Breakaway South Carolina diocese considering new affiliation

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The South Carolina Diocese at the center of extended property disputes with the Episcopal Diocese in South Carolina is considering moving on and joining up with the Anglican Church in North America.

The Café has followed the legal processes that have played out since the Rt Rev Mark Lawrence led his diocese out of the Episcopal Church in 2012. Now, the Christian Post reports that Lawrence has met with ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach, and that a convention vote is being prepared to allow the breakaway diocese to join ACNA.

“The Diocese of South Carolina has been in the process for some time of discerning what its permanent affiliation should be among the Provinces of the Anglican Communion,” the Rev. Jim Lewis, canon to the ordinary and an attendee of the meeting, told The Christian Post.

“We have reached a place where it seemed the next and most appropriate step was to meet with leaders of the ACNA to share our common interests and questions as this diocese continues the work of discernment.”

Lewis also told CP that while no date has been set for a convention vote on affiliation, the diocese stands on good terms with ACNA and other conservative Anglican groups.

“Our mutual respect and appreciation for each other is considerable, with many in the room having relationships that go back for years,” said Lewis.

Posted by Rosalind Hughes

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Eric Bonetti
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Eric Bonetti

And to build on James' argument: If Lawrence feels that TEC is such an ungodly place, I surely hope he will refuse a retirement pension from the CPG.

Nothing like supping with the devil, eh Lawrence?

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Eric Bonetti
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Eric Bonetti

Lawrence's utterly ludicrous assertions become more facially absurd by the moment. He is bishop of an Episcopal diocese that, by his own definition, has nothing to do with The Episcopal Church, and now actively seeks to affiliate with an entity that is not The Episcopal Church? But it gets to cart off Episcopal assets? One would think, given Lawrence's purported revulsion at the "heresy" of The Episcopal Church, he would wish to build his new organizations with untainted assets.

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Christopher Johnson
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Oh, please. You guys basically kicked the guy out and then claimed that he'd "abandoned communion."

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Stephen Waller
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Stephen Waller

The Bishop who ordained me in 1973 stated then, while being opposed to the ordination of women to Holy Orders, that he would never leave the Episcopal Church under any circumstances. His understanding that schism was not an answer and that he was a Bishop of the Episcopal Church seems to have prevented him such sad departures and worse ruptures in the Body of Christ. Thank God.

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James Von Dreele
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James Von Dreele

I have known Bp. Lawrence since the early 80's in Pittsburgh and I have not been surprised by his recent activities in SC. My question is simple and may reflect on the intriguing nature of his position: does he utilize the Church Pension Fund benefits and will he with integrity make this break? Just asking.

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Michael Hartney
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Michael Hartney

Regarding CPF.
Bishop Lawrence's years of service since his ordination as a Deacon, and highest average annual salary were 'frozen' on the day that he was declared to have left The Episcopal Church. He is entitled to his CPF pension and benefits that he earned up to that date. He may have left The Episcopal Church but his pension benefits never left him.

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Sarah Fox
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Sarah Fox

Alleluia! Go in Peace! Just GO! Alleluia!

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Sarah Fox
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Sarah Fox

Alleluia! Go in Peace! Alleluia!

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Roger Mortimer
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Roger Mortimer

ACNA is "among the Provinces of the Anglican Communion"?

[Nice typeface.]

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Gary Goldacker
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Gary Goldacker

But since ACNA isn't part of the Anglican Communion, as noted by the ABC, why would they want to? Sorry, there I go thinking rationally again.

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Philip Snyder
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Philip Snyder

The plethora of competing Anglican jurisdictions that break away from TEC is my primary evidence that the Continuing Anglican movement (including ACNA and its sub groups) is not being run by the Holy Spirit. While I believe TEC's ecclessiology is adoptionistic (e.g. the Church is purely human and only incidentally divine) and can be changed on a vote by orders, the "continuum's" ecclessiology is docetic in nature and sees the divine nature of the Church and doesn't recognize its human nature.

The quest for a "perfect" church will lead us to a church with a congregation of 1 - and we won't really like that person.

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David Murray
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David Murray

Wise words. I know we could find many things to disagree about, but yes; just my thoughts about the break-away Anglican movements. Thanks for expressing so plainly and completely the nature of the church.

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Dan Ennis
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Dan Ennis

I wonder how the "Bishop of the Carolinas" Steve Wood feels about this. His home church is in Mount Pleaseant, a scant ten miles from Mark Lawrence's HQ in Charleston. Co-Bishops? This is ACNA, so there's no way either of them will give up the purple shirt.

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Jesse Snider
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Jesse Snider

Was there ever any doubt?

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