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February 02 2004 By virtueonline NORTH CAROLINA: Episcopalians back local bishop on gay bishop vote

"I think the Episcopalian Church is very strong and we have many more thing s in common than we have differences," delegate John Lansche of Charlotte said of Friday's actions. "To me, this says the delegates are behind the bishop."

The Diocese of North Carolina is one of three Episcopal dioceses in the state and includes most of the state's largest congregations, in Charlotte, the Piedmont Triad and the Triangle.

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February 02 2004 By virtueonline ALBANY NY: Bishop acts to avert 'internal warfare'

The bishop, under fire from some who say the move could split the church, also predicted victory on that step in a vote by diocesan clergy and lay leaders at the annual convention scheduled for June.

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February 02 2004 By virtueonline FLORIDA: Episcopal unity in state is in danger

Clarifying his own place in the disagreement after months of silence, the newly installed bishop said he would not ordain active homosexuals or allow their unions to be celebrated, but promised to oppose any limits on the diocese's participation in the national Episcopal Church.

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"If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy," said the Rt. Rev. Peter J. Lee to 500 Episcopalians meeting for the annual diocesan council at the Hyatt Regency in Reston.

"For as a heretic, you are only guilty of a wrong opinion," Bishop Lee said, quoting Presbyterian scholar James McCord. "As a schismatic, you have torn and divided the body of Christ. Choose heresy every time."

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February 01 2004 By virtueonline CHURCH OF ENGLAND: Synod to consider women bishops

The Rt Revd Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, England, has chaired
the working party on the Theology of Women in the Episcopate since it
was created in July 2000, and the culmination of its work has resulted
in a report being drafted for consideration. The House of Bishops of the
Church of England met this week in the lead up to the annual February
gathering of the General Synod in London, and one of the items on their

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February 01 2004 By virtueonline Anglican Cleric comes to the rescue of US network

The result meant the formal establishment of the Network of Anglican
Communion Dioceses and Parishes (NACDP) at its organising convocation in
Texas on Jan 19-20.

The NACDP "will operate within the constitution of the Episcopal Church
an d in full fellowship with the vast majority of the Anglican
Communion," stated its Moderator, the Rt Rev Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh.

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February 01 2004 By virtueonline SOUTH CAROLINA: All Saints Dissidents Hope to Worship in Old Church

"Any kind of public controversy is not a good thing," Salmon said. "The
church is in turmoil on a number of matters, and that turmoil has
expressed itself at Pawleys Island. We need to be sure we do not say
anything about the other people involved and focus on what the Lord wants."

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February 01 2004 By virtueonline CENTRAL FLORIDA: St. John's Departure from the Episcopal Church

Miller and Schultz spoke to members gathered for the church's Annual
Meeting, which typically meets for an hour, and announced that, due to
the gravity of the decision placed before the members, the Annual
Meeting would be extended to include a three-hour session scheduled for
1:00 4:00pm January 31, 2004. Present to address parish members at the
later gathering will be the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Florida,

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February 01 2004 By virtueonline ALABAMA: Bishop Parsley Opposes Protest Group

"This is unfortunate," Parsley, head of the Diocese of Alabama, said
about the formation of the network. "We do not need `a church within a
church.' As the New Testament bears witness, we are to be the church
together, with inevitable differences of opinion at times."

Three of Alabama's largest Episcopal churches had priests at a meeting
in Texas to learn about formation of the network.

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January 30 2004 By virtueonline Congregations' split is like painful divorce

"I would prefer to stay," said Vander Poest, 69, a retired junior high school teacher. "But it's not about me, it's about God."

To stay true to her faith, Vander Poest says, she must give up her daughter's grave just as Abraham agreed to follow God's orders to sacrifice his son, Isaac.

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