A Wisconsin congregation has decided to leave the Episcopal Church to join a more conservative branch of the world Anglican Communion.
St. Edmund's Episcopal Church of Elm Grove is joining the new Anglican Church in North America. Milwaukee's Episcopal Bishop Steven Miller says he is disappointed by the announcement. He adds that members can leave a parish, but parishes cannot leave the diocese. That makes the future of St. Edmund's uncertain, since Miller says the diocese owns the church property.
St. Edmund's spokeswoman Marsha Ohlgart says the 125-member congregation is aware of the conflict. She says it owns the land and rectory but is uncertain about the church.