Sunday, July 18, 2010

Columbia Church Services Go On Without Reverend

From Columbia SC-

Church services went on today as scheduled at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia without their leader the Very Reverend Dr. Phillip Linder.

The historic cathedral is across from the State House and several South Carolina Governors are buried there.

Our calls to the Bishop were not returned but he did post this message on the church's website.

Dear People of Trinity Cathedral,

I know that today you find yourselves in a state of shock over the suspension from ministry this week of your Dean, Philip Linder. I, too, am deeply saddened and acutely aware of the pain many of you feel in response to this news.

Those of you who are puzzled or angered by my decision to suspend the Dean are asking many questions, some of which can only be answered with replies we are unable to give you for privacy reasons. What must firmly be said, however, is that your wardens and chancellor came to me with a call for a special vestry meeting, signed by themselves and 16 vestry members, to consider the dissolution of the pastoral relationship between the Cathedral and Philip Linder. That the level of support was so high indicated to me that there was an acutely strained relationship between the Dean and his lay leadership.

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