The San Joaquin Diocese’s vote Saturday to split from the National Episcopalian Church drew mixed reaction from local church leaders and parishioners.
Representatives of the diocese, which includes Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, voted 173-22 to leave the national church, realigning the diocese with the conservative Anglican Church of the Southern Cone, based in South America.
“I’m very happy the way the vote went,” said the Rev. Jim Stout of the Church of the Ascension in Copperopolis. “I’m deeply grieved for those that chose not to go in this direction. I pray they are not hurt by this process.”
The outcome of the vote on Saturday was overwhelmingly in favor of the split, with 173 voting in favor, compared to 22 who were opposed.
Local church leaders seem to be split on the issue.