Episcopalians urge against diocese breaking away
The Orlando Sentinel
Mark I. Pinsky
July 30, 2006
Concerned about their fracturing denomination, about 150 Central Florida Episcopalians packed the sanctuary of St. Richard's Episcopal Church on Saturday.
'We take no position on Scripture or theology or morals,' said Donna Bott, a leader of a group called Episcopal Voices of Central Florida, which sponsored the meeting. 'We are just Episcopalians.'
More than anything else, the crowd was determined that the 44,000-member Diocese of Central Florida not break away from the Episcopal Church, USA, over the issue of sexuality.
The crowd represented 23 area congregations. Nearly 20 priests also attended the meeting, which drew many more people than sponsors expected.
On June 29, the diocese's governing board voted unanimously to ask the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion to name a foreign leader to oversee its affairs. the rest