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Breakaway Diocese of South Carolina to join ACNA

Breakaway Diocese of South Carolina to join ACNA

On Saturday, the Diocese of South Carolina voted unanimously to join the Anglican Church of North America. The diocese separated from the Episcopal Church in 2012. The vote was cast at the diocese’ 226th convention, held in Summerville, SC. The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, bishop of South Carolina said of the decision to affiliate with the ACNA, “I believe God has called us to this and I believe we will find a deeper richness in our vocation; fuller fellowship in the Spirit; a more zealous thrust in mission.  But most of all, I believe a door will be opened, the fresh winds of the Spirit will blow, and a caged eagle will soar.” The Diocesan statement is here.

The diocese is currently involved in two lawsuits with The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the group of churches in South Carolina that chose to remain with the Episcopal Church in 2012, over the use of the diocesan seal, name, and property. The Episcopal Cafe has been following these lawsuits closely, most recently reporting on them here.

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robert hunter

The former Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina continues its southern secessionist tradition as they leave the National Episcopal Church. I type them them The CCNA, The Caucasian Church of North America.

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Philip B. Spivey

Oooooh! The fact is out of the bag.

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Eric Bonetti

I love the logical fallacy in Lawrence's arguments. Let's see: We're Episcopal. It's just that we don't like Episcopal. And we broke our Episcopal ordination vows, yet somehow we should be rewarded by being allowed to cart off Episcopal assets. Meanwhile, we're free to ignore Episcopal canons. But we're Episcopal.

I am glad we are standing up to Lawrence's bullying, and that the discovery process has shown clearly that he had this planned long before his consecration.

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Carol Lynn Kent

I am deeply saddened to hear that yet another group of my brothers and sisters have chosen to ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit that calls for love, unity, and the desire that ALL may come and sit at the LORD'S TABLE and be welcomed... that there is NO exclusion. After all, didn't even the persistent woman tell Jesus that "even the dogs could eat the crumbs that fell from the masters table!"

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Philip B. Spivey

I'm glad to see them go. They have no regard for anyone but themselves and having to respond to their attacks, with generosity and patience, all these years has forced TEC to shed precious emotional and spiritual capital.

"And shall say, 'Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of way of my people.' " Isaiah 57:14 KJV

In this case, they removed themselves because TEC would not, ostensibly, bow to their rubric of human sexuality. TEC did not bow, bend or break to authoritarianism.

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Colin Scanes

Why publicize this appalling group of so-called Episcopalians? Have they have given up on love? Why are they embracing the hate of gays as do the the religious right?

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