Congregation of Episcopal church in Cloudcroft New Mexico leaves diocese

The clergy and congregation of the Episcopal mission Church of Ascension in Cloudcroft have split from the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande and joined the Anglican Province of Uganda.

The diocese said this week its trustees and standing committee were told of the decision last week.

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Update: A Diocesan press release on this matter is here.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of Uganda, Episcopal Church (TEC), TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Rio Grande, TEC Departing Parishes

9 comments on “Congregation of Episcopal church in Cloudcroft New Mexico leaves diocese

  1. Br_er Rabbit says:

    [blockquote] Services will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension on April 13, 2008 at 10:00 AM with The Very Reverend Kathy McNellis officiating. [/blockquote] Since the congregation numbered between 20 and 30, and the majority (presumably) have departed for Ugandan oversight, McNellis+ may need to bring some friends along to make sure she has someone with whom to celebrate the Eucharist.
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  2. Grandmother says:

    Br_er, thats been SOP from NH to CA.


  3. Br_er Rabbit says:

    Yeah, it’s a lonely job, but someone’s gotta do it.
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  4. Keith Bramlett says:

    I sure would like to get word to the departing clergy and congregation of the Episcopal mission Church of Ascension in Cloudcroft that we are having an Anglican Men’s Weekend in southern California May 16-18 lead by Archbishop Henry Orombi, with Bp. John Guernsey (Uganda), Bp. David Anderson (CANA), and Robinson Cavalcanti of Recife (Southern Cone). Also attending will be their previous bishop Terry Kelshaw.
    Oh……… since they are probably avid fans of T19, I just did let them know. Registration forms available on AAC, ACN and
    (Another shameless plug.)
    Br_er – I hear from the vicar in the Panama hat that you’ll be joining us for the day on Saturday. That’s great. See you then.

  5. TonyinCNY says:

    l celebrated the Eucharist in this church about 17 years ago while leading a youth retreat in Cloudcroft. It is a tiny church building and I would guess that 20 on a Sunday would be a good day unless the church has grown some over the years.

  6. Br_er Rabbit says:

    Tell the Vicar in the Panama Hat I’m looking forward to his visit to y’all southerners.
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  7. Dale Rye says:

    Re #1: Cloudcroft is basically a recreational community, so a sizable chunk of the average Sunday attendance is composed of tourists and people with primary homes elsewhere. Those folks are not members, so they would not be eligible to vote. Therefore, the impact of a majority of the members leaving the mission might not be to lower attendance by the same proportion. Out-of-town folks looking for an Episcopal Church are still going to find services at the Church of the Ascension. Those who are alienated from TEC would never have gone there in the first place.

  8. Br_er Rabbit says:

    I attended a TEC church (which became non-TEC) church in a recreational community for three years. The “sizable chunk” of visitors there never approached ten percent of the ASA. TEC may well wish to continue offering services for the two or three out-of-town visitors who show up in Cloudcroft. Such a wish will inevitably butt up against the hard realities of the financial exigencies of rent, clergy salaries, etc.
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  9. nwlayman says:

    Is there anything more Anglocatholic than a Private Mass?
    *****Sarcasm, elves******