It looks like the much-anticipated breaking of the Episcopal church is ocurring.  Here’s a story from CitizenLink.com…

 

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12-18-2006

Two Major Episcopal Churches Leave Denomination

by Pete Winn, associate editor

The consecration of a gay bishop three years ago was the last straw for Anglican churches that date back to George Washington’s day.

Two of the largest, oldest and most influential Episcopal churches in the country have decided to leave the mother church and affiliate with an alternative Anglican group — one under the authority of an African bishop.

The Truro Church in Fairfax, Va., and The Falls Church in Falls Church, Va., voted overwhelmingly to leave the Episcopal Church of the USA (ECUSA) and to join the fledgling Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a group connected to Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, a prominent and outspoken leader of traditionalists. They were joined by six smaller congregations in Virginia.

Jim Oakes, the senior warden of the vestry (head of the church’s ruling body) at Truro Church, said the vote to sever ties with ECUSA was nearly unanimous — 1,010 votes yes, 85 no.

“It was extremely hard,” Oakes told CitizenLink on Monday. “It’s like a death in the family. This is an action that has been brewing, frankly, for years, as the Episcopal Church has more and more become two denominations under one roof — almost two faiths under one roof.”

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