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N.C. Episcopalian Group Faces Debate on Gay Roles

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Episcopal Church's national debate over itsfirst openly gay bishop will hit home when the state's faithfulmeet in High Point this month.

The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is one of three diocesesin the state. It'll hold its annual meeting Jan. 29 - 31.

At issue are whether the church should continue to open itsdoors to gay clergy, whether churches should be penalized forlimiting their giving to the diocese, and whether congregationsshould be able to keep their buildings if they split with thediocese.

Currently, if congregations leave over theological differences,their property goes to back the diocese.

Changing that convention might mean altering church canon.

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