[The News & Observer] 11 July 2007--The divisiveness of the issue is exactly what has prevented some religious communities, such as St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Raleigh, from pursuing similar discernment processes, said Rector Greg Jones.
"My position is that this parish isn't called to do it, and I wouldn't do it," Jones said. "We don't want to force a decision that is frankly new and challenging and out of line with what most Christians have historically done."
In addition to the actions of local parishes, the actions of the broader Episcopal Church have caused some ire within the Anglican community. The appointment of the openly gay bishop, the Rev. Gene Robinson, in 2003 helped spur an Anglican "ultimatum," which calls for a clarification of the Episcopal Church's stance on gay issues by Sept. 30.