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The historic sanctuary of The Falls Church, constructed in the 1760s. (Photo credit: The Falls Church Anglican)

Same-Sex Blessings Arrive at Falls Church Episcopal

August 25, 2014

A church property won from departing Anglicans in a lawsuit by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has hosted its first blessing of a same-sex union.

Evangelical congregants at New Hope Baptist Church are set to share space with Epiphany Episcopal Church in Herndon, Virginia beginning later this month. (Photo: New Hope Baptist)

Seeking Cash, Virginia Episcopalians Make Way for Evangelical Tenants

July 17, 2014

Like the 1968 film “The Odd Couple,” a group of liberal Episcopalians, recently divorced from Anglican former parishioners, is looking to share space with some Korean Southern Baptists.

Author and Princeton Religion Professor Elaine Pagels at a 2013 lecture (Photo: Westar Institute)

Virginia Episcopalians Delve into Gnostic Gospel, Historical Jesus

March 21, 2014

The Historical Jesus is an enigma, according to a Princeton University professor and author who spoke on the Gnostic gospel of Thomas to an audience of Virginia Episcopalians March 13-14.

Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

Early Warning Signs of Diminished Support at Virginia Seminary?

February 19, 2014

Long considered safe from decline that diminished many of its peers, the largest of the Episcopal Church’s seminaries may be showing warning signs that its funding is drying up.

Virginia Bishop Shannon Johnston (center) presides over a same-sex blessing ceremony in November for Leslie Hague (Left) and Katie Casteel (Right).

Virginia Episcopal Bishop Conducts Same-Sex Blessing

December 4, 2013

One year after Shannon Johnston authorized the blessing of same-sex unions in the Diocese of Virginia, the Episcopal Church Bishop has presided over a ceremony for a clergywoman in the diocese.

A praise and worship team kicks off services of The Rock Christian Center as the congregation meets Sunday, September 8 in the main sanctuary of the Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia. (Photo Credit: The Rock Christian Center)

Properties in Hand, Episcopalians Turn Over Sanctuaries to… Evangelicals?

September 10, 2013

In two instances, properties disputed in Episcopal Church litigation are now being used by Evangelical churches that hold a high view of scripture and teach a traditionalist interpretation of the Bible.


Bishop Spong’s “Non-Literal” Good Friday

April 2, 2013

Follow Jeff Walton on Twitter. Less than a month after sponsoring an event for Virginia Episcopal clergy featuring a speaker who denies both the afterlife and unique divinity of Christ, Bishop Shannon Johnston of…


Virginia Episcopalians Spotlight Jesus Seminar’s Dominic Crossan

March 12, 2013

Just in time for Easter, Virginia Episcopalians hosted a Jesus Seminar radical who denies that Jesus was uniquely divine or physically rose from the dead.


Episcopal Church: I’ve Got 99 Problems but a Priest Shortage Ain’t One

December 27, 2012

On a Saturday morning earlier this month a gathering of 900 supporters from across the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia crowded into the main sanctuary of the Falls Church Episcopal (won from departing Anglicans in…


Historic Virginia Congregation to Begin Same-Sex Blessings

November 8, 2012

A historic Episcopal parish that counts President George Washington and Confederate General Robert E. Lee among its past congregants will soon begin performing same-gender blessings. Rector Pierce Klemmt of Christ Church in Old Town…


Priest Recalled from Sudan to Lead Worship at Falls Church Episcopal

June 25, 2012

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post identified Stanley as “openly lesbian”. Rev. Stanley has written to clarify that she is heterosexual (see comments section below). The continuing Episcopal congregation of the Falls Church…


When the Pastor Says It’s ‘A Time to Sow’

March 23, 2009

Fred Barnes March 23, 2009 The following article originally appeared on the Wall Street Journal website, and is reproduced with permission. In 2007, my wife Barbara and I left The Falls Church, which we had happily…