Monday, December 18, 2006

8 Episcopal Parishes in No Va defect

Widespread Washington DC area media reports indicate that at least eight Episcopal parishes in northern Virginia have split off to the more conservative Episcopal Church of Nigeria, over concerns about ordination of a gay bishop and of same-sex union ceremonies. One of the churches is the historic Falls Church, in the city by that name, Falls Church VA. I visited the church with a workplace friend on an All Saints Day in the early 1990s.

Many more progressive denominations have conservative splits and churches with a separate reporting structure, and gay issues have caused major splits in these churches, as they seem to lead to intolerable theological controversies.

Bill Turque and Michelle Boorstein have The Washington Post story Dec 18, 2006. This story says seven parishes.

Julia Duin has The Washington Times story on "8 flocks."

Update: The Falls Church Responds

Rev. John Yates and Os Guinness have an op-ed about the Falls Church, "Why We Left the Episcopal Church," and it maintains that the issue is more about the authority of scripture, not gay priests or gay marriage. It appeared in The Washington Post Jan. 8, 2007, p A15, link here.

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