Breakaway South Carolina diocese considering new affiliation

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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