14 October 2011
Rt. Rev'd Mark Lawrence
The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
Post Office Box 20127
Charleston SC 29413
United States of America
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I received with deep concern and sadness the news of formal allegations against you and your diocese with respect to some ill-defined sense of abandoning the faith of the Church.
I write so that my recognition and support of you as a Brother Bishop in the Anglican Communion may be clear and unambiguous, and to assure you of my prayer for you and your leadership team at this time.
It has become clear over recent years, and it was certainly my experience at the Lambeth Conference of 2008: not only are the revisionist pursuits of certain parties clearly no longer bounded by the fundamental witness of the gospel in Scripture, but the means of that pursuit seem no longer bounded by the common human wisdom of good grace and fairness. The fact that current events demonstrate a willingness to impugn the fundamental character of Episcopal polity is a demonstration of their intransigence.
Nevertheless, please be encouraged in the Lord Jesus in whose sufferings you share and in whose resurrection hope we live and minister.
I note the words at the top of your diocesan website - “...that all may come to know Him...” Our Lord Jesus is indeed our sole focus, our joy, our salvation; and the knowledge of him our goal for ourselves and all those we meet. He is the head of the church and his promise to his people is secure.
May his grace and peace be with you and the faithful saints of the Diocese of South Carolina.
Yours sincerely in the bonds of Christ,
Bishop of Tasmania
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