South Carolina Decision a Full Vindication for Victims of ECUSA’s Oppression

Feb 5, 2015 by

by A S Haley, Anglican Ink: Circuit Judge Diane S. Goodstein’s carefully crafted 46-page decision in the case brought by Bishop Mark Lawrence’s Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina (along with 35 of its parishes, plus St. Andrew’s, Mt. Pleasant) against the Episcopal Church (USA) and its rump group (ECSC, or “Episcopal Church in South Carolina”) is a complete vindication of the positions taken and arguments advanced for so long, by so many, inside and outside the...

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Breakaway South Carolina diocese can keep $500 million of church property, judge says

Feb 4, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A conservative breakaway Anglican diocese in the US has won a court battle to keep more than $500 million worth of church property. The Episcopal Church (TEC) has no claim on the property of the Diocese of South Carolina or its churches, according to Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein. She wrote in her decision this week that the conservative diocese and its parishes are “the owners of their real, personal and intellectual property” and that the...

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Christian booted from National Cathedral speaks out

Nov 22, 2014 by

By Leo Hohmann, WND: It was supposed to be a shining moment for proponents of the interfaith movement. The Islamic “jummah,” or Friday call to prayer, would be held on America’s grandest Christian stage – the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It was a bold move that had never been tried. Leaders of the Episcopal cathedral said sending prayers up to Allah from a Christian church would show the world that two religions at odds with each other for centuries could “approach the same God” as...

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National Cathedral Hosts Muslim Friday Prayers

Nov 21, 2014 by

By Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism: For the first time, the Episcopal Church’s Washington National Cathedral has hosted a Muslim service of Friday prayers (Jumu’ah) at the landmark national church. Representatives from five Muslim groups addressed the gathering both preceding and following the prayers, which were said in the north transept, an area of the Cathedral with arches and limited iconography. Cathedral staff identified the transept as “an ideal space—almost mosque-like—with the...

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Washington National Cathedral will host first ever Muslim Prayer Service

Nov 13, 2014 by

By David Virtue, VOL: In a move designed to send shivers down the spines of orthodox Episcopalians still in the Episcopal Church, the flagship Washington National Cathedral, known more for presidential funerals and other high profile services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday. Writing in the “Washington Post”, Michelle Boorstein said organizers told her that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday...

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Episcopal Church dropped 6% in ASA in 2013 over 2012

Oct 9, 2014 by

By David Virtue and Mary Ann Mueller, VOL: The Episcopal Church dropped six percent in domestic Average Sunday Attendance from 2012 to 2013, with every diocese except one experiencing decline. Only Western North Carolina saw a slight uptick in membership (72); ASA (44); and pledging ($282,000). Based on bar graph calculations, overall domestic ASA figures in 2012 (including South Carolina) were 640,142. Approximate figures for 2013 are 611,575 — a drop of 28,567 (without South Carolina...

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