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Viginia Episcopals Gather for the First Time Since Controversial Consecration

( [email protected] ) Jan 31, 2004 11:43 AM EST

Delegates from the 187 congregations in Virginia met for the first time since the controversial General Convention last year, where the national Episcopal Church voted to consecrate the first openly gay bishop. Following a 62-43 majority, Gene Robinson, who lived with a male partner for 13 years after a divorce with two children, was consecrated as bishop of New Hampshire on Nov. 2. During the 209th Annual Council of the Diocese, Friday, Jan. 30, in Reston Va, the delegates voted on diocesan church policy, budget and the committee of executives.