The Episcopal Church is not the unitary hierarchical body claimed by its attorneys in litigation. That this action has been possible validates our concerns with the changes made to the Title IV disciplinary canons. That such an attempt is being made to silence the remaining conservative voices in the church is a troubling sign of what may lie ahead.  As the details of the charges and their nature are made clear in the days ahead, their seriousness and character will become evident. Until then, we as the Standing Committee wish to express first our unswerving support for Bp. Salmon and the eight other faithful bishops facing disciplinary action along with him. We similarly express our united contempt for such a predictably partisan use of the disciplinary canons and we pray that those responsible will have the good sense to promptly drop these proceedings. They can only bring further injury and dishonor to the Church we love.
Standing Committee Releases Statement Regarding General Convention PDF Print E-mail

Declaration of the Standing Committee

The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina

June 15, 2012

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1. As the Standing Committee of the sovereign Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, we view with dismay and great sadness what appears to be the inevitable outcome of the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, that is, the official approval of a rite for the blessing of same-gender unions. This is a defining moment in the life of the Episcopal Church, being the first formal adoption of doctrine, discipline and worship which are contrary to the unequivocal mandate of Holy Scripture, the historic Christian faith, Anglican doctrine, and the pronouncements of the four instruments of Anglican unity. Furthermore, the adoption of such a rite at General Convention contravenes the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and the Book of Common Prayer, and in so doing reveals the bankruptcy of our own polity and institutional integrity.
Renovated Cathedral Courtyard Dedicated in Honor of Bishop Allison PDF Print E-mail
When Bishop FitzSimons Allison announBishop and Mrs. Allison with Bishop Lawrenceced his retirement as the head of the Mere Anglicanism Conference, many discussions followed about how to best honor his commitment to both this international forum and his decades of work for the Diocese of South Carolina. Meetings and phone conversations between Bishop Mark Lawrence, Dean Peet Dickinson, and Dean William McKeachie resulted in the realization there was no real landmark in the Diocese named in honor of Bishop Allison.  +Fitz is an outdoorsman and a lover of conversation, debate, and friendship, and a place that could somehow combine these personality traits seemed the most desirable. The decision was made that renovating the courtyard within the Cathedral close and dedicating it to him would be an appropriate gesture.
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