Two More Churches Leave the Episcopalians
Two more Episcopal churches have left that denomination. Or, as I like to phrase it, they took the red pill and are out of the Matrix.
On Epiphany Sunday, yesterday, two churches (or vast majority portions of churches, including ordained and lay leadership) in Middle Tennessee stepped into the world-wide Anglican Communion. They are Holy Cross in Murfreesboro and Trinity in Winchester. That means seven bodies in Middle Tennessee have joined the Anglican Communion in the past three and a half years.
I have not seen a news article on Trinity, but here is the beginning of the Tennessean article about Holy Cross:
Holy Cross members form new fellowship
Murfreesboro Episcopalians upset with denomination
By SAMANTHA E. WILLIAMS
and DOUG DAVIS
MURFREESBORO — Holy Cross Church lost most of its members Sunday.
They left to form Faith Anglican Fellowship, saying they believe the Episcopal Church has strayed from its core doctrine and from Scripture on the role of Christ and on homosexuality. The Rev. Frederick Richardson, who has led Holy Cross, a Murfreesboro Episcopal mission church, since December 2000 and will head the new Anglican fellowship, said his church and the national Episcopal Church were going in opposite directions.
"We felt like it was the healthiest option for our congregation," Richardson said. "We do not feel that continuing with the Episcopal Church would help us fulfill the mission God has called us to do."
You can read the rest here: http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080107/NEWS06/801070360/1023/NEWS