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Hoping for reconciliation, church offers to settle South Carolina lawsuit

By on June 20, 2021

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[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] Episcopalians who are seeking to end the bitter legal battle over church property in eastern South Carolina have presented a settlement agreement to a breakaway group, offering to let 35 parishes keep their church properties, whether or not they choose to remain part of The Episcopal Church.In exchange, the proposal would require the breakaway group to return the diocesan property, assets and identity of “The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina” to the diocese that is still affiliated with The Episcopal Church.“From the beginning of this dispute, we have hoped for reconciliation with people in the churches affected by this sad division,” said the Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. “We see this offer as the strongest possible way we can demonstrate that.”(See below for a list of the 35 parishes included in the settlement proposal.)The offer was made with the consent of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and was presented to attorneys June 2. No response has been received.Leaders of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina have made reconciliation a key goal since the beginning of this dispute. Discussions about releasing the parish properties have been going on since early 2013, a few months after the split occurred.“In a situation like this, where there has been so much grief and misunderstanding caused by the actions of a few, we pray that a gracious response to those who are now separated from us will hasten the day when we can be together as one unified diocese again,” vonRosenberg said.If accepted, the offer would end the legal dispute that began in January 2013 when the breakaway group sued The Episcopal Church, and later its local diocese, seeking to control both diocesan and parish property and the identity of the diocese. It also would resolve a federal lawsuit currently before the U.S. District Court in Charleston.The Episcopal Church in South Carolina reorganized the diocese in early 2013 and operates with a part-time staff and a sharply reduced budget funded primarily by contributions from the 30 remaining Episcopal congregations. Meanwhile, the diocesan assets have been in the control of the breakaway group led by Mark Lawrence, who was bishop in 2012 when he announced the diocese was leaving The Episcopal Church.The breakaway organization is now operating separate from any larger religious body. The Episcopal Church in South Carolina remains part of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.In February, a state court judge awarded the properties and identity of the diocese to the breakaway group. Episcopalians have appealed to the South Carolina Supreme Court; oral arguments are set for September 23.In preparing the settlement offer, diocesan leaders worked closely with Episcopalians who had been members of breakaway parishes and were left without church buildings in which to worship when the split occurred. Most have moved ahead and created new Episcopal congregations, and gave their blessing for the settlement offer to be made.“Buildings are important, but what is most important is the people who are in them,” Bishop vonRosenberg said. “It is the people that we long to welcome back into The Episcopal Church once again.”Churches included in the settlement proposal(All these parishes are plaintiffs in the lawsuit against The Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina)All Saints, FlorenceChrist Church, Mount PleasantChrist the King, WaccamawChrist-St. Paul’s, Yonges IslandChurch of the Cross, BlufftonEpiphany, EutawvilleGood Shepherd, CharlestonHoly Comforter, SumterHoly Cross, StateburgHoly Trinity, CharlestonOld St. Andrew’s, CharlestonChurch of Our Saviour, John’s IslandPrince George Winyah, GeorgetownRedeemer, OrangeburgResurrection, SurfsideSt. Bartholomew’s, HartsvilleSt. David’s, CherawSt. Helena’s, BeaufortSt. James, James IslandSt. John’s, FlorenceSt. John’s, John’s IslandSt. Jude’s, WalterboroSt. Luke’s, Hilton HeadSt. Luke and St. Paul, CharlestonSt. Matthew’s, DarlingtonSt. Matthew’s, Fort MotteSt. Matthias, SummertonSt. Michael’s, CharlestonSt. Paul’s, BennettsvilleSt. Paul’s, ConwaySt. Paul’s, SummervilleSt. Philip’s, CharlestonTrinity, Edisto IslandTrinity, PinopolisTrinity, Myrtle Beach Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Paul Lustig says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Hoping for reconciliation, church offers to settle South Carolina lawsuitcenter_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Property, The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ Posted Jun 15, 2015 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Comments (1) Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MIlast_img read more

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