Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Departing SC Episcopal Diocese OK With Congregations Staying, Says Official

From Christian Post- (Just a little Orwellian)

An official with a diocese that recently voted to leave The Episcopal Church has explained that congregations opposed to the decision are free to remain with the mainline protestant denomination.
The Rev. Jim Lewis, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of South Carolina, told The Christian Post that "Continuing Episcopalians" are free to "re-associate" with the denomination.

"Churches wishing to leave the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and re-associate with the Episcopal Church are free to do so, in accordance with their own bylaws and articles of incorporation," said Lewis.

"Just as the majority of the parishes and missions are likewise free to remain with the Diocese and retain all their customary rights and privileges in its membership."
Lewis explained that from the onset the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, bishop of the Diocese, had explained that this exemption existed for continuing congregations.



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