Friday, February 10, 2006

Truro Church Remains Committed to Departed Mission

Following the Feb. 6 announcement that an assembly from the congregation of Holy Spirit Church, Ashburn, had voted unanimously to leave the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia the day before, the senior warden of Truro Church, Fairfax, said he anticipated no significant change to the future relationship between his parish and the mission congregation Truro planted about five years ago.

In announcing their departure, the Rev. Clancy Nixon, vicar of Holy Spirit, said he and the congregation of about 200 members had already transferred their allegiance to the Rt. Rev. Benezeri Kisembo, Bishop of Ruwenzori in the Anglican Church of Uganda. While saddened by the departure, Jim Oakes, senior warden at Truro, told The Living Church the strong bonds of familial affection and financial support between the two congregations will probably not be affected.

“We have watched with almost parental joy as [Fr.] Nixon was raised up from our congregation,” Mr. Oakes said. “The church went from nothing to where it is today in just five years and they have continued to grow since the 2003 General Convention. We will continue to feel as though they are part of our family.”

The rest-The Living Church


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