Magazine article The Christian Century

Episcopal Dissidents Urged to Delay Exit

Magazine article The Christian Century

Episcopal Dissidents Urged to Delay Exit

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Traditionalist Episcopalians are being urged to "please stand firm a little while longer" and not leave the denomination until officials can develop an alternative network for dissidents. David Anderson, president of the American Anglican Council, a Washington-based conservative group that led opposition to the election and consecration of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire, said "any decision to leave now would be premature."

In a letter to supporters, Anderson wrote: "If it is simply impossible for you to remain where you are ... then you may wish for the time being to consider gathering together with other orthodox Episcopalians in your same situation to form a new informal 'congregation' that meets in a home or school."

Anderson said Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh has been named the moderator of a new conservative network that would provide oversight for parishes or clergy who oppose the denomination's stances Oil homosexuality.

The network, which would exist alongside the Episcopal Church, has the blessing of 13 bishops and, Anderson said, the leader of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. …

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