Monday, March 12, 2018

Neighboring congregations support exiled church’s return to Newport Beach campus

From Orange County-

Members of neighboring Episcopal congregations said during an emotional public forum Saturday morningMarch 10, in Laguna Hills that they would like to see St. James the Great Episcopal Church return to the building on Via Lido in Newport Beach.

Members of the 72-year-old Newport Beach congregation have managed to stay and worship together in the last three years, since June 2015, when they were evicted by then-Bishop J. Jon Bruno, who determined the church wasn’t financially viable, and decided to sell that piece of prime real estate to a developer who wanted to build luxury condominiums on it.

But, that sale fell through and Bruno was disciplined by the national church last year following a misconduct hearing where he faced allegations that his conduct with regard to St. James was “unbecoming of a member of the clergy.”

Bruno retired in November and was succeeded by the Most Rev. John Taylor, who presided over Saturday’s public hearing — the goal of which was to get input from other Episcopal churches in the area about reinstating St. James as a congregation within the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and to find out if there really is a need for one more Episcopal church in that part of Orange County.

At the hearing were also members of the diocese’s Standing Committee, who are set to make a recommendation after their March 21 meeting regarding whether St. James congregants should return to their home church in Newport Beach.

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