St. Luke's - one of the original lighthouse churches in the Episcopal Church renewal movement and former parish of Nine O'Clock on the Morning author Dennis Bennett will officially split this month, with 3/4 of the parish and its rector leaving to form a new Anglican church plant in Seattle, Washington.
In 1960, The Rev. Dennis Bennett became the rector of St. Luke's after resigning from his church in Van Nuys, CA in a media firestorm that broke out over his experiences with the Holy Spirit, setting off the Episcopal Church renewal movement. Membership at St. Luke's increased dramatically after the publication of his landmark book, Nine O’clock in the Morning. He retired from St. Luke's in 1981 and spent the rest of his life preaching and teaching for church renewal.
SF has published the letter from the current rector here.