St James Newport Beach supported by other churches


Update on the possible return to their former building of St James the Great Episcopal Church from the OC Register:

Members of neighboring Episcopal congregations said during an emotional public forum Saturday morning March 10, in Laguna Hills that they would like to see St. James the Great Episcopal Church return to the building on Via Lido in Newport Beach.

Members of the 72-year-old Newport Beach congregation have managed to stay and worship together in the last three years, since June 2015, when they were evicted by then-Bishop J. Jon Bruno, who determined the church wasn’t financially viable, and decided to sell that piece of prime real estate to a developer who wanted to build luxury condominiums on it.

At the hearing were also members of the diocese’s Standing Committee, who are set to make a recommendation after their March 21 meeting regarding whether St. James congregants should return to their home church in Newport Beach. Those who spoke during Saturday’s hearing, be it members of St. James or members of the neighboring churches, overwhelmingly supported the congregation’s return to the Newport Beach property.

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Charles Primrose
Charles Primrose

The hearing was held according to Diocesan Canon I, which provides that, when it is desired to establish a new mission (the St. James congregation previously was apparently a mission station, not a mission,), an application is filed with the bishop (which I understand St. James did).

Upon receipt, notice is to be given to the clergy and clerk of the three closest congregations, who are given an opportunity to appear before the bishop and the standing committee at a time and place named in order to make any objections. Similar notice may be given to other parish clergy and clerks that the bishop feels may be affected by the application.

At the hearing, any person may oppose or support the application.

The diocesan procedures may be found at

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Eric Bonetti

A hearing? Given how often I have seen TEC act on the autocratic whim of clergy, why the sudden “due process?”

I agree with Mr. Knapp: The whole situation is profoundly embarassing.

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Kenneth Knapp
Kenneth Knapp

I don't like to take sides in these things but it seems to me that the whole Episcopal property dispute process has been barbaric. I have never been more embarrassed to be an Episcopalian.

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