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|Church, Gays, Episcopal And Nigeria Connection by Ynot(m): 8:48am On Dec 19, 2006|
Excerpt from Washington Post
Two of the country's largest and most historic Episcopal congregations -- both in Fairfax County -- will vote next week on whether to leave the U.S. church on ideological grounds and affiliate instead with a controversial Nigerian archbishop.
Some conservatives in the Episcopal Church, the U.S. wing of the worldwide Anglican Communion, believe the church abandoned Scripture by installing a gay bishop in New Hampshire in 2003, among other things. Those feelings of alienation were strengthened when Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori -- who supports the New Hampshire bishop -- was elected this summer to lead the national church.
If the votes at The Falls Church and Truro succeed, as their leaders predict, the 3,000 active members of the two churches would join a new, Fairfax-based organization that answers to Nigerian Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, leader of the 17 million-member Nigerian church and an advocate of jailing gays.
Does anyone have the inside story on this and/or the extent of Akinola's involvement? Its kinda strange how Akinola is calling the shots from Nigeria. Comments from same editorial shows hate towards Akinola and once again, questioned Nigeria involvement and integrity.
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