Up to now, I did not think the actions of the current TEC General Convention would significantly increase the loss of members from that denomination. I thought so many conservatives have already left that there weren’t that many left to leave. Also, if what has occurred in recent years is not enough to make one depart . . . . Well, you’ve heard the jokes about the parishioner who fulminates that he’ll leave if there is one more abomination.
But this report from a South Dakota parish is making me think again. Good Shepherd, Sioux Falls has already lost a vestry member and three families before General Convention is officially over. This is only one parish, but it certainly makes one wonder what may be happening elsewhere.
Don’t expect much crying from the oh-so-inclusive crowd that now runs The Episcopal Church, however. There inclusivity excludes the orthodox. Their deletion of a conscience clause is just one indication of that. And many of them can barely constrain their glee at getting conservatives out of the way.
The Episcopal Church is certainly doing a good job of that.