The rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church recently removed one of the congregation’s most prominent members from her volunteer position, creating a painful division for church members.
The Rev. Chris Schuller dismissed Marion Fleming, a retired circuit judge and wife of a former rector, Peter Fleming, from a position known as “warden of the acolytes.”
Now the Flemings have decided to move from the Snell Isle church, which she has attended for more than 30 years, and which he pastored for 19. Last Sunday, Peter Fleming’s name was removed from church bulletins, which named him as “rector emeritus.”