Meeting Will Focus on Future of South Carolina Episcopal Diocese

South Carolina Episcopalians will soon consider a resolution to distance the state diocese from the national Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, made up of churches in the eastern and lower parts of the state, meets Saturday in Mount Pleasant.

One resolution would authorize church leaders to begin withdrawing from some of the councils of the national church, although there would not be a complete break.

The national church earlier this year authorized bishops to bless same-sex unions and consecrated its first openly gay bishop six years ago.

Bishop Mark Lawrence told South Carolina clergy in August that false teachings on issues such as same-sex unions threaten the church like an intrusive vine.