August 26, 2006

That's My Church!


That ripping sound you hear is the Episcopal Church USA beginning to break apart:

Dallas Bishop James M. Stanton is among the leaders of seven Episcopal dioceses who have rejected the authority of the denomination's incoming national leader, Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, as the debate over the Bible and gay relationships tears at the church.

The move, prompted partly by Jefferts Schori's support for gay relationships, falls just short of a complete break. But in October, Dallas-area Episcopalians will meet to more fully consider their future in the denomination.

The six other dissenting dioceses - Central Florida; Fort Worth, Texas; Fresno, Calif.; Pittsburgh; Springfield, Ill., and South Carolina - are having similar internal debates.

What's interesting about this story is that the dissent is at the diocesian level. I expect that if you look at the other diocese around the country (including my own), you will find battle lines drawn up on a parish-by-parish level and also within each congregation. If some kind of formal split does occur, it won't be neat and clean, but instead will be very ragged.

(I'd like to discuss this article with my own rector tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have to get on a @#)($*@# plane at @#$( seven in the morning to go out of town for a @#$)(#$ deposition and won't get back until @#$)@#*$(# late tomorrow night (yes, a @#$*&(@# Sunday deposition - don't ask), but that's a @#*$&@#( different @#$()*# story.)

Posted by Robert at August 26, 2006 08:56 AM | TrackBack

This is so unfortunate. I think back to 1968, when my family and many others left the Episcopal Church over a freaking prayer book change. And realized you can't change things from the outside, and returned. Still, I'm torn. They have Anglican services here in Jax. Might try that. Think the priest is a conservative African.

Posted by: velociman at August 26, 2006 07:27 PM

I don't envy you liturgical types at times like this.

Posted by: Memento Moron at August 27, 2006 12:35 AM