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July 11, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Episcopal Church has approved a liturgy that will allow priests to bless same-sex couples, making the church the biggest in the United States to endorse such a rite. Starting on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, priests whose bishops give the OK will be allowed to bless the unions of gay and lesbian couples, whether same-sex marriage is legal in that state or not. (It's currently legal in six states, as well as in Washington, D.C.) The church's two voting bodies approved the rite by nearly an 80% majority Tuesday at the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis.
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March 14, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For seven years St. David's Episcopal Church has served as a concert venue for Austin's vibrant South by Southwest Conference. This week it also became a place for mourning. Holding flowers and sheets of paper with prayers, about 100 people gathered outside the on church to mourn 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of Amsterdam and 27-year-old Jamie Ranae West of Austin, who were struck and killed when a car plowed into a crowd early Thursday. Twenty-three others were injured. Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old music producer from Killeen, Texas, has been arrested.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1991 | Religious News Service
A growing and affluent congregation here has severed ties with the Episcopal Church, citing displeasure with what it views as the weakened moral stance of the 2.4-million-member denomination. The congregation, one of the area's fastest-growing, is the second to take such a step since the denomination's General Convention met in Phoenix in July. The church's rector, the Rev.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 | By Hannah Fry
Parishioners from St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach wiped tears from their eyes as they left the church after its final service, leaving a house of worship filled with memories. Jim Dale, 63, said he had been attending church at St. James since he was a boy. "Being in there today, all the memories came flooding back," he said after services Sunday. "There are so many memories: my Communion, meeting my wife, marrying my wife. "It all happened here," he added. Future St. James church services will be held at Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa after an Orange County Superior Court judge in July granted property ownership rights to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
OPINION
February 2, 2007
Re "Episcopal unit may quit U.S. church," Jan. 28 Bishop John-David Schofield of the San Joaquin Diocese claims that the Episcopal Church no longer believes the Bible, and others who agree with him claim that the Episcopal Church has abandoned the traditional Christian faith. Schofield is wrong about this. Each Sunday, Episcopalians say together out loud, "Thanks be to God" when the Scripture is read and declared to be "the word of the Lord." Each Sunday, Episcopalians recite the Nicene Creed of their own free will, and at the conclusion of the Eucharistic prayer, which recounts the history of salvation that climaxes in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Episcopalians say "Amen."
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August 19, 1995 | GENA PASILLAS
St. Wilfred of York Episcopal Church will present the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at 7 tonight. A $3 donation will be requested. The church is at 18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach. Information: (714) 962-7512. The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Dana Point will present a "Saturday Popcorn Review" at 7:30 tonight at a private home.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two of the most prominent and largest Episcopal parishes in the state voted overwhelmingly to leave the Episcopal Church and join fellow Anglican conservatives forming a rival denomination in the U.S. Truro Church in Fairfax and the Falls Church in Falls Church plan to place themselves under the leadership of Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, who has called the growing acceptance of gay relationships a "satanic attack" on the church.
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June 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman to lead any church in the global Anglican Communion when she was elected as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Her election came 30 years after the Episcopalians approved the ordination of women. The selection seemed likely to provoke controversy, since most other Anglican communities do not allow female bishops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2001
An Episcopal priest who has clashed with church leaders over his conservative views will be tried in a church court for preaching at a suburban Washington parish without his bishop's approval. The Rev. Samuel Edwards was charged with breaking church laws when he ignored an order from Jane Holmes Dixon, acting bishop of Washington, to leave Christ Episcopal Church in Accokeek in May. He was later forced out of the parish by a federal order.
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March 13, 2008 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of the Episcopal Church formally ousted the bishop of California's breakaway Diocese of San Joaquin on Wednesday, saying John-David Schofield had abandoned the communion of the church in a bitter, years-long struggle over homosexuality and the Bible. In December, Schofield's Fresno-based diocese became the first in the nation to secede from the Episcopal Church over the issues, placing itself under the authority of a theologically conservative Anglican archbishop in South America.
WORLD
June 14, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The neophyte holders of two of Christendom's most venerable posts met for the first time Friday and spoke of fostering unity and understanding between their sometimes rival branches of the faith. Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby exchanged warm words at the Vatican even as they acknowledged that relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion had historically been, as the pontiff put it, “not without pain.” The Anglican Communion has its origins in the split from Rome by Henry VIII of England, who sought to divorce the first of his six wives but was refused permission by the pope.
OPINION
May 30, 2013
Re "Liberal in a national pulpit," May 27 This article helps explain why the Episcopal Church's membership has declined over the last 50 years - by a whopping 40%. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the dean of the Episcopal Washington National Cathedral since late last year, is to be admired for his strong convictions. He clearly is a unique person with his own sense of right and wrong. But just because his message comes from a pulpit doesn't mean it is right. There are equally compelling counter-messages, coming from other pulpits, every Sunday morning.
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February 9, 2013 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. John J. Hunter, who last fall was abruptly reassigned from First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in Los Angeles, has been fired from his post at a San Francisco church. "I hereby immediately relieve you of the pastoral charge of Bethel AME Church," Bishop Larry T. Kirkland wrote in a letter to Hunter dated Friday. "You will have no further contact with that congregation in an official capacity. " Hunter could not immediately be reached for comment.
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January 9, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Supporters of gay marriage are exultant that the Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will perform same-sex weddings.  It's not really a surprise. The Episcopal Church to which the cathedral belongs approved a rite for same-sex blessings in 2012 and same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia. So why all the breathless coverage of the announcement? It has to do with the “national” in the popular name of the church (which is officially called the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2012 | By Howard Blume and Carlos Lozano, Los Angeles Times
Pasadena-area community leaders staged a peace and unity rally Sunday afternoon to denounce recent violence that claimed the life of longtime youth sports leader and community activist Victor McClinton, among others. About 250 people gathered on the steps of All Saints Episcopal Church near City Hall to hear city leaders, clergy members and law enforcement officials discuss ways to stem the violence. "It was a call for peace and for the community to come together in light of some of the recent gang violence and shootings that have occurred," said William Boyer, a Pasadena public information officer.
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November 2, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black pulpit in Los Angeles, has been reassigned after a controversial eight years that included a sexual harassment lawsuit, a federal tax investigation and questionable use of church credit cards. Pastor John J. Hunter was moved to Bethel AME San Francisco by Bishop T. Larry Kirkland. Neither Kirkland nor Hunter could be reached for comment Friday. Kirkland appointed the San Francisco church's pastor, the Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, to take the helm in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1992 | From Religious News Service
The standoff between the Episcopal Church hierarchy and a growing band of dissident traditionalists turned personal recently when a retired Episcopal priest was issued an ultimatum by his bishop: Stop dissident activities or leave the church. The Rev. Patrick Murphy, ordained 44 years ago, renounced the priesthood this week after refusing his bishop's orders to "cease and desist" ministering to a small Houston congregation of disaffected former Episcopalians he helped organize.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Episcopal Church has approved a liturgy that will allow priests to bless same-sex couples, making the church the biggest in the United States to endorse such a rite. Starting on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, priests whose bishops give the OK will be allowed to bless the unions of gay and lesbian couples, whether same-sex marriage is legal in that state or not. (It's currently legal in six states, as well as in Washington, D.C.) The church's two voting bodies approved the rite by nearly an 80% majority Tuesday at the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis.
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July 5, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Sixteen years after allowing gays and lesbians to become priests, the Episcopal Church appears poised to introduce a rite that would specifically bless the unions of same-sex couples. If the liturgy is approved, which is expected, Episcopalians will become the first major denomination to endorse such a ritual for homosexual couples. On its face, the blessing seems similar to that of a marriage rite -- including “I do,” “we have gathered together today” and an exchange of rings.
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