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December 4, 2008 | Duke Helfand, Helfand is a Times staff writer.
Hundreds of conservative Episcopal congregations in North America, rejecting liberal biblical views of others in the denomination, formed a breakaway church Wednesday that threatened to further divide a global Anglican body already torn by the ordination of an openly gay bishop.
December 15, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, in a long-awaited message to the global Anglican Communion he heads, said Friday there was no consensus among Anglican leaders on whether the Episcopal Church had met demands that it stop consecrating openly gay bishops and authorizing same-sex blessings.
September 26, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Episcopal leaders, who are struggling to hold together their increasingly divided church and maintain its place in the global Anglican Communion, pledged anew Tuesday to "exercise restraint" in consecrating another openly gay bishop. In the final hours of a crucial meeting in New Orleans, Episcopal bishops promised not to authorize official rites for the blessings of same-sex couples and asserted that a majority of bishops do not allow priests to bless such unions.
September 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
new orleans -- The archbishop of Canterbury indicated Friday that the Episcopal Church wasn't on the brink of losing its place in the world Anglican fellowship, despite the uproar over Episcopal support for gay clergy. Anglican leaders, called primates, had set a Sept. 30 deadline for the Americans to pledge unequivocally not to consecrate another gay bishop or approve an official prayer service for same-sex couples. Episcopal bishops have dedicated their meeting here to crafting a response.
September 20, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Since 2003, when the Episcopal Church consecrated a partnered gay man as bishop of New Hampshire, there have been growing fears of a formal split within the U.S. church, or between it and the rest of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Now, as bishops of the Episcopal Church begin a crucial meeting in New Orleans today, concern about the future of the church and its place within the global Anglican fellowship is at center stage.
June 15, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
A top Episcopal Church panel on Thursday turned down demands from overseas Anglican leaders to stop consecrating openly gay bishops and blessing same-sex unions. The 40-member Executive Council, headed by the presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, said such decisions could only be made at the U.S. church's triennial General Convention, to be held next in 2009. The panel, concluding its four-day meeting in Parsippany, N.J.
May 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A powerful Anglican leader from Nigeria installed a bishop to lead the network of conservative U.S. parishes he created, despite a last-minute plea from the archbishop of Canterbury that the Nigerian cancel his visit. Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria was already in the United States when Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' spokesman revealed that Williams had tried to intercede. The installation ceremony at a nondenominational chapel in Woodbridge, Va.
May 4, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Tensions between the Episcopal Church and its critics in the worldwide Anglican Communion have escalated with an exchange of strongly worded letters between the church's presiding bishop and the Anglican archbishop of Nigeria. The letters involve a planned visit by Nigerian Archbishop Peter J. Akinola to the United States this weekend, in which he is expected to install a bishop to lead congregations that have broken away from the Episcopal Church. The 2.
April 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The leader of the world's Anglicans, visiting Canada for a spiritual retreat, said he had agreed to an urgent request for a meeting with U.S. church leaders as the Anglican fellowship nears a split over the Bible and sexuality. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said at a Toronto news conference that he would meet with U.S. Episcopal leaders in the fall. Last month, U.S.
March 21, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Bishops of the Episcopal Church on Tuesday requested an urgent meeting with the spiritual head of their denomination, the worldwide Anglican Communion, and appeared to take the first steps toward rejecting several demands made of the American church at a recent gathering of the communion's leadership in Tanzania. In February, Anglican leaders gave the U.S. branch of the communion until Sept.
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