Former Episcopalians thankful for court victories

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - The vice chairman of the Anglican District of Virginia, comprised of 23 congregations that have left the Episcopal Church, is thankful that court rulings so far have prevented the denomination from seizing their church buildings and property.

But Jim Oakes regrets what he sees as needless expense. He says
the money spent on litigation would have been enough to plant 60 to
70 new churches.

While the Episcopal Church has been losing members and entire dioceses, Oakes says the breakaway congregations are growing and
uniting to form an Anglican alternative in the U.S. that's committed to biblical orthodoxy.

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