Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Anglican Minister Ordained in Central New York

Here's an Article from the Syracuse Post Standard on an Anglican Ordination today in Syracuse that I wish I could have attended. Blessings and prayers for Fr. Jeff Altman.

Jeffrey Altman will be ordained an Anglican priest today in a ceremony that reflects Central New York's role in the nationwide growth of a separate Anglican church in the United States.

Altman will lead Sunday services at Westside Anglican Fellowship, a Geddes congregation of about 25 people who began worshipping together after their former congregation, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Syracuse, split from the local Episcopal Diocese. They meet at Syracuse Vineyard Church.

It is one of dozens of breakaway congregations that have started Anglican communities in the five years since the U.S. Episcopal Church consecrated an openly gay bishop. FourÕ7AltmanÕ groups from three churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York have split from the 2.2 million-member national Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the 80 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion.

The breakaway groups have aligned themselves with orthodox Anglican branches, most of them in Africa.

Earlier this month, the Diocese of Pittsburgh left the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of San Joaquin, Calif., has also done so, and at least two more dioceses expect to vote to leave the denomination....more

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