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Bishop Lawrence’s provincial colleagues ask for a meeting

Bishop Lawrence’s provincial colleagues ask for a meeting

Mary Frances Schjonberg has the story (at Episcopal News Services new site) of a request from the bishops of Province IV to their colleague Mark Lawrence.

The bishops of the Episcopal Church’s Province IV have asked their colleague, Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence, to meet with them “to have a clarifying conversation” about his decision to issue property deeds to each diocesan congregation.

Diocese of East Carolina Bishop Clifton Daniels, provincial vice president, requested the meeting with Lawrence. He said in a letter to him that that bishops had “determined that it is our duty as bishops of this province to address these concerns in direct communication with you, as Jesus exhorts his followers in Matthew’s Gospel (18:15-20), and in accord with our ordination vows regarding the unity and governance of the church.”

He noted that “we have had no direct communication from you regarding these reported actions.”


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John D

As I live in the southeast, this discussion is important to me. In spite of our political extreme red-ness in the old Dixie, Episcopal dioceses of the Deep South have chosen a much more moderate polity. Some (Atlanta, Western Carolina) are damned near “liberal”.Others are, at least,not confrontational( Alabama, West Tennessee). South Carolina has become a deeply troubled place, largely because of the reactionary prince who rules it. I’m glad neighboring bishops have reached out to +Mark Lawrence, and I pray they can help convert his heart to stop the damage he is visiting on a fragile people.We all share the table, even if we disagree on the small things.

John Donnelly

Ronald Caldwell

This letter comes a little late, but better late than never. Lawrence’s fellow bishops of the region are on his side. They want to give him plenty of latitude as they do not want him to bolt from the church. At the same time they know there is a limit to what the disciplinary committee will tolerate, although we do not know what that limit is yet. The bishops are trying to make peace. Lawrence should do likewise.

A word in defense of The Living Church. It has been in the forefront of presenting the news on the Lawrence affair and we should all be grateful. It does favor Lawrence, but also graciously welcomes and posts opposing views (as mine) whereas the “orthodox” blogs as Harmon and Virtue censor out comments they do not like. My wild guess is that Daniel leaked this letter to TLC. The Lawrence side tries to hide the fact that people are working behind the scenes to deal with Lawrence as this goes counter to their cherished claim that TEC is out to get the bishop of SC.


The machinery of TEC is so archaic. Why go ahead and clear the good bishop on the abandonment charges, knowing full well that he had just given out the deeds?


Okay. My point is that prayer is needed. I’m sorry it was lost in semantics.

Jim Naughton

Perhaps it is my line of work, but I find the phrase needlessly disrespectful to someone whose opinions are well known, and seems to me to be his own man.

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