Wisconsin Congregation Breaks with Episcopal Church

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin congregation has decided to leave
the Episcopal Church to join a more conservative branch of the
world Anglican Communion.

St. Edmund's Episcopal Church of Elm Grove is joining the the new Anglican Church in North America.

Milwaukee's Episcopal Bishop Steven Miller says he's disappointed by the announcement. He adds that members can leave a parish, but parishes cannot leave the diocese. That makes the future of St. Edmund's uncertain, since Miller says the diocese owns the church property.

At. Edmund's spokeswoman Marsha Ohlgart says the 125-member
congregation is aware of the conflict. She says it owns the land and rectory but is uncertain about the church.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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