15 November 2006

Secession. (Updated)

The historic (and large and vibrant) Falls Church is seceding from the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church; the rector, Fr. John Yates, writes to the congregation:

To the family of The Falls Church

November 14, 2006

Dear Friends,

I want to inform you of the Vestry decision last night. First let me say how much I appreciated the attitude and tone of mutual love and respect that everyone demonstrated at the parish meeting Sunday afternoon. We all know these are terribly hard decisions, and you showed the love of Christ to one another in our time together. Your thoughtful, wise, and serious comments were very helpful to me and to the vestry in being able to come to a decision last night.

The decision of the vestry, as we met last night, was to recommend to the congregation that The Falls Church disaffiliate with The Episcopal Church and affiliate with the Anglican District of Virginia, an association of Virginia churches who are joining together to realign traditional Anglicans in Virginia. The district is part of CANA (the Convocation of Anglicans in North America), a branch of the Anglican Communion within the Church of Nigeria that has The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns as its Bishop. The vote was 15 aye, 2 nay, and 1 abstention.

The Vestry and I will be providing you with as much information as we can about the Anglican District of Virginia and CANA in the next few weeks. We will have two congregational informational meetings to explain and discuss these matters, as well as to go over the resolution and ballot, which we expect to use in the congregation-wide vote on this matter. . ."

Update: Likewise goeth Truro Church. TitusOneNine has many more updates and interesting and sometimes helpful comments (!?).


Blogger Thunder Jones said...

I wish someone would give ++Akinola a good kick in the drawers for all this CANA business. It seems to me to be gas on the fire rather than peace in the storm.

For it to be effective, it would probably have to be a theophany doing the kicking and even then ++Akinola might break communion his opponent.

15 November, 2006 23:05  
Blogger PSA+ said...

Actually, I think it's helpful. Fact is, there are very few places for traditional Anglicans to go to in America. I deal with this every time I go on vacation. Truro and Falls would have left with or without CANA, just as other parishes all around the country are. If some accomodation isn't reached among the Primates in February - behold, la deluge.

16 November, 2006 11:06  

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