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Legal Defense Fund

Legal Defense Fund

The Diocesan Council, with support from the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, established the Legal Defense Fund Committee to assist the Diocese in raising $2 million to underwrite the cost of litigation against The Episcopal Church (TEC).

In his charge to the Committee, Bishop Lawrence invoked Jesus’ words from John’s gospel, “in this world we will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” He encouraged the committee to be prayerful, creative, forthright, and affirming. He urged the group to acknowledge that our legal suit is a tempestuous battle against “the spiritual forces of evil” and advised the members to “put on the full armor of God” trusting in His righteousness and believing in His justice and judgment.


“Take Your Stand” Campaign

TEC’s history of litigation against dioceses and churches totals more than $22 million. We estimate the cost of preserving our Bible-based and Christ-centered principles to be $2 million. The Take Your Stand Campaign is a fundraising initiative, approved by the Diocesan Council and Bishop Lawrence, to secure the resources needed for our legal team. A Legal Defense Fund Committee has been empowered to raise the money.

The next two years will define the future of our Diocese and in many ways, the future of the Anglican Communion in the United States. The generosity of our parishes and parishioners, as well as supporters outside the Diocese will ensure that we present our best defense!

Thank you and God Bless you!



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