Members of an Anglican parish in Penn Hills have quietly handed over their building to the rival Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, saying they couldn’t accept the ground rules for property negotiation and believed it was better to rent space in a different church nearby.
It’s the latest development in a split and legal dispute between the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. The Episcopal diocese said it didn’t ask the congregation to vacate St. James Church on Frankstown Road but will start its own services there. The Anglican pastor said he hoped to maintain good relationships with Episcopal colleagues.
“We’ll have a positive attitude about this move,” said the Rev. Doug Sherman, rector of St. James Anglican Church, which will now worship in Faith Community Church. “We made the right decision, and we’re excited. It’s hard leaving a building that you’ve been in for 50 years and that people have paid for. But we look forward to continuing our ministry in Penn Hills.”