The Rev. Chuck Collins greets Susan and Bill Galbreath after Collins' last service at Christ Episcopal Church in late May. He retired over concerns about the national Episcopal Church's liberal changes, including approval of gay and lesbian clergy. JERRY LARAemail@example.com
In its storied 99-year history, Christ Episcopal Church has fashioned itself into a pillar of orthodox beliefs, Anglican heritage and charismatic fervor for spreading Christian salvation worldwide.
But in recent years, a gut-wrenching question has tested the bonds of this spiritual family.
Should it leave its parent organization, the Episcopal Church, for making unwelcome liberal changes by accepting openly gay and lesbian clergy and modernizing time-honored theology?