The Bishop and Deputation of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina have withdrawn from the 77th General Convention.
On 11 July 2012 the lay and clergy deputies released a statement confirming their withdrawal.
“Due to the actions of General Convention, the South Carolina Deputation has concluded that we cannot continue with business as usual. We all agree that we cannot and will not remain on the floor of the House and act as if all is normal. John Burwell and Lonnie Hamilton have agreed to remain at Convention to monitor further developments and by their presence demonstrate that our action is not to be construed as a departure from the Episcopal Church. Please pray for those of us who will be traveling early and for those who remain.”
The Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, was not present at today’s meeting of the House of Bishops following the afternoon break. One bishop told Anglican Ink that he could not disclose what was discussed in the bishops’ private afternoon session, but confirmed Bishop Lawrence was not present.
A second bishop said that he expected the South Carolina bishop would be releasing a statement shortly.