Magazine article The Christian Century

Episcopal Church Intact a Year Later

Magazine article The Christian Century

Episcopal Church Intact a Year Later

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More than a year after the confirmation of an openly gay Episcopal bishop, who recently admitted he was not 100 percent sure he did the right thing, church officials say the denomination has not broken apart or fallen victim to a fatal drop in finances.

The election of Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was approved by bishops and lay and clergy delegates in August 2003 during the church's General Convention in Minneapolis. He was formally consecrated November 2.

Robinson's election was denounced by sister churches in the Anglican Communion as all unbiblical act that threatened to tear asunder the group of 38 church provinces. Nine U.S. dioceses termed a separate network as a refuge for conservatives opposed to Robinson's election.

A memo distributed by church leaders in New York said only nine of the 38 provinces in the Anglican Communion had declared themselves in "impaired communion" with the U.S. church, The nine churches--Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Southeast Asia, Southern Cone (Latin America), Tanzania, Uganda and West Indies--represent about half of the communion's 77 million members.

Two American dioceses--Dallas and Pittsburgh--have said they will send no money to the national church, while three other conservative dioceses have not indicated what amount, if any, they will send.

Two southern California congregations in mid-August declared themselves "no longer affiliated" with the Episcopal Church, saying they voted to place themselves under the pastoral oversight of Ugandan Bishop Evans Mukasa Kisekka. …

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