Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Bittersweet Easter Post

On Easter, Christopher Johnson invited people who had left the Episcopal Church since 2003 to write of their experiences. A flood of responses came in and may be read there. It’s an interesting and bittersweet mix of accounts.

In case someone thinks these are just a few disgruntled people and not that many are leaving TEC, I will point out two things relevant to TEC lies membership statistics.

First, many (most?) people that leave a denomination do not bother to write a letter to be taken off the membership rolls. They should write in, but they don’t.

Second, those that do clearly communicate their leaving often are kept on the rolls anyway against their will! Read some of the interesting experiences here. As one commenter put it, “I’m trapped in the Episcopal Church and I can’t get out!”

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