Four years ago, a small group of former Episcopalians - disheartened with the denomination - huddled in a Torrance living room for church services led by a Nigerian priest.
After the ordination of a gay bishop in 2003, these and other conservative members left the Episcopal Church, the U.S. arm of the historic Anglican Communion. They formed their own churches aligned with Anglican dioceses in Africa that shared their views on biblical teaching.
Now, as the organizational structure of this fledgling Anglican body in the United States takes shape, the local congregations are planting roots in local communities and hiring American priests.
This Sunday, the local Anglican church, Christ Our Savior, will hold services in its first permanent home in Old Torrance. The Rev. Dale Smith, a former Episcopal priest from South Pasadena, has led the church for more than a year.
"It's been a difficult time for more than 50 years during this gradual split," Smith said.
After 2003, he said, "We knew there were effectively two churches, one that believed the historic faith and one that didn't." To read more, click here.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Anglicans find a home in Old Torrance
Posted by Robin G. Jordan at 12:41 PM