[Magdalen] Prayers for The Episcopal Church in SC

Judy Fleener fleenerj at gmail.com
Tue Nov 7 03:50:20 UTC 2017

My prayers are with you and all the South Carolina Episcopalians.

On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 11:41 AM, Ginga Wilder <gingawilder at gmail.com> wrote:

> My dear friends, there is so much to pray for today, especially the people
> of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, not to mention the
> culture of violence that is growing in the US.  I am praying that God's
> light will shine into the evil darkness, lighting the pathway out of this
> place.
> My request may seem too small in comparison, except that the church is one
> of the vessels of that light of God in the world.  So, I bid your prayers
> for The Episcopal Church in SC and also for those who follow Mark
> Lawrence.  The two parties have begun three days of mediation in the
> federal court with retired Judge Joseph Anderson.
> You may know that the SC Supreme court overturned the circuit court
> decision in a 3-2 decision issued in August '17, giving Episcopal real and
> intellectual property to TEC and TECSC.  A federal case to determine who is
> the 'real bishop' of the Diocese of SC is set to be heard in March 2018.
> Even so, both parties have agreed to mediate disposition of the issues in
> the two faith communities.  Judge Anderson directed the parties not to say
> anything publicly in support of their position until after mediation is
> finished.  The Lawrence church has not followed that directive, rather
> employing a Washington DC PR firm to argue their case in public.  Just
> yesterday, the local paper endorsed the Lawrence church's right to the
> property.  TECSC has followed the judge's directive.
> My prayer is that justice will be served in this case and that the court of
> public opinion will be overthrown by the civil courts.  We need a final
> ruling and to move on into our separate futures unencumbered by legal muck.
> Lord, have mercy.
> Thank you,
> Ginga Wilder
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Judy Fleener, ObJN,SSH
Western Michigan

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