Survey Assesses Where Episcopalians Stand in Anglican Divide
By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Sep. 12 2007
A group of orthodox Episcopalians is circulating a survey to lay people across the nation to assess how the 2.4-million member Episcopal Church might divide in the weeks ahead.
The Anglican Laity Fellowship (ALF) – formerly known as Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion – sent out the survey to gauge the magnitude of the changes in The Episcopal Church as the denomination remains divided over homosexuality and Christian orthodoxy.
"For the first time in 40 years, the crisis has produced a really clear sense of where the opposing sides stand," said a statement by ALF.
While still a minority, a growing group of parishes have voted to dissociate from The Episcopal Church – the U.S. branch of Anglicanism – and joined conservative offshoots set up in the United States by African Anglican leaders. Those that left said they want to remain faithful to the worldwide Anglican Communion and thus cannot remain in The Episcopal Church, which conservatives say has departed from Anglican tradition. the rest