SAVANNAH, Ga. ‚ÄĒ For 274 years, there has been one Christ Church here, and it is a congregation with a proud history.
Started with a land grant from King George of England and led by famous names like John Wesley and George Whitfield, Christ Church has been the spiritual home of some of this city‚Äôs most notable residents, including Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
So it was unsettling, to say the least, for some longtime members when Christ Church, which is believed to be the first church established in Georgia, voted recently to part ways with the Episcopal diocese it had been a part of for more than 200 years to join an Anglican diocese in Uganda.
‚ÄúI just feel a tremendous loyalty to this church, and I am confused about this situation,‚ÄĚ said Frances R. Maclean, 85, a member of Christ Church for 55 years who saw her children baptized and then married in its century-old chapel. ...