Saturday, June 1, 2013

St. Francis property in Turlock Episcopal once again

From San Joaquin-

Without fanfare or ceremony, the Episcopal congregation in Turlock received the keys to the parish property of St. Francis on Friday and will hold its first service there Sunday, with a larger celebratory service June 9.

The small Episcopal congregation left the parish in 2007 after 40 of 47 parishes in the San Joaquin Diocese, including St. Francis, voted to split from the national Episcopal church over theological issues, such as the ordination of gay clergy and the interpretation of Scripture. The parishes, from Stockton to Bakersfield, remained part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and changed their names from Episcopal to Anglican.

For the past 5½ years, two St. Francis congregations have existed — St. Francis Episcopal, which met in rented space, and St. Francis Anglican, which remained in the parish property on Main Street, valued in 2010 at about $1.9 million.

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