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Inclusion of gays
on the agenda at Episcopal general convention

Inclusion of gays
on the agenda at Episcopal general convention

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The Episcopal Church's general convention opens today in Columbus, Ohio, at which the church's conservative wing will be pushing for repentance over consecrating openly gay bishop Gene Robinson (pictured) three years ago.

The Episcopal Church's general convention opens today in Columbus, Ohio, at which the church's conservative wing will be pushing for repentance over consecrating an openly gay bishop three years ago. The worldwide Anglican Communion remains roiled by the American branch's elevation of Gene Robinson to bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, and those concerned about a permanent schism in the church over gays are watching the triennial meeting of the Episcopal governing body closely, The Times of London reports. The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, recently warned in a lecture at a Virginia theological seminary that if the Episcopal Church did not agree at the convention to a moratorium on the ordination of gay priests and the blessing of same-sex unions, the Anglican Communion itself would split once and for all, according to The Times. He called the consecration of Robinson "alarming and distressing." Other conservatives are calling for Episcopals to repent for consecrating Robinson in the first place. In an article written for the orthodox Anglican Mainstream group, the Reverend Martyn Minns of Virginia says that he and the team he is bringing to the convention will "pray hard" for "repentance" for that action, according to The Times. Some of the 7,200 parishes and missions that make up the Episcopal Church have already left the church over the issue, but many people have also flocked to the church in support. What happens this week will likely increase the polarization. (The Advocate)

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