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UPDATE: Noting quite clearly that The Episcopal Church and its leadership "have failed to uphold the teaching and authority of Holy Scripture, have challenged or belittled core doctrines of the Christian faith, have refused to conform to the agreed teaching and discipline of the Anglican faith, have refused to conform to the agreed teaching and discipline of the Anglican Communion, and have rejected the godly counsel of the leaders of the Communion," the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy voted overwhelmingly to separate from The Episcopal Church and join the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.
Voting by order, the clergy voted 41 to 14 and the lay delegates voted 54 to 12 in affirming the resolution that spelled out the reasons for the proposed separation. The clergy and lay leaders then voted overwhelmingly (clergy: 46 to 4 and Lay delegates: 55 to 8) to join the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.
Anglican Archbishop Gregory Venables, in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, welcomed the diocese into the province by letter and, with the retirement of the bishop, appointed Standing Committee member, the Rev. Canon Ed den Blaauwen as Vicar General of the diocese.
The Diocesan Synod continues on Saturday, Nov. 8.