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- n. Any Church whose organization is based around bishops; but especially any Church of the Anglican Communion
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- n. United States church that is in communication with the see of Canterbury
- n. an autonomous branch of the Anglican Communion in Scotland
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That's the core of Bates' argument, which is really a summary of what he calls The Episcopal Church's argument.
The congregation called the Episcopal Church's demand "mean-spirited" and an attempt to deny "the freedom of religious affiliation."
The Episcopal Church is the U.S. body in the 77 million-member Anglican Communion, a group of churches that trace their roots to the missionary work of the Church of England.
This week the Anglican Communion (comprised of The Church of England and those churches around the world in agreement with the Archbishop of Canterbury, including what's known as the Episcopal Church in the US) saw a significant faction break off from its base to form a new denomination.
(The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide church that has 80 million members.)
The law is clear: the Episcopal Church is a hierarchical church and as such all diocesan and parish property is held in trust for the national church.
Virginia is one of the founders of The Episcopal Church, which is actually called the Foreign and Domestic Missionary Society.
And I think that's part of the blessing of the Episcopal Church, which is that we can be together and have different opinions about how to move forward.
I found the Episcopal Church was the closest I was going to get to a perfect church.
This, too, is a stunning matter of conscious for the Episcopal Church, which is facing a sever test over equality for LGBT people.
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