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Wednesday
Jul142010

The American Presiding Bishop meets the press

Two people who probably didn’t want to bump into each other socially in Halifax were both invited guests of the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod: The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church; and the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.

After all, Kearon had just sent letters to American representatives sitting on several international committees informing them that the Archbishop of Canterbury was pulling them from those committees. 

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Monday
Apr262010

Election of second openly gay US bishop confirmed

(Staff)  The Episcopal Church (TEC) has formally endorsed the election of a second practicing homosexual bishop. Mary Douglas Glasspool has received the required number of consents from diocesan standing committees and bishops to her consecration. Glasspool, 56, was elected suffragan bishop of Los Angeles on Dec. 5. Her consecration is set for May 15 with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as the chief consecrator. 

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Monday
Apr262010

Diocese evicts Anglicans and sells church to Muslims

(Staff)  An Anglican priest in upstate New York was taken aback this March when he saw a crane removing the cross from the bell tower of his former church. He had expected the building to remain as a place of Christian worship.

After winning its lawsuit against the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, the Diocese of Central New York served notice on the parish rector and his wife. Because the diocese could take “immediate possession,” the Revs. Matt and Anne Kennedy had to vacate the church property -- including the rectory, which was home for themselves and their four children -- in a matter of days in January 2009. 

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Monday
Apr262010

Large South Carolina church votes to leave TEC

(Staff)  One of the largest congregations in the Diocese of South Carolina has voted 703-19 to leave the Episcopal Church (TEC) and affiliate instead with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). St. Andrew’s in Mt. Pleasant near Charleston voted to leave the theologically liberal denomination even though its local Diocese of South Carolina is considered one of the most orthodox within the national church and has a strongly orthodox bishop, Mark Lawrence. Bishop Lawrence has said he will let the clergy and congregation depart without any retribution.

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Monday
Mar292010

Traditionalists join Roman Church

On March 3rd, the Anglican Church in America (ACA), the U.S. branch of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), announced that it will seek communion with the Roman Catholic Church under new Vatican guidelines released in the fall. There are four ACA dioceses across the US, with approximately 100 parishes. (The Traditional Anglican Communion is not a member of The Episcopal Church or the Anglican Church in North America.)

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