St. Francis on the Hill seeks God's will: Controversial climb nears apex

A theological disagreement between a local church and its former diocese has become a drawn-out, draining legal quarrel over a church building.

In November 2008, leaders of the now St. Francis on the Hill Anglican Church broke away from the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande over a theological dispute over foundational doctrines as salvation through Christ alone and the authority of the Bible. Also highly controversial was the 2003 ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson.

It was the second church in El Paso to break away from the diocese over the same issues.

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One comment on “St. Francis on the Hill seeks God's will: Controversial climb nears apex

  1. MichaelA says:

    [blockquote] “‘In 2007 St. Francis on the Hill had approximately 400 members. However, we lost 25 percent of our members, roughly 100 parishioners, because of the theological changes instituted by the Episcopal Church,’ he said.
    As of May this year, St. Francis had grown about 38 percent from 2008, to 416 members.” [/blockquote]
    That is impressive growth, despite the burden of an impending law suit. May it continue.