South Carolina not seceding from the Episcopal Church: Anglican Ink, July 11, 2012 July 11, 2012Posted by geoconger in 77th General Convention, Anglican Ink, South Carolina, The Episcopal Church.
Tags: Mark Lawrence
The Bishop of South Carolina is not leaving the Episcopal Church, but has withdrawn from the 77th General Convention meeting in Indianapolis out of pastoral concern and respect for the members of his diocesan deputation and over his personal disquiet over the church’s authorization of gay blessings.
On 11 July 2012 the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence said, “I am not leaving the Episcopal Church, but need to differentiate myself” from the actions taken this week by the General Convention, he told Anglican Ink.
At the start of the afternoon private session of the House of Bishops, the South Carolina church leader said he “spoke at some length” to his colleagues about “why his deputation left the floor” of General Convention.
On 11 July 2012, the South Carolina’s four clergy and four lay deputies released a statement saying that “due to the actions of General Convention” the deputation had concluded “that we cannot and will not remain on the floor of the House and act as if all is normal.”
At the start of the debate the previous afternoon on Resolution A049 “Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships”, the Very Rev. David Thurlow of South Carolina present a minority report from the traditionally minded members of the convention’s liturgy committee who objected to the authorization of gay blessings.
Read it all in Anglican Ink.