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No Right to Rest for Weary Anglicans

Why churches like St. James in Newport Beach still need support from worshipers who have left the battle.

Such is the fatigue over the Anglican-Episcopal splintering that two weekends ago, when the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles consecrated the denomination's second partnered gay bishop, the event didn't make a blip on many evangelical news websites. Also largely unnoticed was the previous week's press release from St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach, California, stating that it would appeal the latest California Court of Appeal ruling in its property dispute with the Episcopal Church. Christianity Today reported on St. James's court case as recently as January, but for embattled congregations, months can feel like years.

St. James broke ties with the Episcopal Church and briefly joined the Anglican Diocese of Luwero, Uganda, in 2004 before becoming a member of the Anglican Church of North America last year. The court case is set to determine who gets its building and other assets.

Those of us with any investment in these matters cannot succumb to our weariness if we deign to call ourselves ...

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