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We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; we also remembered the 450th anniversary of Mr. (Bp., Salisbury) John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed defense, An Apology of the Church of England. In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. Our book for October 2014 is Francis Turretin's 3-volume "Institutes of Elenctic Theology" at: Our book for November 2014 is Calvin's magnum opus, the "Institutes of Christian Religion" at: Our book for December 2014 is Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at:

Friday, July 6, 2012

Declining Episcopal Church to Sell "815 2nd Ave, NYC"

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FOR SALE: Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue ordered to put out "For Sale" sign

By Mary Ann Mueller
Special Correspondent
July 6, 2012

In an unexpected cost cutting move the House of Deputies passed Resolution D016 ordering the sale of The Episcopal Church headquarters building in New York.

Affectionately known throughout The Episcopal Church as "815", the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society's corporate location is 815 Second Avenue in New York City, just a block behind the United Nations.

When the HOD finally approved D016 late Friday afternoon it was passed without a deadline for the actual sale of the Manhattan Island structure.

Originally the Resolution came out of the Committee on Structure Friday morning with the mandate to sell the church headquarters building before the 2015 General Convention is convened in Salt Lake City.

Now the tweaked version simply reads: "Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring - That it is the will of this Convention to move the Church Center headquarters away from the Church Center building at 815 2nd Avenue, New York City. Accordingly, the General Convention directs the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church to sell the Church Center Building at 815 Second Avenue, New York City."

All references to time "...prior to the 78th General Convention and to report to that Convention on the sale," were stripped by the House of Deputies.

The next stop for D016 is the House of Bishops. The bishops have several options. They can pass the Resolution as presented to them, or put the teeth back into D016 by reinserting a timeframe, or scuttle the Resolution altogether and go back to the drawing board.

TEC financial figures show that it costs more than $11 million a year to be backyard neighbors to the UN.

Mary Ann Mueller is a journalist living in Texas. She is a regular contributor to VirtueOnline.

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