[Times Online] 6 Oct 2008--Two local Episcopal ministers expressed relief Thursday that a split from the Episcopal Church of America was finally over and hoped that churches could now return to their true mission: serving God.
The Pittsburgh diocese overwhelmingly voted to leave the mother church after a long-standing schism.The Rev. Scott Homer of Trinity Episcopal Church in Beaver and the Rev. Langdon Pegram of Christ Episcopal in New Brighton described a somber moment after the decision.
“There was not one cheer,” Homer said. “This was not something we chose to do lightly, and we’ve got friends on both sides.”
Neither would reveal their secret votes, but both supported the breakaway, saying it was done only as a last-ditch effort. The national church, they said, forced their hand by stymieing efforts for the diocese to retain traditional beliefs.
They said all Episcopal churches in Beaver County — there are at least eight — probably supported the measure.