Since the first day we learned of the charges made against Bp. Mark Lawrence of South Carolina, we have focused prayer several times on the Title IV Disciplinary Board.
New documents and articles posted by the Anglican Communion Institute, the Anglican Curmudgeon, and the Living Church, make clear that the Disciplinary Board in fact is central to the process against Bp. Lawrence.
Here is an excerpt of how the process seems to be likely to go forward, from the latest article posted by the ACI:
Many in the church had assumed that the Lawrence matter was being processed by the normal intake procedures specified under the new Title IV. Included among these were bishops sympathetic to the national church who assumed that this was the beginning of an extended procedure involving the Reference Panel, subsequent Conference and Hearing Panels, and the normal process of notice and opportunity to be heard inherent in the trial process. We were dubious of that assumption ourselves, but that was one of the questions we raised in our earlier piece on this matter. We are grateful for an answer.
It is now clear that there will be no such process. The matter will be considered by the Disciplinary Board for Bishops, meeting as a whole, which will vote whether to certify Bishop Lawrence for abandonment. If it were to certify that Bishop Lawrence has abandoned the church, his ministry would be restricted immediately (what formerly was called inhibition) and the matter would be sent straight to the House of Bishops at its next meeting (following a period of at least sixty days). If the Disciplinary Board votes by the end of this year, that meeting would be the March meeting of the House of Bishops at which Bishop Lawrence would be deposed if the House so votes by a majority vote.
O LORD, We know from Your Word that You love justice (Ps 11:7, Ps 33:5, Ps 99:4). We pray that the Title IV Disciplinary Board would love justice and “DO JUSTICE” as well (Micah 6:8) in submission to You.
May the justice of Bishop Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina and their righteousness shine forth as they delight themselves in You and commit their way to You:
4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
May we see Your justice with our eyes, Father, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.