[Magdalen] A message from Provisional Bishop of SC

Judy Fleener fleenerj at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 16:49:58 UTC 2019

Thank you Ginga for the letter and the update.

On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 4:18 PM Lynn Ronkainen <houstonklr at gmail.com> wrote:

> Wonderful update and heartfelt report, Ginga. It has been a blessing to
> see all of this unfold with your help, words and personal involvement.
> Love
> Lynn
> On Feb 26, 2019, at 3:01 PM, Ginga Wilder <gingawilder at gmail.com> wrote:
> Grace, thank you so much, and Cady, too.  I have not posted much on
> Magdalen about the continuing non-resolution in TECSC.  Magdalen has moved
> ot other interests in recent years.
> From my pew, I believe the bishop is showing excellent pastoral
> leadership.  He is calling the flocks in his care to be as Christ whatever
> the outcome.  This will be hard for those who still hold anger and
> resentment against the Lawrence church.  I do not ... I let that go early
> on following the split....as a matter of fact, this time since the 2012
> schism has been the best years of my faith journey.  Prior to the break,
> many of us spent our adult years learning 'about' being the Body of Christ
> and learning 'about' following Christ...we learned that lesson well right
> here in SC.  We had good teachers who knew how to instruct us in our
> mission to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Not all clergy and informed lay
> leaders were radical evangelicals and some were just plain liberal.  Yay!
> Some of us even learned enough to teach and to lead our congregations,
> especially after the Church in SC came apart.
> Here are some things:
> 1. The US Supreme Court did not choose to hear the Lawrence Church's appeal
> of the SC Supreme Court's decision on behalf of TEC and TECSC.  (Would have
> been so lovely if Lawrence had not appealed, BUT he did.)  The Lawrence
> attorney team seems intent on appealing, obfuscating, moaning and crying
> foul until the cows come home.  We have no idea when the property cases
> will be resolved.  The SC Circuit Court has named a judge to implement the
> transfer of property back to TEC, but he is, at the very least,
> ineffective.  Nothing has moved in that direction.  Our parish will assume
> the property we left when all is said and done...but it is huge, too big
> for us.  It will be a huge burden to maintain it.  Our membership would
> prefer not to have to do that.  We would also prefer to keep our Good
> Shepherd name, but that will probably not work.
> 2. The Federal case involving who is the actual bishop of The Episcopal
> Diocese of South Carolina was to be heard next week but has been postponed
> until May.  This case is a Lanham Act case.  "The Lanham (Trademark) Act
> (Pub.L. 79–489, 60 Stat. 427, enacted July 5, 1946, codified at 15 U.S.C. §
> 1051 et seq. (15 U.S.C. ch. 22)) is the primary federal trademark statute
> of law in the United States. The Act prohibits a number of activities,
> including trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and false
> advertising."  TEC and TECSC should win this case easily, IFF it ever is
> heard in a court of law.
> 3.  In the meantime, The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd has
> flourished.  We began in October 2012 with 11 units, several of which were
> single people.  Today we have 63 family units and 58 pledging units.  We do
> not argue, and yet, we are free to express our opinions about anything.  We
> have strong lay leadership.  Father Dow Sanderson, our Priest-in-Charge is
> excellent.  He can preach!  He came here from 17 years as rector of the
> "High Church in the Low Country," and he has come to a middle place.  Good
> Shepherd and he have blended very well.  He is a loving pastor.  Good
> Shepherd's outreach ministry flourishes with many endeavors.  ETC.  Good
> Shepherd is good.  We know change is in the wind for us and I believe we
> will be able to live into that, maybe not easily but with good intention.
> I rotated off mission council again this year.  What joy it has been to
> serve 5 of our 6 years.  I do the Facebook page and keep the webpage up
> now.  John and I will go with daughter Ginny's church (St. Anne's Episcopal
> Church, Winston-Salem, NC) to the Holy Land in March 2019.  In the
> meantime, to get ready for the walking, I am having a hip replacement on
> April 5, this year.  Getting the house organized for that at this time.  I
> need the other one done, too, but we shall see.
> Love all of you and miss y'all a lot.
> Ginga
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> > On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 3:20 PM Grace Cangialosi <gracecan at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Oh, Ginga, I’ve obviously missed pieces of this. Somehow I thought
> > everything had been settled. I was having a conversation today about the
> > situation in the Methodist Church, and I was saying that the property
> > disputes in the Episcopal Church had been resolved...
> > I need to go back through some of your posts and catch up!
> >
> >> On Feb 26, 2019, at 11:29 AM, cady soukup <cadyasoukup at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Ginga,
> >>
> >> Thank you - it seems not so much "predictive" as "prescriptive" - what
> >> to do no matter what the timing and outcome may be.
> >>
> >> You are living in the cracks between once and future. Holy space, hard
> > living.
> >>
> >> hugs anyway - Cady
> >> recovering from the local winter flu
> >>
> >>> On 2/25/19, Ginga Wilder <gingawilder at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> An interesting correspondence from Bp Skip Adams, Bishop Provisional of
> >>> SC.  Some may be interested to read this.  He is making his visitation
> > to
> >>> Good Shepherd this Sunday.  The Federal litigation has been postponed
> >>> recently from Mar 1 to the first week of May.  The state district
> court,
> >>> which has been charged with implementing the restoration of property to
> > The
> >>> Episcopal Church in SC, seems completely stuck in mud.  So, I wonder
> >>> if +Adams' message means that we will have news soon or if we have lots
> > of
> >>> waiting yet to do.
> >>>
> >>> https://mailchi.mp/episcopalchurchsc/e26a1vhjwp-851765?e=750b6cd08a
> >>>
> >>> Ginga
> >>>
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Judy Fleener, ObJN,SSH
Western Michigan

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