Monday, October 27, 2008

Ordination spotlights church rift

[The Syracuse Post-Standard] 26 Oct 2008--Jeffrey Altman will be ordained an Anglican priest today in a ceremony that reflects Central New York's role in the nationwide growth of a separate Anglican church in the United States.

Altman will lead Sunday services at Westside Anglican Fellowship, a Geddes congregation of about 25 people who began worshipping together after their former congregation, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Syracuse, split from the local Episcopal Diocese. They meet at Syracuse Vineyard Church.

It is one of dozens of breakaway congregations that have started Anglican communities in the five years since the U.S. Episcopal Church consecrated an openly gay bishop. FourÕ7AltmanÕ groups from three churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York have split from the 2.2 million-member national Episcopal Church.

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