MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin congregation has decided to leave the Episcopal Church to join a more conservative branch of the world Anglican Communion.BB NOTE: After finding a photo of the church building, it perhaps makes a bit more sense that there is differentiation by the different spokespersons between the land and the building. The building is obviously an architectural experiment (love the Midwest's architectural adventurism as Frank Lloyd Wright made so famous) and it could be that the diocese will want to fight for this interesting architectural rendition of a church. Or not. Maybe they'll just hire a truck and haul it away. It doesn't sound like the parish would be all that upset.
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.
LATER: Or would they? Visitors to St. Edmund's write that it was surprising to see the photo (the photo at the top of the story - not the one with the truck), which was taken in 1962. More to come. Stay tuned.
It does sort of boggle the mind to separate the buildings from the actual land (truck or no truck) - and perhaps even more so, to separate the buildings from their people. What if there was a giant roped off area where all the buildings that once had Episcopal signs out front could be hauled off to, like a used car lot, except for Episcopal church buildings? After all, it seems to be the buildings that 815 seems to be most concerned about in their lawsuits, certainly not the people, most especially not the people. Maybe if they just roped off an area - say, like, the entire State of Delaware for example - and just hauled all the buildings over there they'd get exactly what they've sued for. But the people would be gone - and what's a building without the people?
Check out Rowan Williams New Year's Address to find out. For where our treasure is, there shall our hearts be also.