Serious questions raised regarding the Episcopal Presiding Bishop’s timeline and the unfolding events in South Carolina

Diocese of South Carolina Timeline:

  • 9/6 Bishop Schori, Bishop Lawrence, and Bishop Waldo agree to meet on Oct. 3rd in New York to discuss how to resolve tensions between Diocese of South Carolina and others in the Episcopal Church.
  • 9/18 The Disciplinary Board for Bishops certifies Bishop Lawrence’s abandonment of the church.
  • 9/18 The Disciplinary Board formally issues its certification by letter to the Presiding Bishop.
  • 9/10 The Disciplinary Board assembles accompanying documents.
  • 9/22 Bishop Lawrence, in preparation for the scheduled 10/3 meeting, communicates to the Diocese of South Carolina, requesting patience and prayers.
  • 10/3 Bishop Schori, Bishop Lawrence and Bishop Waldo meet to discuss creative solutions. Bishop Schori agrees that“creative solutions” are desirable to avoid total war. Bishop Schori focuses on how long Bishop Lawrence plans to remain Bishop of the Diocese, asking him if five years is a reasonable assumption. Next meeting is set for October 11 (later changed to 10/22 due to funeral).
  • 10/10 Bishop Schori formally receives the Disciplinary Board’s letter.
  • 10/15 Bishop Schori informs Bishop Lawrence of the certification of abandonment and restrictions on ministry.
  • 10/15 Abandonment Certification triggers two resolutions of the Diocese of South Carolina to disaffiliate from the Episcopal Church and to call a special convention.
  • 10/17 Bishop Lawrence publicly releases abandonment certification and documents.
  • 10/18 Local S.C. parish discloses well-organized plan to remove and replace Bishop Lawrence and the elected leadership of the Diocese of South Carolina.
  • 10/18 Another website discloses that the well-organized plan to remove and replace the elected leadership of the Diocese of South Carolina originates from the Presiding Bishop Schori.
  • Oct. 20 Bishop vonRosenberg, appointed by Bishop Schori to replace Bishop Lawrence, meets with diocesan members.
  • 10/22 Bishop Schori, Bishop Lawrence, and Bishop Waldo plan to meet again to discuss creative solutions. Meeting later cancelled by Bishop Lawrence after learning of Bishop Schori’s organized plan to take over the Diocese of South Carolina.
  • 11/3 Two South Carolina parishes aligned with Bishop Schori place ad in local newspaper under the official seal of the Diocese of South Carolina and claim they are the diocese.
  • 11/7 Email invitation sent to all the clergy under the official seal of the Diocese of South Carolina and pretending to represent the diocese requesting their attendance at a “Clergy Day” led by Bishop Schori’s appointed replacement of the Bishop of South Carolina and to hear a “report” from the “steering committee.” Location withdrawn after the rector of the host parish learns of the deception.
  • 11/7 Second public announcement released again under the official corporate seal of the Diocese of South Carolina listing names of a “steering committee” with at least one member appointed before 9/18.
  • 11/17 Diocese of South Carolina Special Convention.

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