I've been very concerned for the Diocese of South Carolina recently. I've got some good friends there and have enjoyed several visits in recent years. They are facing a deadline today to get the necessary consents from the Standing Committees of at least 56 other dioceses, so that the bishop of their choice, Mark Lawrence, can be consecrated. As of now, they have 55 consents.
The bone of contention is whether Mark Lawrence will take the Diocese out of The Episcopal Church at any point. He has said the following, "I will heartily make the vows conforming…to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church, as well as the trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures. So to put it as clearly as I can, my intention is to remain in The Episcopal Church.he would remain faithful to the Canons of the Church".
Please pray that at least one more diocese changes its vote in the remaining few hours.
It's a bigger church over there, and so more cumbersome. In Scotland the sytem ensures that any candidate on the shortlist has already been vetted for acceptability to the Province before the election takes place. This is done by having bishops and others from the Province on the Preparatory Committee. I suppose this reflects the idea that the bishop represents the wider church, and ought to be acceptable to as many people as possible. This, at least in theory, means that there is less likelihood of public embarrassment or division in the Church.