[The Living Church] 4 Jan 2008--Unable to go “further in a church that continued in a false gospel,” the entire congregation of historic Christ Church in Watertown, Conn., left The Episcopal Church at the end of the year. Title to deeds and property worth an estimated $7 million was deposited with the Diocese of Connecticut following the final service Dec. 30.
Christ Church was founded under the Church of England in 1764. In recent years, its rector, the Rev. Allyn Benedict, and the parish leadership were part of the “Connecticut Six” group of congregations which clashed with Bishop Andrew D. Smith of Connecticut over interpretation of scripture. The churches have ended a protracted legal battle with the bishop and diocese, and Christ Church became the fourth of the six congregations to leave.