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    Bishop Adams Responds

South Carolina Bishop Skip Adams Responds
to the Demise of Breakaways' Lawsuit

Bishop Adams made the following statement today in response to Thursday's decision by the state Supreme Court not to rehear the appeal of ex-Bishop Lawrence's lawsuit against the Church and 7,000 loyal Episcopalians in SC: 

We give thanks for the clarity that the State Supreme Court’s decision provides and we are grateful for the thoughtful and difficult work the justices have undertaken in this case

From the time this lawsuit was filed against The Episcopal Church, the hope of reconciliation has been our guiding principle. We believe this is what the Lord Jesus would expect of us and it is consistent with the teachings of St. Paul who said in his second letter to the Church in Corinth, “All this is from God, who reconciled himself to us in Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” We renew our commitment to this hard work of reconciliation in the days to come.

We understand that the many people in the parishes affected by this ruling may be experiencing pain, fear and confusion. Let me say to all that The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is committed to finding a path that will allow the people of God to continue to live their lives as a part of the Anglican Communion in and through the Episcopal Church.

As a former Bishop of South Carolina, William Alexander Guerry said more than 100 years ago, “If we are to be truly catholic, as Christ himself is catholic, then we must have a Church broad enough to embrace within its communion every living human soul.

The Episcopal Church seeks to be an expression of faith in Christ that welcomes all to his expansive Table. Our prayer is that every person in every parish of the Diocese will join in working and praying together to bring healing to the Church, the Body of Christ, in this part of South Carolina.

The Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III
Bishop, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

See Response of Bishop Mark Lawrence

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