Read it all.
Terrific discussion and dialog between representatives of the two branches of the church. Thanks for posting.
“Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, establish it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of him who died and rose again. . . .”
St James is discussed here but two others are mentioned. Would someone name them and what deal they made. Thanks. Statmann
The two parishes are St Christopher’s Warrendale and St Thomas Barnesboro — two very different communities. St Thomas was closed long before realignment (early 2000s) due to dwindling membership. It is located in a former coal mining town in a very rural county. Why the TEC Diocese thinks they can successfully restart a church here is baffling. St Christopher’s abandoned their building in February and began worshiping in a unoccupied RC church. The St Christopher’s building is located in a shopping/commercial area of a suburban township: there are no neighborhoods nearby. The building is ugly 1960s vintage. The congregation is evangelistic and mission minded and didn’t want to be beholden to TEC so they moved. So TEC is opening three church buildings all from scratch –no people.
David Wilson+ Thank you very much. Statmann
I concur, thanks David Wilson+. Its all very curious.
On David’s blog about this matter, Ethanasius stated, “I’m a bit perplexed as to why these three particular congregations were considered for re-opening and not, say, Beaver Falls, which has also surrendered its property to TEC.”
When St. Mary’s in downtown Beaver Falls closed and was deconsecrated in Bp Hathaway’s time, many of the families who had been there chose to attend services in the parishes of Trinity, Beaver, or Christ Church, New Brighton, rather than go to the newly developing Christ the King.
I think the decision by the Anglican parish of Christ the King to move away from their College Hill location to share one with another denomination closer to Geneva College is a healthy one, better serving the student community from the nearby campus who choose to worship in an Anglican tradition. From my understanding, that’s the major focus of that parish outreach, and I admire them for that..