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July 11, 2012

South Carolina Deputation Walks Out of General Convention

Kendall Harmon has posted this statement:

Due to the actions of General Convention, the South Carolina Deputation has concluded that we cannot continue with business as usual. We all agree that we cannot and will not remain on the floor of the House and act as if all is normal. John Burwell and Lonnie Hamilton have agreed to remain at Convention to monitor further developments and by their presence demonstrate that our action is not to be construed as a departure from the Episcopal Church. Please pray for those of us who will be traveling early and for those who remain.

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Christians in Hell, that’s what I call living into a tension.

[1] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-11-2012 at 03:39 PM · [top]

Since what has happened at this GC are just further points along the continuum which began at least a decade ago, I’m curious why SC felt the need to walk out on this one.  Surely they would have been justified in doing so at the last 2-3 GCs?  I’m not being critical - I’m part of a “departed parish” myself, but I’m just wondering what was it about these recent actions that were the tipping point.

[2] Posted by Cindy T. in TX on 7-11-2012 at 03:54 PM · [top]

I’m not holding my breath waiting for the Mississippi delegation to walk out. How did South Carolina get such good leaders, and why are ours so rotten to the core?

[3] Posted by All-Is-True on 7-11-2012 at 04:02 PM · [top]

God bless the delegation from South Carolina with strength and courage!

[4] Posted by frhutch on 7-11-2012 at 04:07 PM · [top]

#2. I think people have individual “tipping points” but suffice to say we are not wanted anyway. Now if the liberals had shown true tolerance but noooo it is their way or the highway!

[5] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-11-2012 at 04:10 PM · [top]

Just so I’m not misunderstood, I would have done the same thing, and not articulated it nearly as well.  Yay, SC!

[6] Posted by Cindy T. in TX on 7-11-2012 at 04:14 PM · [top]

There have been other walkouts, including at GC03 after VGR received consents as Bishop.

[7] Posted by Karen B. on 7-11-2012 at 04:15 PM · [top]

I am in sympathy for the Diocese of South Carolina and for its deputation and its Bishop. i know many of them from previous conventions. As one of those who also felt compelled to leave the floor in 2003, I know what a struggle they are going through. I grieve with them for this church.
Fr Tom Hightower, Diocese of Fort Worth.

[8] Posted by Tom Hightower on 7-11-2012 at 04:27 PM · [top]

Given the vindictiveness of—Schori and company, this is an act of courage.  I will be praying for the Diocese of South Carolina.

[9] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 7-11-2012 at 04:29 PM · [top]

Got bless them and protect them, because they have just become targets for some really nasty un-church business!

[10] Posted by Goughdonna on 7-11-2012 at 04:31 PM · [top]

I sense rebellion in their action, and I’m quite sure there will be an equal and opposite reaction from Schori and Friends.  It might be premature of me to say that this could mean the deposing of Bishop Lawrence and the dissolution of their Standing Committee, and if this should prove to be the case, then we are in for some very interesting times vis-a-vis them and Schori.  The outcome, I think, is predictable.

[11] Posted by cennydd13 on 7-11-2012 at 05:07 PM · [top]

Seriously, cennydd13.  Can’t we just fast forward to the part where the Emperor reveals that the Death Star is fully operational?

[12] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-11-2012 at 05:14 PM · [top]

May our Lord bless and defend them.

[13] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-11-2012 at 05:15 PM · [top]

I understand that C029 passed, another illegal resolution, of course, which allows openly violating canons and PB rubrics regarding Holy Communion, as long as it is a local pastoral response.  But violating prayer book rubrics appears to be a hobby for these people.

So, even without gay blessings and transgendered clergy, this would be the time to walk out of GC, since on top of heresy, schism and apostasy, they have now voted for openly desecrating the Sacrament.

[14] Posted by tjmcmahon on 7-11-2012 at 05:58 PM · [top]

I will be really looking forward to John Burwell’s+ report tomorrow !!!! Praying for you, John+ !!!

[15] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-11-2012 at 06:10 PM · [top]

+John Burwell is a hero. Witness against the Beast.

[16] Posted by Andrewesman on 7-11-2012 at 07:00 PM · [top]

Shake the sand from your shoes DSC!

[17] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 7-11-2012 at 07:50 PM · [top]

So, even without gay blessings and transgendered clergy, this would be the time to walk out of GC, since on top of heresy, schism and apostasy, they have now voted for openly desecrating the Sacrament.

GC77 in a tight, ugly little nutshell. It’s as if they went into our churches and trashed them. No, it’s not “as if.” They did. Somewhere, at some imprecise moment during the last three or four general conventions, I think TEC died. The name is now being used primarily by a group of people who are making up their own religion with bits and bobs from all over.

[18] Posted by oscewicee on 7-11-2012 at 08:01 PM · [top]

#18 oscewicee we were thinking along similar lines tonight.  I tweeted:

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him… #gc77—> shoulda read #Bible before further wrecking #TEC

[19] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-11-2012 at 08:39 PM · [top]

True courage shown by admirable and praiseworthy souls. May God bless and protect them.

[20] Posted by Words Matter on 7-11-2012 at 08:40 PM · [top]

I regret the loss of even one Orthodox Anglican who has left TEC. To paraphrase the immortal words of Bishop Robert Terwillger, Suffragan of Dallas they should not have threatened to leave, they should have threatened to stay, every one of them.

[21] Posted by A Senior Priest on 7-11-2012 at 09:29 PM · [top]

I am heartened to see the courageous actions of the Dio SC delegation in walking out of GC.  This will make little difference to the result of any votes, but does serve public notice of their fundamental disagreement with certain decisions made there.  May the Lord bless and protect them.

[22] Posted by MichaelA on 7-11-2012 at 10:27 PM · [top]

May I respectfully urge everyone here to please make a point of praying for +Lawrence by name every day, as well as the diocese of SC Standing Committee?  And please keep on doing so indefinitely.  They are in a very perilous place and they represent all that is/was best in the Episcopal Church we all once cherished.

[23] Posted by evan miller on 7-12-2012 at 08:03 AM · [top]

What a sad,sad day. I am glad that John Burwell+ has continued to blog about this apostate mess called General Convention. 

#23 Evan, I agree but lets all remember to pray for all faithful clergy and laity in the Episcopal Church. We are all in a very perilous place these days.

[24] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-12-2012 at 08:43 AM · [top]

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