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"A great divorce" Continued...

Issue: "Effective Compassion," June 16, 2012

Neither side sees that as a possibility, given the theological differences. "Certain things will never be the way they were," said Burt, the diocese's chief of staff who attended The Falls Church as a boy. "The objective here is not to hurt the [Anglican] congregation. ... The objective is to return Episcopal property to the Episcopal Church. We're hoping daily for [the Anglican church's] success." When I asked him about Jefferts Schori's comments saying essentially the opposite, he said, "I don't have a take on that ... we support our presiding bishop."

"This has cost us a lot. It has cost them too," Yates reflected. But Yates isn't too worried about his own congregation. He's more worried about the shepherding of the Episcopal congregation that is inhabiting the building after him. "It's sobering to think of the clergy who could come here," he said. He said that for a long time he has prayed that even if his congregation left, "the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed from this place."

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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