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Pastoral Letter from Bishop Lawrence

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A Message from Bishop Lawrence at the Close of the Trial
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Monday, 28 July 2014 10:50
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Bishop Mark LawrenceJuly 27, 2014
St. George, Utah

Dear Friends in Christ,

“… suffering produces endurance and endurance produces hope and hope does not disappoint us for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit….” Romans 5:3-4

Having spent much of the last three weeks at the Dorchester Courthouse in St. George, South Carolina it is rather serendipitous to be sending this from a Starbucks in St. George, Utah (a gateway to Zion National Park).  Allison and I will be traveling during the next few weeks in Utah, Nevada and California on vacation.  She’ll have some much needed time for relaxation and fun and I’ll be climbing the mountains and hiking the trails.  Nevertheless, I want to send you this report on the last three weeks.

Firstly, I’m glad to say our legal team led by Mr. Alan Runyan and Ms. Henrietta Golding, supported by a stellar cast of attorneys from the various congregations across the diocese, presented a strong case and did so in a professional, forthright, and convincing manner.  The teamwork was marvelous to observe and was only exceeded by what seemed to be the outstretched arm and the mighty hand of God moving again and again in a most timely manner.  I was proud to have them representing us from the Diocese of South Carolina. Frankly, having sat through all fourteen days I have to say it was a trial of tediously presented evidence by TEC fortunately punctuated during cross-examination by our attorneys with moments of sheer drama and stunning admissions. 
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Day 14: Trial Ends with Testimony of Bishop Lawrence
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Friday, 25 July 2014 18:19
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TRIAL ENDS WITH TESTIMONY OF DIOCESE OF 
SOUTH CAROLINA BISHOP LAWRENCE

Bishop Says He Tried to Keep Diocese in TEC – But Denomination Tried to Strip His Authority


Bishop Lawrence on wtiness standST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 25, 2014 – On the 14th and final day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina testified that, contrary to TEC’s allegations, he had tried to keep the diocese within the denomination.

The Right Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th bishop of the Diocese of SC, whom TEC supporters have accused of plotting to lead the Diocese out of the denomination, was the only witness called during the final day of the trial.  Diocesan attorneys asked him several questions about TEC’s authority and the process followed to punish him.
Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 18:26 )
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Day 13: Celebrated Expert in Religious History Testifies TEC Holds No Control Over Dioceses
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:14
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CELEBRATED EXPERT IN RELIGIOUS HISTORY TESTIFIES TEC HOLDS NO CONTROL OR SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER DIOCESES

Rebuttal Witness testifies that the words “Protestant Episcopal Church” preceded the existence of TEC in both England and the United States.


Day 13 of trial

ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 24, 2014 – On the 13th day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, a director of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church testified that the denomination has no supreme control over its dioceses or parishes, countering TEC claims to the contrary.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, who is also a professor of history at Gettysburg College, an expert on the history of religious organizations including TEC and the author of 16 books, said that TEC’s authority is “prescriptive,” which means the denomination can advise its dioceses but cannot order them to do anything.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:43 )
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Day 12: Celebrated Expert in Religious History Testifies TEC Holds No Control Over Dioceses
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:14
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CELEBRATED EXPERT IN RELIGIOUS HISTORY TESTIFIES TEC HOLDS NO CONTROL OR SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER DIOCESES

Rebuttal Witness testifies that the words “Protestant Episcopal Church” preceded the existence of TEC in both England and the United States.


ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 24, 2014 – On the 13th day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, a director of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church testified that the denomination has no supreme control over its dioceses or parishes, countering TEC claims to the contrary.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, who is also a professor of history at Gettysburg College, an expert on the history of religious organizations including TEC and the author of 16 books, said that TEC’s authority is “prescriptive,” which means the denomination can advise its dioceses but cannot order them to do anything.
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Day 12: TEC Uses Bishop vonRosenberg to Claim Dioceses Can't Leave
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:13
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Court Day 12DAY 12: DIOCESE OF SC v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

TEC USES BISHOP vonROSENBERG TO AGAIN CLAIM  “DIOCESES CAN’T LEAVE”

Judge Says, “I Won’t Try that Case. It’s Neutral Principles”


ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 23, 2014 – On the 12th day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, TEC attorney David Beers attempted to introduce the concept of church hierarchy once again into the trial, ignoring Judge Diane S. Goodstein’s repeated rulings that church hierarchy plays no role in this case.

Beers asked the first provisional bishop of TECSC, Charles vonRosenberg, to tell the court why the Bishop of San Joaquin, Ca., the Rt. Rev. John David Schofield had been removed as bishop of that diocese.

Judge Goodstein said, “It’s not relevant. For this reason: I don’t know what [that] state’s position is regarding the analysis of church disputes. I don’t really care. What I care about is the state of South Carolina. My Supreme Court tells me what I do when I analyze church disputes.’
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:59 )
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