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2006-06-16 20:46:57

By Michael Conlon COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - A key committee trying to craft the U.S. Episcopal Church's response to the anger and alienation caused by the consecration of an openly gay bishop wrestled with disagreements on Friday over how to apologize and what to promise for the future. "I do not regret the decision we made," said committee co-chairman the Rev. Frank Wade, referring to the church's consecration three years ago of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the first bishop...

2006-06-15 15:20:50

By Michael Conlon COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - While debate over homosexuality dominates news coming from the U.S. Episcopal Church's triennial convention, matters ranging from opposition to the Iraq war to a demand that the Guantanamo prison be closed are also on the agenda. Those and other issues are among dozens of proposed resolutions working their way through legislative-style committees. On Thursday, one panel took up a number of disparate Middle East resolutions. One urges...

2006-06-14 21:39:17

By Michael Conlon COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church, trying to quell the storm it created by consecrating the first openly gay bishop in Anglican church history, was showered with calls on Wednesday to repudiate the action and pleas not to abandon gays and lesbians. "Are we courageous enough to recognize Christ in the lives of our gay and lesbian neighbors?" asked Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, whose elevation to the episcopate in 2003 set off turmoil in...

2006-06-10 07:10:21

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church faces a fractious debate next week over the controversy caused by the consecration of the church's first openly gay bishop, which has rubbed raw relations with fellow Anglicans worldwide. The Church leadership has crafted proposals it believes will address concerns within the 2.3 million-member U.S. church and from abroad. But before the nine-day triennial General Convention opens in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, some...

2006-05-08 13:15:02

Please read in fourth paragraph ... Gene Robinson ... instead of ... Eugene Robinson ... A corrected version follows: By Duncan Martell SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Episcopal Diocese of California on Saturday avoided widening a rift over gays in the global Anglican Communion by electing a heterosexual man as its next bishop. More than 1,000 clergy and laypeople packed Grace Cathedral in San Francisco's tony Nob Hill neighborhood to elect the Rt. Rev. Mark Andrus as successor to...

2006-05-06 17:17:51

By Duncan Martell SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Episcopal Diocese of California on Saturday avoided widening a rift over gays in the global Anglican Communion by electing a heterosexual man as its next bishop. More than 1,000 clergy and laypeople packed Grace Cathedral in San Francisco's tony Nob Hill neighborhood to elect the Rt. Rev. Mark Andrus as successor to longtime Bishop William Swing, who is retiring after 27 years. Two openly gay men and one lesbian were among the seven...

2006-05-06 15:23:36

By Duncan Martell SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Three openly gay candidates for Episcopal Bishop of California trailed in early voting on Saturday, signaling that members may avoid widening a rift over homosexuality in the global Communion. Clergy and laypeople packed Grace Cathedral in San Francisco's tony Nob Hill neighborhood to elect a successor to longtime Bishop William Swing, who is retiring. After two rounds of voting were announced, the Right Rev. Mark Andrus of Alabama, who is...

2006-05-06 12:13:45

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Episcopal Diocese of California began voting on Saturday to elect a new bishop and could widen the rift over homosexuality within the global Anglican Communion of 77 million if it selected one of three openly gay candidates. No gay or lesbian cleric has been elected bishop since the consecration of Eugene Robinson in 2003 as bishop of New Hampshire threw the U.S. church and the worldwide family of Anglican churches into turmoil. Clergy and laypeople...

2006-05-04 13:18:02

By Duncan Martell SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When the Episcopal Diocese of California elects a bishop on Saturday, it could widen the rift over homosexuality within the global Anglican Communion because three of the seven candidates are openly gay. No gay or lesbian cleric has been elected bishop since the consecration of Eugene Robinson in 2003 as bishop of New Hampshire threw the U.S. church and the worldwide family of Anglican churches into turmoil. "This is being watched...

2006-04-07 18:35:00

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO -- A panel to address divisions caused by the U.S. Episcopal Church's consecration of an openly gay bishop recommended on Friday that the church be very cautious about doing so again and make a fresh statement of apology and repentance. The group's report said its members were divided over whether to go farther and instruct the 2.3-million-member church to "refrain" from putting gays into the episcopate, but in the end settled on telling members to use "very...