I’m not a canon lawyer, nor do I play one on TV nor have I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express any time recently :-), so I claim no special knowledge or understanding of the Title IV disciplinary process that Bp. Mark Lawrence is about to endure.
However, I’d like to suggest we pray for the Title IV disciplinary process, for truth to be heard and honored, for light to shine, for hard hearts to be softened, for God’s glory and Name to be exalted.
There is a memo at Stand Firm from the President of the Title IV Disciplinary Board, Bp. Dorsey Henderson, formerly the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, which gives a glimpse of the process. [update: the official copy of the memo from Bp. Henderson is here, just for the record.]
Also, a helpful commenter on that thread at Stand Firm has noted the names of the members of that committee (as of June 30, 2011):
The clergy and lay members were appointed by President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson for an interim basis until the House of Deputies can elect regular members at the next meeting of General Convention in 2012. The members and their dioceses are:
Bishop Ian T. Douglas of Connecticut;
Victor Feliberty-Ruberte of Puerto Rico;
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick of Hawaii;
Suffragan Bishop Dena Harrison of Texas;
Christopher Hayes of California;
Retired Bishop Dorsey Henderson of Upper South Carolina;
Bishop Herman Hollerith of Southern Virginia;
Bishop J. Scott Mayer of Northwest Texas;
the Rev. Marjorie Menaul of Central Pennsylvania;
Josephine Powell of Michigan;
the Rev. Jesus Reyes of El Camino Real;
Diane Sammons of Newark;
Bishop Thomas Shaw of Massachusetts;
the Rev. Canon Angela Shepherd of Maryland;
Bishop Prince Singh of Rochester;
the Rev. Robert Two Bulls Jr. of Los Angeles;
Bishop James Waggoner of Spokane and
Bishop Catherine Waynick of Indianapolis.
Let’s be keeping these bishops, clergy and lay men & women in prayer. The verse I find coming to mind to pray, and which encourages me is from Phil 2:13
” for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
May God be at work accomplishing His purposes. He is sovereign. May this committee acknowledge His rule and reign and submit their wills, their judgment and decisions to Him and serve to please Him alone, rather than serving themselves.
UPDATE OCTOBER 12:
There appears to be some confusion today over the exact roster of the Disciplinary Board. While the original mandate and ENS article announcing the composition of the Board cite 18 members (per the list we published above), the current official roster lists 20 individuals:
17 “members,” plus 3 additional individuals:
the President – Bp. Dorsey Henderson,
the Clerk – Bp. Fitzpatrick,
and “Other” – Intake Officer Bp. Clayton Matthews.
The new names not listed above are Josephine Hicks, the Church Attorney and lay member from North Carolina, and Bp. Clayton Matthews.
Hopefully clarity will be forthcoming as to who among these 20 individuals are voting members. Stay tuned. Please be praying for the LIGHT & TRUTH of Christ to pierce all the murkiness surrounding the composition of this crucial Board.
Three verses I have in mind:
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; …
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
Lord Jesus, Your light shines in the darkness and darkness cannot overcome it. May Your light reveal truth about the Title IV Disciplinary Board and it’s members. Amen.