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Second Day of Trial Includes Testimony from Treasurer PDF Print E-mail

Second Day of Trial Includes Testimony From Treasurer of Diocese of SC Board of Trustees

ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 9, 2014 The morning was a cross examination of Canon Jim Lewis. Lewis testified yesterday how more than 90 percent of the convention clergy and delegates voted to disassociate from the national church (TEC).

The Plaintiffs called Robert Kunes, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Diocese of South Carolina, to testify about the corporate governance of the Trustees.

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Trial to Protect Diocese of SC Assets Begins PDF Print E-mail
South Carolina Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein asks both sides to skip opening arguments so trial can focus on the underlying issues

ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 8, 2014 – After 18 months of delays, a long-awaited lawsuit to protect Diocese of South Carolina assets from seizure by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary went to trial in a South Carolina courtroom today.

Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who presides over the bench trial, asked attorneys for the Diocese, TEC and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) to sidestep opening arguments and dive into the fundamental issues of the case.
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A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Lawrence Regarding Upcoming Trial PDF Print E-mail
The Rt. Rev. Mark. J. LawrenceBishop Lawrence requested that the following letter be read aloud in congregations across the Diocese of South Carolina in Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace and Peace to you from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Corinthians 1:3

I write on the eve of the upcoming trial between the Diocese of South Carolina and The Episcopal Church scheduled, God-willing, to take place in St. George, SC from July 8—18, 2014 and under the jurisdiction of the Honorable Diane S. Goodstein.  Much work by our legal team under the leadership of Mr. Alan Runyan has already been done. The staff and members from many of our parishes, as well as the diocesan staff, have logged countless hours in the detail work of discovery. Much prayer has been invested by our clergy, vestries, intercessors, and the rank and file members of our congregations. For all of this I am profoundly grateful.
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Trial to Protect Diocese of SC Assets Begins Tuesday, July 8 PDF Print E-mail

South Carolina Circuit judge orders TEC to complete 34 depositions it had cancelled – and cited as a reason to delay the trial – on Monday


ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 3, 2014 – After 18 months of delays, a South Carolina court will on Tuesday begin considering the lawsuit to protect Diocese of South Carolina assets from seizure by The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC).

Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who will preside over the trial, said on Thursday that she will allow TEC to spend Monday taking 34 depositions it had previously cancelled. TEC and TECSC have cited the cancelled depositions in their efforts to delay the trial.  Arguments will commence on Tuesday.

Judge Goodstein’s decision ends the protracted effort by TEC and TECSC to delay trial.  Since May 21 alone, TEC has filed five motions for either continuance or to ask the courts to reconsider previous decisions. The three requests to delay the trial have all been rejected by the courts. 
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Archbishops Jensen and Kwashi Visiting Diocese PDF Print E-mail
Archbishop Peter Jensesn, Bishop Mark Lawrence and Archbishop Benjamin KwashiArchbishop Peter Jensen and Archbishop Benjamin and Gloria Kwashi are visiting the Diocese. Both Archbishops preached in Diocesan churches on Sunday, June 29. Bishop Kwashi preached at Christ St. Paul's, Yonges Island. Listen to his sermon, "Jesus Calls us to Discipleship." Bishop Jensen preached at St. Philip's, Charleston.  Listen to his sermon, "The Final Authority."

On June 30 at 10 a.m.  Archbishop Peter Jensen will have a gathering with the clergy at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston and at 7 p.m. Archbishop Benjamin and Gloria Kwashi will give a presentation at Christ St. Paul's Yonges Island.

Pictured left (from left) are Archbishop Peter Jensen, Bishop Mark Lawrence and Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi.


Archbishop Peter Jensen, well known for his work in biblical preaching and teaching, apologetics and evangelism, is the General Secretary of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, and the retired Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of the Province of New South Wales in the Anglican Church of Australia. He retired in 2013 upon turning 70.

Archbishop Ben and Gloria KwashiArchbishop Benjamin Kwashi is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Jos in the Church of Nigeria. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Jos, Plateau State, in Northern Nigeria. They have six grown children. They now also have over 30 orphans living with them at Bishopscourt.

Gloria Kwashi's new book, Gloria! The Archbishops Wife was recently published. The wife of an Anglican bishop could expect a life of peace and comfort. But Benjamin Kwashi is the bishop of Jos in Nigeria, a place that is torn by Muslim-Christian violence. Gloria Kwashi has had her home burnt down and has endured rape and beatings. One of the beatings left her blinded, until surgery was able to restore her sight. Despite this, she continues to reach out to widows and orphans and supports her husband in his remarkable ministry in Northern Nigeria. This book is a record of love and endurance that should stimulate us to examine our own lives and how we respond to adversity. It is available on Amazon.
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