Top Episcopal Church Officials: We Love New York!

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By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton)

An Episcopal Church executive oversight group has unanimously recommended against re-locating the denomination’s headquarters from New York City, citing “justice concerns” among the chief reasons to remain at the church’s pricey Manhattan mid-rise.

Specific among the concerns were states with “regressive immigration laws, laws banning marriage equality, and laws that encourage gun violence.”

Among the 15 cities examined for a potential future headquarters were New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale and Cincinnati. Eighty percent of Episcopal Church attendees live in the Eastern and Central time zones, with the report noting that the church’s population center is gradually shifting southward.

While noting that Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the location of the King Center, the city was downgraded due to Georgia’s “Arizona-style immigration law.” The report also complained of so-called “stand…

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