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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Watertown Episcopal Church leaves denomination



In his 2007 Annual Report, Rev. Allyn Benedict ripped the modern Episcopal Church to shreds.

Significant news today in Connecticut's religion and culture wars: Christ Church in Watertown has left the Episcopal Church.

It was the last Sunday service at Christ Church. Unable to go "further in a church that continued in a false gospel," the entire congregation, including the rector and church leaders, will sever ties with the national Episcopal Church and reform under a new name: New Hope Anglican Church.

One of the "Connecticut six," the half-dozen churches in the state diocese that disagree with national leadership on departure of scripture, including the appointment of a gay bishop, the congregation will trade its historic building on the town green for a free community room at the Thomaston Savings Bank around the corner.

The Sunday service will be held at the bank, starting Jan. 6, until they find or build another house of worship.

"We need to celebrate today, but we need to recognize there is a dying," the Rev. Allyn Benedict said in his final homily at the church. Reading off an overhead projector, church members sang hymns enthusiastically, clapping and raising hands in acknowledging their faith. They hugged one another, wishing peace.


Read the rest here from the Courant. Channel 8 reports that they will give up the $7 million property.

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