[Fresno Bee] 18 Oct 2008--Next weekend's local diocesan conventions for Anglicans and Episcopalians will be times for celebrations -- and not to look back at the rift that led the Anglicans to break away from the U.S. Episcopal Church. Spiritually, both sides are getting past the split and moving in new directions.
"It's a lot more celebration; a lot less business," says the Rev. Bill Gandenberger, a spokesman for the Anglicans.
A spokesman for the Episcopalians, the Rev. Mark Hall, says, "People now are talking and having a good time building for unity and good conversation."
Both sides previously made up the Fresno-based Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. In December, however, it became the first U.S. diocese to secede from the Episcopal Church since the Civil War over differences about homosexuality and interpretation of the Bible.