Friday, December 22, 2006

Anglican Splinter Group: Vote not 'Anti-Gay'
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Dec. 22 2006

Congregations who stepped out of the Episcopal Church were welcomed Thursday into their new Anglican home – the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.

The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns of Truro Church in Fairfax, Va., one of the largest churches that split from the U.S. church body on Sunday, addressed a letter to the new CANA congregations expressing optimism for the future.

"Your congregational votes were a remarkable testimony to your desire to find a way to continue to remain true to your call as faithful Christians within the Anglican tradition," said Minns, who was appointed as missionary bishop by the Church of Nigeria earlier this year to lead the splinter group.

"I am delighted that we will be walking together into an exciting future."Eight congregations broke from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia this week over the controversial issue of homosexual ordination and marriage and voted to affiliate with the Church of Nigeria.
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