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ATTLEBORO, MASS: All Saints, Attleboro, Leaves Episcopal Church, Joins AMiA
By David Virtue
ATTLEBORO, MA: All Saints Episcopal Church, a 500-member orthodox congregation in the ultra-liberal diocese of Massachusetts, has voted through its rector and vestry to leave The Episcopal Church and affiliate with the evangelical Anglican Mission in America. This is the second parish following St. Paul’s, Brockton that has left the TEC for the AMIA with its rector the Rev. Dr. Jim Hiles.
“It’s been coming for some time,” said The Rev. Dr. Lance Guiffrida, 54, parish rector, citing the Episcopal Church’s moral and theological stances that have significantly departed from Holy Scripture.
“Our case is before the Diocesan Standing Committee. We have had no comment from the bishop’s office,” Guiffrida told VOL.
“We are hopeful; we are looking to negotiate the acquisition of our property. They have agreed to meet with us and that is a positive sign,” he said.
Asked if he would fight for the property in court, Guiffrida said, “We won’t go to court; we are prepared to walk away.”
“The vote by myself and the vestry was unanimous,” he said. Guiffrida told parishioners in an Oct. 1 letter that the leadership was seeking negotiations with the Bishop of Massachusetts, the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, III SSJE.