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Bishop vonRosenberg hopes SC church will reunite

Bishop vonRosenberg hopes SC church will reunite

The provisional bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina has a difficult assignment in a diocese rent by schism. Above all, Bishop Charles vonRosenberg hopes for reconciliation, he stated in a recent interview. From the State:

“I’m trying to take the long view, and our goal is reconciliation,” he said. “We are open to the return of those folks who have left the Episcopal Church. That’s what I’m hoping and praying for. Is it going to happen quickly? No. But it’s important to have that in mind.”

The bishop added: “These aren’t enemies across the aisle. These are fellow Christians who have chosen to go a different way right now. We hope and pray that different way will not be long.”

The bishop is especially concerned for those who wish to remain Episcopalians though their parishes voted to leave the diocese. “We have had the Eucharist in a barbecue hut down in Edisto. That group has found another home in a chapel that isn’t being used by an African-American church,” vonRosenberg said. “Our group in Florence is an accumulation of remnant Episcopalians from I think eight or nine churches. Each situation is different in how they came to be and how they are gathering, but they all want to be Episcopalians.”

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“Unfortunately, hope is not enough to make it happen.”

No, but God is. Hence, we live in hope.

God bless TEC in SC.

JC Fisher

Ronald Caldwell

Don’t we all “hope” the two sides in SC will reunite? Unfortunately, hope is not enough to make it happen. Given the history of the church in SC in the last few years, reunion is not in the cards. The resolute secessionists worked for years to get SC out of TEC. They did so clinging to the properties and striking a preemptive lawsuit in court. They are not about to retreat, much less surrender in this self-perceived war. Meanwhile, Bp vonR should start proceedings to get the Episcopal Church properties back.

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