July 11, 2012 |
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.
October 19, 1991 |
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.
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 |
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.
December 18, 2006 |
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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March 18, 2010 |
The Episcopal Church gave final approval Wednesday to the ordination of an openly gay bishop in Los Angeles, putting a face behind a policy that has divided the church and caused some of its more conservative members to break away. Mary Glasspool is the first openly gay bishop approved since 2003, when the election of a gay man as bishop of New Hampshire caused such an uproar that the U.S. church, under pressure from other members of the global Anglican Communion, imposed a moratorium on such elevations.