Skip to comments.[Canada] Anglicans: Church Divided
Posted on 07/13/2004 10:19:15 PM PDT by ahadams2
The following link is to the streaming video of the news report on CBC TVs July 12th Monday Night 6:35pm about St. Simon's.
Title: Anglicans: Church Divided
Gloria Makarenko, TV News Anchor: A North Vancouver Parish has been told it should find a new home. St. Simons Parish has been asked to leave its building because its minister refuses to fall in line with the churchs policy on same-sex marriage(blessing). Dana Bales has the details.
Dana Bales (Reporter): St. Simons Parish is raising a question of biblical proportions. Who owns the church: the parishioners, the priest, or the diocese?
Reverend Ed Hird: We dont see any need to leave the building because we own it. Our lawyer (Bob Kuhn) says that we have a good case for it.
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Dana Bales: In June 2002 the New Westminster Diocesan Synod voted to allow same-sex blessings. St. Simons parishioners didnt agree with that decision. So this March they officially split, leaving the Anglican Church of Canada.
Ed Hird+: The Bible clearly says that homosexual practise is contrary to Gods will.
Dana Bales: Agree or disagree, the diocese say that if you are going to leave the church, leave the church. The diocese says that the building belongs to the Anglican Church of Canada. In a letter, Bishop Ingham suggests that Reverend Hird seek out alternative worship space.
Ed Hird+: It appears to be a very gentle letter. But it basically means get out or well throw you out.
Dana Bales: The bishop sent the same letter to an Anglican Church on the Sunshine Coast, also split over same-sex blessings.
George Cadman (Diocesan Chancellor): They dont have the right to stay.
They have chosen to leave the Anglican Church of Canada. St. Simons is a parish within the Anglican Church of Canada.
Dana Bales: The legal title to the church is in the name of St. Simons and the congregation says: that means them.
Alex Yule (parishioner): Its our church. We own it; weve been here; weve worshipped here; and this is where we belong.
Bev Gibbs (parishioner): I think its very sad that the Anglican Church has gotten to this point. I think its very sad that were faced with losing our building simply because were following the truth that God has put into His Word, which weve been doing all our lives.
Dana Bales: Reverend Hird says that hes received calls from Anglican priests across Canada who disagree with same-sex blessings. Many havent split because they dont want to lose their places of worship. If St. Simons wins its fight, it could open the door for parishes across the country to leave and try and take their churches with them.
Dana Bales, CBC News, North Vancouver.
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Congregations have started splitting from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, which has a common communion with the ACC. However, parishes definitely own their buildings, lands, and other assets. They can also make their own local decisions on matters such as gay marriage without having to leave or have bishops impose.
I pray those ACC parishes get their assets. It will be quite a deserved setback to their bishop.
Just out of curiosity - where are the ELCC parishes going? Do they have their own organization, or are they joining other established Lutheran groups in their areas?
So far, all I've heard of is the departures. Some are looking for another denomination and some want to remain independent.