Wednesday, March 07, 2007

South Dakota Chapter/ American Anglican Council Press Release

The AAC/SDK has released the following report on conditions in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota.


South Dakota
Press Release from the South Dakota Chapter
of the
American Anglican Council

March 7, 2007


Ingrid Dobrovolny, President - Email:
Scott Loftesness, Secretary - Email: - (phone
available upon request)

Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota Renounces Stated Values

The American Anglican Council (AAC) chapter of South Dakota (AAC/SDK) is
saddened to report that Bishop Creighton Robertson and the Standing
Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota have renounced previously
stated biblical and organizational values.

The bishop and standing committee have either voted against or failed to
vote consent for the consecration of Mark Lawrence as Bishop of South
Carolina. Bishop Robertson's "no" vote put him in a distinct minority in
the House of Bishops. The Standing Committee has imperiled the consent
process, which requires a majority of all diocesan standing committees to
give consent. The deadline for consents is early next week.

These actions are definite steps away from previously stated diocesan

~~ In 2003, Bishop Robertson and the standing committee supported the
New Hampshire consecration of V. Gene Robinson, an openly practicing
homosexual, citing respect for the vote of the Diocese of New Hampshire over
any concerns about biblical standards or offense to other Christians.
Today, Bishop Robertson and the Standing Committee are refusing to apply the
same respect to the legal and overwhelming majority election of Mark
Lawrence in South Carolina, a more biblically traditional diocese.

~~ In 2006, South Dakota's diocesan convention passed a resolution
affirming the diocese as a "safe place" for people of diverse views,
specifically including biblically traditional Episcopalians. Bishop
Robertson subsequently expressed the opinion that the "safe place" only
applied to those who favor new cultural ideas over traditional biblical
teachings. He rejected requests to apply the "safe place" standard to the
South Carolina consent process.

~~ The mission statement of the Diocese of South Dakota is, "A Sacred
Circle of Love, Prayer and Service Gathered Around the Gospel." The current
actions of the bishop and standing committee show a profound lack of love,
prayer and service toward fellow Christians and reject the clear Gospel
teaching of Jesus, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them
do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12).

This deterioration of values and practice is just the latest in a pattern of
decay and decline in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota and The Episcopal
Church (TEC) nationwide. TEC's own statistics show that the Diocese of South
Dakota experienced marked losses in both membership and actual worship
attendance from 1995 to 2005.


TEC, which provides about half of South Dakota's diocesan budget, recently
announced a budget shortfall of almost $4 million. The denomination is
suffering membership losses, and entire dioceses and congregations are
estranged from TEC due to its drift away from biblical, orthodox
Christianity. In addition, the worldwide Anglican Communion, the third
largest international Christian body at 78 million members, has given TEC a
Sept. 30, 2007 deadline to halt deviations from Anglican teaching and
practice and to provide supportive leadership for orthodox Anglicans who are
under duress from TEC revisionists.

AAC/SDK seeks to support the faithful witness of biblical, traditional
Anglican Christians around the state.


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