Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Newport Beach church at center of dispute denies family’s request for funeral of 60-year congregant

From Orange County-

The daughters of a long-time member of a displaced local congregation say they are disappointed by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’ decision to reject their request to hold their mother’s funeral service at their former church home.

Nancy Knight, who has been a member of St. James the Great Episcopal since 1956, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease April 7, her daughter Ellen Knight Gordon said Monday. She was 86.

The family told their pastor, the Rev. Cindy Voorhees, that they wanted to honor Knight’s wishes by holding her service at the church, where she had served as a volunteer for about 60 years. Three weeks after they made that request, the family heard from the diocese through an email: “This is not going to work.”

Diocesan officials did not give a reason why it wouldn’t work but offered to help the family find a different location. A spokesman for the diocese did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

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