Twenty-First Century Excommunication: Episcopalian Style
Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway has a fantastic article today in the Wall Street Journal’s Houses of Worship section, titled, Twenty-First Century Excommunication . It is a fascinating insight into what’s going on now in the ECUSA as it handles dissenters. Apparently, the ECUSA, a church body that continues to experience declining numbers of adherents, still has enough funds left in its investments to effectively hunt down and persecute dissenting congregations. Here’s a snippet of the article:
When the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, N.Y., left the Episcopal Church over disagreements about what the Bible says about sexuality, the congregation offered to pay for the building in which it worshiped. In return the Episcopal Church sued to seize the building, then sold it for a fraction of the price to someone who turned it into a mosque. The congregation is one of hundreds that split or altogether left the Episcopal Church—a member of the Anglican Communion found mostly in the United States—after a decades-long dispute over adherence to scripture erupted with the consecration of a partnered gay bishop in 2003. But negotiating who gets church buildings hasn’t been easy. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said she’d rather have these properties become Baptist churches or even saloons than continue as sanctuaries for fellow Anglicans.