S.C. Episcopalians say split goes beyond gay debate

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (RNS) The Diocese of South Carolina has seceded from the national Episcopal Church, but little else is clear. Will all the congregations go along with the split? What about individual worshipers? And what do they call themselves now? By Amanda Greene

  • Tom Downs

    Boyd said. “But more than anything else, I think people are looking around the pews at the people around them and realizing that this is the church, no matter what we call ourselves.”
    In church, as in politics, everything is local. If that’s true, then why are they so hell-bent to leave the Episcopal Church? Few congregations have any meaningful contact with the wider church outside of their own diocese anyway. If the wider church says or does something they don’t like, they don’t have to agree. No one can make them elect a gay rector or a transgender senior warden. The Episcopal Church really does fit the “big tent” analogy. So why are they doing this? This is just plain hubris.

  • soulsearching

    They may not be “forced” to elect someone gay or transgendered, but it sounds like froom the article’s description of ECUSA law, they can be punished for not doing so.

  • Tom Downs

    Dear Soul,
    Actually, no they can’t. The canons won’t allow it. In the Episcopal Church you don’t get punished for what you don’t do. Boyd’s parish would be just fine as it was. The bishop’s problem was that he was trying to give away the family silver; it wasn’t his to give away. The canons don’t allow that. It’s not what he didn’t do, but what he did do that got him in trouble. Now Boyd’s and the many other parishes like his in that diocese can look forward to years of acromony, legal wrangling and expense. It’s the cost of hubris. If this diocese follows the pattern of the other four who’ve taken this road, in the end they will find they bet on the wrong horse and lost everything.

  • Raven

    Soul: the key phrases: “What makes these charges different are the disputes over who owns the church properties…. Lawrence had begun issuing quitclaim deeds to churches in his diocese in order to release the diocese and denomination’s legal claims on the properties.”

  • Obediah Congar

    It is so amazing to me that any church would destroy a whole culture over something like gay sex. Why hasn’t the Arch bishop of Cantaberry stepped in and cast out this ridiculousness. It seems to me that the true hubris is with the sodomites who are destroying this church and abandoning countless souls in order to have a gay transgendered Bishop.