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SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston Parish Sends "Regret" Letter To All Saints Church

CHARLESTON PARISH SENDS "REGRET" LETTER TO ALL SAINTS CHURCH

By David W. Virtue

CHARLESTON, SC--The rectors of one of the largest parish churches in the
Diocese of South Carolina has sent a letter of "personal regret" to AMIA Bishop
Chuck Murphy and to the rector of All Saints Church, Waccamaw for its decision
to withdraw from the diocese.

The Rev. Marc Boutan, associate rector of St. Philip's Church, a flagship
parish in the heart of Charleston, said some 15 clergy and laity signed a letter
saying, "We, some of your fellow clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina,
gathered coincidentally for the Anglican Communion Institute at St. Philip's
Church, wish to convey our deep sorrow over this loss."

"Although we have been separated to some extent by the legal actions you have
taken against the Diocese over the land issue, your friendship, your talent,
your vitality and leadership in the cause of Jesus Christ over the years have
been wonderful gifts to us -- not something we can relinquish easily. We hate
to see our alliance come to this end. We will miss your participation in our
common life."

"We wish you would reconsider your decision. We need your voice along with
ours to stand for the historic Christian faith against the tide of revisionism.
We appeal to you give the Anglican Communion an opportunity to discipline
ECUSA, and then move together toward the best solution.

Fondly in Christ,

Rev. Haden McCormick, rector
Rev. arc Boutan, Associate rector

(15 Signatures followed after this letter.)

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