THE disaffiliated diocese of South Carolina has joined the
Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, and entered into a
formal ecclesiastical relationship known as "provisional primatial
oversight" with bishops in the Global South.
The move was unanimously accepted at the diocese's annual
convention earlier this month.
Bishop Mark Lawrence (above), who led the split from
the Episcopal Church in 2012 (
News, 19 October 2012), told delegates: "There's an African
proverb that wisely states 'If you want to go fast, go alone; if
you want to go far, go together.'
"This will give us gracious oversight from one of the largest
ecclesial entities within the Communion - one which includes
Anglicans from a diverse body of believers from South-East Asia,
the Middle East, Africa, South America, the Indian Ocean, and many,
The separation of Bishop Lawrence and the majority of the
parishes in 2012 left the diocese without a formal connection to
the see of Canterbury. Accepting oversight from the Global South
Primates allows the diocese to remain in communion with global
Anglicans outside the Episcopal Church.
The parishes in South Carolina which remain in the Episcopal
Church have gathered under the name The Episcopal Church in South
Carolina. Legal disputes over the rights to the diocesan name,
marks, and property are ongoing.