"The Episcopal Church took unnecessary and illegitimate action against us which triggered our own previously agreed upon actions and caused us to withdraw to protect ourselves and our Gospel witness," said [Kendall] Harmon.
The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, spokesman for the diocese, explained to The Christian Post that there "is no explicitly described process in the national canons of the Church" regarding the process of dismissal for a diocese.
"Our Diocesan canons give the Bishop the absolute authority to interpret the canons. At the express written request of the Standing Committee, our bishop was asked to answer that question," said Lewis. "His determination ruled that the Board of Directors of the Diocese does indeed have the authority to make that decision on behalf of the Diocese."
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