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Federal Judge Dismisses Case Against Bishop Lawrence PDF Print E-mail

Federal Judge says South Carolina Circuit Court Will Decide Who Really Owns the Names, Property of The Diocese of South Carolina

Lawsuit Claiming Bishop Lawrence Violated Federal Trademark Laws is Dismissed

CHARLESTON, SC, August 23, 2013 – U.S. District Court Judge Weston C. Houck today dismissed a federal trademark lawsuit filed by Episcopal Church Bishop Charles vonRosenberg against Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina Mark Lawrence.

The decision acknowledges the authority of the Circuit Court of South Carolina to decide the rightful owner of the names, symbols and property of the Diocese of South Carolina.

“The sum of all disputes and conflicts arising in the wake of the Diocese’s estrangement from [the Episcopal Church] are more appropriately before, and will more comprehensively be resolved, in South Carolina state court,” stated Judge Houck in the order dismissing Bishop vonRosenberg’s lawsuit and denying his motion for an injunction to prohibit Bishop Lawrence from acting as bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina.
Judge Houck Hears Arguments in Motion to Dismiss PDF Print E-mail
On August 8, U.S. District Court Judge Weston C. Houck heard arguments on Bishop Lawrence’s motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by Bishop Charles vonRosenberg.  

In his complaint, Bishop vonRosenberg asked that Bishop Lawrence pay damages and be prevented from claiming to be the bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, alleging that Bishop Lawrence had violated federal trademark laws.  Meanwhile, Bishop Lawrence asked that Judge Houck either dismiss the federal lawsuit, or stay it until pending state court litigation is resolved.  Judge Houck did not hear arguments on Bishop vonRosenberg’s motion for an injunction against Bishop Lawrence.
Egypt is on the Edge of...? PDF Print E-mail
The following letter was received from the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hannas Anis, Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa

View the document here.
June 27, 2013

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

The situation in Egypt is very serious. I do not know where this situation will take us. I feel that Egypt is at the verge of violent demonstrations, another revolution, or civil war. We do not know what is going to happen, but we know that we are at the edge of something drastic.

Supporters of the PresidentOne year ago Dr. Mohammed Mursi became the President of Egypt, following 11†months of turbulence in the socio-economic and political situation in Egypt. Many had hoped that Egypt would move forward for the better however things became worse and are now very difficult. Egyptians became divided between Islamists and non-Islamists. A constitution that was written and approved in haste was one of the main reasons for these divisions. Other reasons were the exclusion of moderates and non-Islamists from participation in the political life, and the appointment of Islamists as ministers in the Cabinet and other prominent posts.

These divisions led to instability, a lack of security, and many demonstrations which in turn badly affected the economy and tourism. People started to complain from the rise of food prices, the frequent power cuts, the sectarian clashes, and lately the lack of fuel. Two weeks ago there were demonstrations in several governorates in objection to the appointment of new governors who are known Islamists. A new movement called, “tamarrod” or “Rebellion” was formed last April and they called for massive demonstrations against the President and the government on the 30th of June. They claim to have gathered the signatures of 15 million supporters.

One week ago the Islamists made big demonstrations in support of the President. They warned the supporters of “tamarrod” against demonstrating on the 30th of June. “Anyone who will sprinkle water at the President will be sprinkled with blood,” said one of the supporters of the President. This means that there will be bloodshed if people try to force the President to step down.

Some Islamists also threatened the Christians if they participated in the demonstrations. Others produced a fatwa saying that those who would demonstrate are “kafiroon” or “godless” and deserve to be fought against. The Grand Imam of Al Azhar stated that, “anyone can demonstrate to express his or her views and this has nothing to do with faith.” His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, of the Coptic Orthodox Church said, “everyone is free to express his or her views.”

demonstrations on June 26Yesterday, in an attempt to calm the situation, the President delivered a 2.5 hour speech. Unfortunately, the speech stirred the people even more. Demonstrations started yesterday at Tahrir Square and in the Province of Mansoura where dozens were injured and two people were killed. Now the military tanks have started to move in to protect the important sites.

What is going to happen on the 30th of June? We do not know! All what we know is that when emotions run high, anything can happen. However, we trust that God is in control and we are in His hands. Two days ago during his visit to Egypt, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, encouraged us by using St. Paul’s words, while in the middle of a storm, “But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost” (Acts 27:22a).

I am writing this to request your prayers for Egypt and for the people of Egypt.

May the Lord bless you!

+ Mouneer Egypt

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt
with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
President Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican
Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East
Demonstrations on 26 June in Tahrir Square
Three Day Celebration to Honor 75th Anniversary of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center PDF Print E-mail
Time capsule gathering during 75th Anniversary celebrationThe Diocese of South Carolina celebrated the 75th Anniversary of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island, June 22-24 with a variety of activities including a 5K run/walk, an alumni staff sailing regatta, the unearthing of a time-capsule, a building dedication and a gala fashioned as a 1938 Lawn Party featuring an outdoor dinner for well over 300 who bid on art, travel and other items during a silent and live auction.

View photos album here.

The three-day celebration kicked off  on Saturday with the Barrier Island 5K Run/Hike with more than 150 runners and hikers traveling through the forest.  It ended with a ½ mile stretch on the beach.  Chad Bateson, 15, a rising sophomore at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach came in first with a time of 19:53. “This was my first time doing a 5K,” said Chad. “It was a really interesting, cool trail.”
Diocesan Delegation Observers at ACNA's Provincial Council PDF Print E-mail
A Message from the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence:

June 21, 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

As many of you know I am at Nashotah House in Wisconsin at the Anglican Church in North America’s Provincial Council (which just concluded yesterday with a Festival Eucharist—an inspiring and joyful worship). This morning they will begin their House of Bishops Meeting. I am present as an observer. Joining me at the Provincial Council was The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson, Dean of the Cathedral, and Mrs. Suzanne Schwank, a member of our diocesan Standing Committee. They returned this morning to South Carolina and I will stay on for the House of Bishops Meeting and return on a late flight Friday in order to be at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center for its 75th anniversary this weekend.
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