New Haven pastor leaves Episcopal Diocese

ContributedNEW HAVEN — Just when it seems The Episcopal Church has overcome the rifts surrounding homosexuality, a New Haven pastor announced that he will be leaving the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut to join the Anglican Church in North America.

Rev. Geoffrey A. Little of St. James Episcopal Church in New Haven, and his wife Blanca, said goodbye to their parish on Sunday and will be heading to Fair Haven to begin a new ministry.

Their new church will be called All Nations Christian Church and will be affiliated with the ACNA.

In the fall they also plan to open a school. Until now Blanca has run the St. James Christian Academy.

They told the New Haven Register that they believe 90 percent of the St. James congregation will follow them to their new church.

The ACNA will give Little a refuge as an Anglican who does not accept what he sees as the Episcopal Church’s departure from biblical authority and moral principles, including acceptance of homosexuality, according to the Register.

Bishop Ian T. Douglas, who has reached out to Connecticut’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, released a statement this weekend regarding Little’s decision.

“While I respect Geoff’s decision and accept his resignation, I am deeply saddened by this turn of events.  Geoff has been a good and faithful priest in the Diocese of Connecticut for close to two decades.  His departure will leave us diminished in our witness to the Gospel and service to God’s mission, particularly among Spanish-speaking people in New Haven.  Geoff is a man of great integrity who has a profound commitment to discipling all people, and a passion for mission.  I will miss him as a priest of this Diocese,” he wrote.

Starting July 4, supply clergy will be provided on Sundays at St. James’ Church to lead worship.

Little has also been leading Ascension Church in New Haven. Suffragan Bishop Laura Ahrens will ultimately decide what will happen to the two parishes.

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