THE TALE OF TWO CHURCHES

Strife over Episcopal policy on gay clergy split one congregation. How many other schisms will follow?

AT 7 A.M. ONE RECENT SUNDAY, Larry Finney, John Tomlinson and George Harrison, like carnies setting up a tent, began repurposing the cafeteria at the Loganville, Ga., middle school. First they carried in a dozen fake potted plants; then they replaced the lunch tables with a set of heavy risers. Next came an electric organ, boxes full of things like altar cloths and processional candles, and a rack bearing priestly vestments. By 9 o'clock the cafeteria was no longer a cafeteria; it was the sanctuary of the Holy Cross Anglican Church, where the priest, a magnetic 45-year-old named Foley Beach, led...

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