A Des Moines Anglican church is reaching out to disaffected Episcopalians. Two weekends in a row, the Des Moines Register carried a small box ad headlined “Episcopalian, we understand.” Archbishop Louis Falk, the leader of St Aidan’s Anglican church says the Anglicans were once allied to the Episcopalians as it was before 1975 or so.” In fact, it was archbishop Falk who led the defection of an estimated quarter-million Episcopalians who formed the Anglican church after the Episcopal leaders voted to ordain women. Now the Episcopalian bishops have voted to make an openly gay man a bishop in New England, the archbishop says more may decide to change churches. A few have called in response to the ad already, and he says Saint Aidens and Iowa’s anglicans will welcome them. Iowa’s Anglican church is advertising to reach out to Episcopalians who may consider leaving their own church. Archbishop Louis Falk says the event that sparked the decision to run a newspaper ad came during the recent conference of the Episcopalian House of Bishops. He says it was the confirmation of the election of a man to be bishop who was openly gay and living in a homosexual relationship, and also the decision of delegates to bless same-sex unions as if they were marriages. It was Archbishop Falk who led the departure of an estimated 250-thousand American members of the Episcopal church in the late 1970s, to form the Anglican church after the Episcopalians voted to let women become ministers.He doesn’t know if they’ll gain a lot of members, but wants people to know there’s a place (for Episcopalians) to come and they don’t have to stop going to church. St. Aidans is one of three Anglican churches in Iowa that have a total of about 100 members. They’ve advertised before over current issues, and this time a handful of parishioners suggested the church let disaffected Episcopalians know there’s a place they can go. Falk says the Anglican church has many more members in India, the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia and Australia.
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